5 Japanese Products for Your Period
It's that time of the month. Again.
It’s that time of the month. You’re bloated, cramping and have what seems to you a very passionate wish to lash out at every living thing within a one-meter radius. No matter what country you’re in, periods are no party. Thankfully, there are a number of great products available in Japan that are specifically designed to make it easier, letting you carry on your fabulous life wherever you are.
1. Sanitary Wet Tissue
These subtly fragranced sanitary wet sheets from drugstore fave Sofi are suitable for intimate areas, keeping you clean and saving you from feeling self-conscious especially on a particularly heavy day. They’re non-alcohol, safe on delicate skin and packaged with a generic girly design that means you can leave them in your desk for anytime use. Sold for approximately ¥200 at most drugstores.
2. Ms. Crayonhouse Silk Cloth Napkin
Chemical substances which are often included in conventional sanitary napkins can cause discomfort and itching for those with sensitive skin. This new silk-cotton sanitary napkin (¥2,052) from Ometesando-based organic specialty shop Crayonhouse is a great way to avoid any extra irritation, plus introduce a bit of luxury to your sanitary kit.
Silk is used for the surface touching the skin while the reverse side is made of warm flannel material that ensures proper insulation. Yes, you do have to go through the process of washing the napkin but this is a small price to pay because, let’s face it, wearing what feels like an adult diaper isn’t exactly good times either.
3. Nukudama Warming Cushion
Designed by an acupuncturist, the Nukudama (¥4,536) – also from Crayonhouse – was created to help relieve menstrual pain by warming the belly area. Containing gettou, a fragrant Okinawan anti-oxidant used for centuries in Ryukyu medicine, as well as organic brown rice, Okinawan roast salt and sand, you just need to warm the cushion in a microwave and place it on the pain for sweet relief.
4. Summer Haramaki
One of the most annoying things about periods, aside from the pain, mess and psychosis, is the bloating. Often for a whole week you’ll end up looking like you’re trying, and failing, to digest a car tire. These silk haramaki (¥1,080) work simultaneously as control pants and comforters at the same time, and they make your stomach look pretty while they’re at it too.
5. Menstrual Mooncup
The mooncup’s origins go all the way back to 1932 (don’t let that put you off) but have only taken off recently as an alternative to pads and tampons. It basically works as a reusable silicone cup that collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. You have to take it out every 4 – 12 hours to empty it before popping it back in again. The stand out benefit of a mooncup is that you can wear it pretty much all the time, even during physical activity – including swimming. Rakuten’s version (¥4,780) comes in a pair with a cute cotton bag.