6 Treats To Give Yourself This Valentine’s Day
This Valentine's Day, treat the number one person in your life: yourself
Single or in a relationship, you're an independent woman who knows how to treat herself.
February kicks in and you know it is happening again: fancy chocolates, romantic dinners, “I heart you” toys and all the beautifully heart-shaped gifts are already in every store in the city. This year, however, you feel more independent and creative and you know that the only way to make other people happy and spread the love is by loving yourself first. So, regardless of whether you’re single or in a relationship, this Valentine’s Day, celebrate romance the proper way by treating yourself to some “I Love Me” time. Here are six things you can do in Tokyo this year for yourself!
1. A full pampering session at Nua
While we’re no stranger to the whole crusty pajama and messy bun look, feeling beautiful on the outside is always a reliable pick-me-up — especially during the colder, post-holiday months. Spread the love (and good skincare) with one of Tokyo’s must-visit beauty salons’ gift cards which you can use for some well-deserved beauty treatment just in time for V-Day (and beyond). Facials, nails, waxing, IPL or SHR services are all delivered by English-speaking therapists using the latest technology. For this Valentine’s Day, Savvy readers can use the code VALENTINES 18 and get 20% off all online eGift cards purchases made before February 15th 2018. The best thing about this gift is that you can also share the love with your friends — buy them a gift card too and treat yourselves together!
To Book: www.nuajapan.com
Nua Omotesando: Call 03-6804-5285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nua Hiroo: Call 03-3444-3055 or email email@example.com
Price: NUA Gift cards are available for purchase online or in store. Prices begin from ¥5,000, and can be charged in ¥1,000 denominations. Dermalogica and Guinot skin-care products are also available for purchase in NUA salons, with complimentary gift wrapping.
2. A relaxing facial or massage at Elana Jade
Celebrate this Valentines Day with the one you love, a.k.a., me, by treating yourself to a relaxing facial or massage. Organic beauty salon Elana Jade is offering an exclusive offer to Savvy readers: 60 min Conditioning Facial or a 90 min Aromatherapy Oil Massage for only ¥10,000 (save up to ¥4,000). Generously sized, private rooms provide a relaxing haven where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life, while the aroma of fresh organic herbs and oils further tantalize the senses. Other Elana Jade services include organic waxing and spray tanning, as well as nails, eyelash extensions and eyelash tinting. Why not go for a full body overhaul? Go on, you deserve it.
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon, Tue), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Wed, Thu, Fri), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat, Sun)
Where: 3-6-2 Azabujuban, Minato City, Tokyo
See other offers at Elana Jade here.
3. A fancy strawberry afternoon tea at the Peninsula
There’s no better way to say “I love me” than to spend time indulging in the very thing we deprive ourselves of through the rest of the year: desserts. A two-hour session of oh-so-pretty sweets served by well-dressed waiters in a richly decorated hotel lobby? Sounds like the perfect day date. Treat yourself to the best in town with The Peninsula’s Strawberry Afternoon Tea which makes the most of the berries peak season (right now) with gorgeous strawberry pastries and cakes, as well as their iconic scones with strawberry jam. Add a glass of bubbly and say cheers to your own fantastic company.
Time: 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Until 28 February 2018
4. A night of painting and wine at ArtBar Tokyo
It doesn’t matter if you lack the experience or can’t really tell the difference between a Picasso and a Renoir painting, because this cool venue in Daikanyama is all about finding your true colors by painting as you like it (under, of course, the guidance of friendly bilingual instructors). And because wine always boosts creativity, the lovely people at ArtBar offer that as well — and snacks. This Valentine’s, go solo or with a friend and paint your interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss together with other art enthusiasts. The special Valentine event will also feature champagne, chocolates and light snacks, but you’re also free to bring your own food. This is a great place to leave all the stress behind, focus on creative work and enjoy some time doing something you’re probably not doing everyday. No need to prepare anything in advance, just go there, relax and let your brushes go wild!
Where: ArtBar Daikanyama, 7-2 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
When: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: ¥4,630 (if ordered online). Book here.
5. Fun time at Fuerza Bruta’s Tokyo show
It’s rare to want to see the same show twice in two months, but there’s something about #fuerzabruta that just makes you keep going. Good news: the show has been extended until May!! 😘 #fuerzabrutatokyo #somuchfun #totallyaddicted #youshouldseeittoo #tokyoentertainment #bestuseofyourmoney #onecheapdaypermonth #感謝デーでもう一度 @ali.vesey
As devoted fans to this highly entertaining show, we can guarantee two things: one, you’ll enjoy it immensely, and two, you will never feel alone at Fuerza Bruta: the crowd is large and everyone is united under endless cheering, whoas and oohs and a full one hour and ten minutes. The Japanese interpretation of the show, Wa! Wonder Japanese Experience, features samurais running on stage, geishas dancing and moving upside down, a descending pool with swimming ladies above you, acrobats coming onto you from the ceiling, taiko drums, dancing with the performers, singing, wind blowing, water showers, and even a chance for you to take part in the show (aim for a position in the center of the floor stage). This is a kind of show you would go to alone (or with friends) over and over again and you’ll enjoy it every time. If you need to go somewhere where you can get excited, shout as much as you can without risking being arrested, and enjoy being with a crowd of strangers who oddly enough don’t feel strangers, go watch this show this V-day!
Where: Stellar Ball: Shinagawa Prince Hotel, 4-10-30, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Cost: ¥5,800 (advance) or ¥8,700 (door). ¥2,824 for the 7 p.m. show on Feb 13. Book your tickets here.
6. A solo movie night at the cinema
This Valentine’s Day is a Wednesday, which just happens to coincide with “Ladies Day” at many cinemas across the city, including TOHO, Shibuya Cine Palace, Yebisu Garden Cinema and more. Tickets to the movies are just ¥1,100, down from the usual ¥1,800 or above, making it a popular time for women to head to the theater solo. Entertain your inner child with the surprise hit sequel, Paddington 2, following a polite bear’s adventures in London that received the most positive reviews ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Or go dark with a new release, Raw, a French-Belgian coming-of-age horror that has been touted as a subversive celebration of female empowerment.
Cheers to a different kind of Valentine’s Day!