So, as many of you know, we were in Japan a couple of weekends ago on a project that we’re constantly cryptic about. While we were there, we went to Tokyu Hands, which is this really bizarre store that sells a lot of different things. Stationery, stickers, phone stuff, pet stuff, party supplies, bags, travel stuff. It’s like a gourmet Daiso without feeling like a dollar store. It’s great! And so, while we were there, we picked up some lovely things for our WTF videos. Here’s the first of a few.

I’m hoping somebody here has more experience with these things than we do. Has anybody used these with any degree of success? Our nose holes aren’t made for this. Mine in particular can fit three sedans in them, so a tiny plug the size of an iris isn’t going to do much more than waving a flag in the wind. Question, Japanese people: are your nose holesies smaller than our nose holesies? Or are we just freakish?

More interestingly though, is the prevalence of masks in Japan. Lots of people wear breathing masks there. We see them in Korea a bit, but in Tokyo we saw a lot, lot more. In fact, we even went to a shop that sold nothing but face masks. Martina bought one. All of the masks there had a whole bunch of designs, like moustaches or bears or cats or whatnot. They were all cute. What’s smart about them as well is that there was a fitting room for the masks, so you can see how you look with them on. How so, you ask? Wouldn’t that be gross to put on masks, like it would be to try on underwear? Simple: they had a Kinect machine. You picked the mask design, stood in front of the Kinect, and it showed your face on the screen with the mask on, so you could see if it matches your outfit and all. Cool!

But that’s for more overt face masks. For something more subtle and not in (and on) everyone’s faces, you can use these noseplugs. We spoke with a Nasty we met at Tokyu Hands (I hope you’re reading this!) and she said that these were becoming more popular, which brings us back to the question of if anyone has used these before. We’ve tried and failed. What’s your experience like? And what, umm, happens if you breathe through your mouth? Do they have mouthplugs as well? Because I’d imagine that might be a bit gross…

Another thing we’ve noticed about these things: I think they might be like Gremlins or that button from Drag Me to Hell, because these things are showing up everywhere. We only opened one package and used two of them, but we see them in the ground, find them in our pockets, find them in our bags. Who keeps doing this to us? Is it you, Leigh or Soo Zee, trying to creep us out? I don’t understand! Someone save me from this madness!

Question: will 2PM do an ad for these as well? You’re so beautiful, special nose. When I first smell you I fell in love with ya! Yep: it’s happening people.

That’s it for this week. We’ve got another video coming out tomorrow and maybe another one tonight if we have time to write the blog post for it. We need to find a bike today first, though. We just discovered a really nice path close to our home and we want to go biking and on picnics and stuff on our weekends now, and play cute music as Martina wears sweet dresses and we throw frisbees and wave to smiling people and all that other idyllic stuff. Commence rainbow puking! Point is, stay tuned to see when these videos come out by clicking on this pretty button below!

  1. I don’t see “Canada” written on their face… I just see two people … having their own personalities…sharing stuff they like sharing… don’t like their personality don’t watch.

  2. don’t feed the troll…don’t feed the troll…don’t feed the troll..ARRGGHHH I’m about to feed the troll! And I’m not going to be polite! I’m sorry! I’m sorry I’m taking the bait!

    1. They’re Canadian (you know, that group of people you respect so much more than Americans). That display of idiocy on your part should be the only thing anyone needs to read to disregard your entire comment.

    2. Your genius suggestion is that Simon and Martina should radically change the business model which has brought them a lot of success? Don’t go into business Shawn.

    3. You seem under the impression that your opinion on how they act and dress should be relevant to them. Are you sure you’re American? You seem to have missed out on some fundamental cultural values. If you are actually American, calm yourself Eisenhower. It’s not 1952.

  3. But, they don’t want to ( and more importantly they don’t have to).

    Not everyone has to act conservative and mature all the time. If you don’t like watching people with this style of humour then perhaps EYK is not for you.

    Also, Simon and Martina are Canadian.

  4. I saw this episode, also. I remember the investors *loving* the nose plugs. I’m not sure if they will sell as well in the USA, but I feel like people who live in large, smoggy cities would love them. My major concern is just how plain icky they look… Eeewwwwwwwwwww mucus-stoppers.

  5. you guys should upload a picture of the box [specifically the description side] and i could translate it for you. i’m guessing though it’s probably a snot collector or nose-bleed plug, since people in japan have a thing about not blowing their nose in public. srsly. SO ANNOYING!! people with colds just sitting there for hours sniffing every five minutes. can’t concentrate on jack SHIT. but yeah or could be like you said a smaller mask. those of us with glasses, if we wear the face mask, the glasses fog up instantly in winter. double blind!

  6. from what i understand, in japan alot of people have pollen allergies. that’s why they wear masks so often especially during spring. i’m guess this nose plug is an alternative to masks for pollen allergies.

  7. Simon tends to write like how he speaks- sort of random with odd metaphors and the occasional gangsta slang while with Martina you can almost hear the bubbly cheerfulness with intermittent tons of random questions.

  8. Ahaha! I watched this whilst reaching for the remaining gooey tapioca pearls from my long gone bubble tea… bad idea (≧Д≦)

  9. Oh! I was thinking about this the other day too! what brand are they?

  10. The first thing that came to my mind was when your nose is running. And since it’s bad behaviour to blow your nose in public in Japan, these can help you until you reach the toilet. My nose runs a lot when it’s windy, I on the other hand play the “gaijin” card here and blow my nose when I want to. Ugh I hate the noise people make when they instead of blowing their noses they try to keep it in… you know what I mean right… and that happens a lot in Japan.
    Oh and Tokyu Hands is a great shop! Next time you come to Japan go check “Loft” too, they are kinda similar! :D

    • my comrade in feels!! i have the same wind/nose problem, and it’s the only time i’m glad i’m obviously not japanese =w= every time people sitting there sniffling for ages i want to say very rude things very loudly

      • Ah yes! Just this week I tried to study in a quiet library but one girl was sniffling the whole time! >.< I felt like walking up to her and without saying a word give her a tissue! haha

        • haha that’s me on the bus to school! i was so tempted to hand the girl my handkerchief, but i figured that might be too nasty for her to handle

  11. Just me or Martina is screen-right, but sound-left (and Simon vice versa)?

  12. Fit three sedans huh, you and Kiseop should talk. http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l2s1pfRjOj1qa1xc8o1_250.gif

    Also, those plugs really did look like you had a set a blue nostril eyes. ‘Twas pretty freaky!

  13. Your picnics sound amazing! Can I come? :D
    Oh wait, I live in America.

  14. It just seems gross to me :s wouldn’t it come out and be all sticky and what not, just ugh xD and who the hell have such perfect circle nostrils?? they should make a heart-shaped one for Henry Lau xDD

  15. Oh!!!! is it for if you have a runny nose.. and it wont drip down while your studying or looking down?! ’cause.. I would use that when I’m sick or have allergies XD

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