A New Yorker Takes on the Hospitality of Japanese Cuisine
Ms. Hideko Colton, celebrity chef and a close personal friend of Shizuka’s, just published her first book:
“NY Omotenashi Recipe” is Hideko Colton’s first book that’s currently available at Kinokunya Bookstore. The book offers a selection of Ms. Colton’s popular recipes and party ideas enjoyed in her cooking classes and dinner parties conducted in NYC over the past five years.
Ms. Colton, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, created a cooking class in 2010 called the “NY * hospitality cooking class”. Her unique cooking methods and party ideas has attracted over 1000 students from countries around the globe such as France, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, and the UK.
Ms. Colton’s signature culinary style combines Japanese ingredients and dishes with a modern flair for entertaining and sharing. Look to “NY Omotenashi Recipe” as a guide book for delectable ideas and how-tos for creating an enjoyable “party flow” fit to please any NYC crowd.
Hosting an entertaining dinner party in New York City is easier than you think! Ms. Colton has been a NYC resident for the past 25 years and her book shares ideas from home preparations to table coordination to coming up the with perfect drink and food menu. Her fresh and creative ideas offers a New Yorker’s take on the hospitality of Japanese cuisine as evidenced in her NYC parties and public events.
Ms. Colton’s debut book is a testament to her passion to bring new life into Japanese cuisine and hospitality.
Top 10 Spas in NYC
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is listed in The Culture Trip’s list, NYC’s Top 10 Spas: Find Your Urban Relaxation. We’re thrilled for the recognition and invite you to come in to experience our signature facials and body treatments as well as our nail salon, cosmetic services, and much much more!
Shizuka Day Spa
Shizuka Day Spa is all about the Japanese holistic way, offering massages, saunas, and facials to soothe the mind and invigorate the body as well as impeccable nail services for the fashion-forward. Perfect for couples, cliques, or much-needed solo time, Shizuka’s ‘Geisha Facial’ is a popular treatment that keeps customers loyal. A favorite among celebrities and high-profile figures, this unique facial is made of Nightingale droppings, which is a Japanese tradition to enhance and beautify the skin.
Shizuka Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 644 7400
Cultural Differences in Pubic Hair Removal
In a recent article by a Japanese publication WithNews, titled “The Hair Removal Situation in USA: Is it for “Unexpected Happenings” as well as for for Men & the Elderly?, the author describes the differences among Japanese and American people’s tendencies to care for their pubic hair region. The author concludes that the outcome is largely due to overall cultural differences in hair care and grooming.
The article explains that Japanese people tend to not care as much for pubic hair care maintenance as American people. In American drugstores you are more likely to see hair care products and tools such as razors or hair removal creams more than you would in Japan.
Shizuka Bernstein, owner and lead aesthetician of Shizuka new york Day Spa in Manhattan was quoted in the article saying that Americans are culturally more likely to be aware of each others’ body hair just as a cultural consequence of greater everyday physical contact. In this way, it would make more sense that Americans would be more conscious and aware of pubic hair care as well.
“Compared with Japanese people, Many American people have thicker body hair by nature because of the difference of constitution. So the hair removal service is already so commonplace that taking it a step further to cover pubic hair grooming is not a big deal and seems natural.”
The author concludes that there are cultural differences in pubic hair removal. American people tend to be more open-minded when it comes to sex and so it would make sense they would go to greater lengths to care for pubic hair over Japanese people.
Toyama Barber and Beauty School visits Shizuka New York
On September 30th, 2015 students from the Toyama Barber and Beauty School in Japan traveled to Shizuka Bernstein’s Manhattan spa to hear her speak about the beauty industry in the United States. Following the lecture about beauty and business, students observed and participated in the application of Shizuka New York Day Spa’s Signature Micro Facial (80min, $170). Shizuka demonstrated her signature touches that make every facial and treatment a positively memorable experience for clients.
One student from the school interned for Shizuka new york Day Spa for the day to gain real life spa experience answering phones, taking appointments, and cleaning. It was an uplifting experience for all! Here’s a video one student made to commemorate her day at the spa.
World-renowned Facial at Shizuka New York
News of The Geisha Facial continues to spread the world over. Shizuka’s The Geisha Facial made it on The Times of India’s top 5 of the world’s most bizarre beauty trends; a list that also includes a vampire facelift and snake massage!
Bird Poop Facial – The very thought of it is disgusting but bird poop facials have taken Japan by a storm. Also called Shizuka’s Geisha Facial, the facials use traditional Japanese ingredients to soften the skin and the secret ingredient is none other than faeces of Japanese Nightingale bird.
Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial and owner and lead esthetician at Shizuka New York Day Spa, created the facial eight years ago after learning about the natural beautifying properties of nightingale droppings from her mother. While the world-renowned facial at Shizuka New York continues to delight people throughout the world, delighted clients at the spa continue to benefit from this celebrity facial.
Scents of a Geisha: A Natural Way to Heal the Skin
One aspect of the facial that gets newcomers both squirmy and anxious is the smell. Because we all know poop, well, smells. However, because all bacteria has been removed from the bird droppings, what we are left with is its essential enzymes and guanine components which carry a slight ‘earthy’ scent.
Upon creating the facial seven years ago, Shizuka Bernstein, master aesthetician and creator of The Geisha Facial® decided to mix the sterilized bird droppings with rice bran powder to both sweeten its natural scent as well as add additional exfoliating and brightening properties to the facial. Some say the mixture smells like toasted rice or peanut butter. Medical Daily reporter, Susan Scutti, says it smells like ‘honeysuckle’.
Shizuka wanted the facial to be both results-oriented as well as provide a pleasant experience for the customer to unwind and relax knowing their skin is in good hands.
Imagine the scent of honeysuckle complemented with the gentle aroma of camellia flowers, green tea, and lavender oil all derived from the Shizuka NY Skincare System products used throughout the facial. Shizuka created The Geisha Facial® as a natural way to heal the skin while ensuring you feel relaxed and pampered throughout.
As Ms. Scutti remarked in the video, “the smells are part of the peaceful feeling”.
CBS News reveals The Geisha Facial as an Effective Beauty Treatment
An interview with Shizuka Bernstein and one of our clients aired on September 8th, 2015 on a CBS news segment titled: Ugly Beauty.
Sometimes the best ingredients in beauty treatments are sourced directly from mother nature, with results that are much prettier than the ingredients themselves. Natural beauty treatments that use all-natural ingredients like sterilized bird droppings bring added benefits to your skin that synthetic products may not be able to deliver. For example, the naturally occurring enzymes in guanine (main ingredient in bird droppings) retexturizes skin to impart a pearly luster.
Here’s a portion of the transcript from the CBS News segment:
Manhattan spa owner Shizuka Bernstein created a facial using nightingale droppings.
“I really do swear by it,” she said.
Client Amanda Hoffman said the bird poop, which was allegedly first used hundreds of years ago to cleanse the skin of Geisha, has made a world of difference in her skin.
The droppings are UV sterilized which produces a powder form of the ingredient mixed with rice bran to help with the smell. Clients said the results are immediate.
“So you must wonder, ‘ok, what will it do for the skin?’” she said.
Experts say longevity is key when seeking out ugly beauty products.
“Fads will come and go, but if it’s been out there for six to eight months I think it’s pretty safe to try,” Dr. Kavita Mariwalla said.
The Geisha Facial® has been around for seven years, since 2008, so we’d say it’s more than a fad, it’s a tried and true beauty treatment!
Innovative Spa Treatments that Deliver Glowing Skin
The Geisha Facial® was highlighted in a recent article on TODAY.com about popular and innovative spa treatments that deliver glowing skin. Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein was quoted as an authority on beauty and wellness in the spa industry:
“Spas are a wonderful place to experience what’s on the leading edge in the beauty industry and to try out the same red carpet treatments celebrities receive for their flawless skin,” Shizuka Bernstein, Owner and Lead Aesthetician of Shizuka New York Day Spa, who created the Geisha Facial. “In this way celebrity beauty can be accessible for everyone.”
Only in spas can you experience new and exciting ways to achieve optimum skin while being pampered in a relaxing setting. Read more about The Geisha Facial® and other popular and innovative spa treatments that are not only on the leading edge on the beauty and wellness front, but also deliver in the pampering department as well.
Come and experience how a relaxing bird poop facial can also deliver glowing skin!
All eyelash extension treatments at Shizuka new york are completely customizeable according to your needs. Extension choices include curl, length, and thickness.
We offer two eyelash curls: the J Curl and the C Curl. As the shape of the letter suggests, the J Curl offers a slight curl at the end while the C Curl offers a curl that starts nearer to the root of the eyelash. Both looks open the eyes and add more volume to your natural lashes.
The full set below features J curl lashes affixed using a variety of different lengths: 10, 11, 12, 13 cm. Your technician will be able to further asses and recommend the best combination of lengths to achieve the exact look you want.
Whether you’re going for dramatic or a naturally subtle enhancement, eyelash extensions can open up your eyes and elevate your look to the next level. Eyelash extensions are highly recommended for special events like weddings, parties, or everyday beauty enhancement!
Read on for tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer.
Tips to keep your lashes looking perfect longer
Consult a Professional
Get a professional consultation before getting eyelash extensions affixed to your natural lashes. You want to make sure you get the best look for your buck! Let Kim Kardashian have her own look, let’s find you yours! By assessing the condition of your natural lashes, a licensed esthetician will help you decide on the best curl and length for your ultimate beauty enhancement.
Keep Lashes Dry
Eyelash glue can take up to two days to firmly bond to your natural lashes so avoid getting them wet as much as possible. Be sure to protect them while showering and washing your face and completely avoid activities like swimming and those that involve excessive sweating like using saunas and working out. If you go in the water, wear goggles to protect those lashes.
Gently Remove Makeup
Use makeup removal wipes to gently remove makeup from the eye area. Avoid using cotton balls or pads as cotton fibers can get stuck in lashes and make them fall out sooner. A little extra care everyday can extend the life of your lashes in the long run.
Most mascaras will interfere with eyelash glue lessening their bond to the eyelash extension. Mascara, especially oil-based ones, can be difficult to remove which can further weaken and limit the life of the eyelash extension. Added benefits of getting eyelash extensions include giving mascara and eyelash curlers some time off. Enjoy it!
Reset and go!
You’re bound to get eyelashes wet in the shower or after cleansing your face. When this happens simply reset them by combing them gently with an eyelash comb and blow dry them with a hairdryer set on its coolest setting. Using hot air will further weaken the eyelash extension adhesive.
Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side can cause eyelash extensions to bend awkwardly throughout the night making them difficult to deal with in the morning. In order to protect lashes during slumbering hours, sleep on your back instead.
Affordable Celebrity Beauty Treatments
Here’s the scoop on the latest celebrity beauty scene from OK! Magazine and Hollywire press. Celebrity beauty is always a hot topic here at SNY because if there’s a new and better way to achieve flawless red carpet and silver screen skin perfection, we want to know! Celebrities show us what measures they are willing to take to look their best. Sometimes celebrities push the bar into unusual over-the-top treatments like placenta facials or caviar cream and others go back to nature for natural beauty secrets like using Demi Moore who uses leeches to detoxify her blood or Blake Livey who uses mayonnaise to retain hydration for her hair. Would you try any of these celebrity beauty secrets for yourself?
OK Magazine and Hollywire shared some of these popular and unusual beauty secrets from Hollywood’s most glamorous beauties. Some treatments are downright scary like vampire facials from Kim Kardashian and placenta face cream used by Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria. Some more expensive treatments include caviar face cream used by Angelina Jolie, and how about the $7K facial that Mila Kunis throws down for that uses daimonds and rubies to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Both OK! Magazine and Hollywire press lists Victoria Beckham and her use of The Geisha Facial to achieve her flawless glowing perfection. Of all the facial treatments mentioned, it’s the most affordable celebrity beauty treatment (aside from Snooki’s cat litter exfoliant–we don’t judge).
With The Geisha Facial you can receive a celebrity treatment without the celebrity price tag. Shizuka Bernstein, the creator of The Geisha Facial, prides herself and her highly trained estheticians to instill every facial experience with calming and authentic Japanese aesthetics. With SNY’s signature celebrity beauty treatment each client will feel like a celebrity before, during, and especially after their facial!
Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015
Every year, the Manhattan Award Program selects local businesses in Manhattan for their marketing achievements to establish themselves as a valuable small business in their community. This year the Manhattan Award Program awarded Shizuka New York Day Spa with the Best of Manhattan Day Spa 2015 award.
We’re pleased to receive this annual award with a renewed commitment to continue our long-term value to our local and international customers.
We’re thrilled to share that Shizuka New York Day Spa was selected as a ‘Best of New York Spa’ by Insider’s Guide to Spas!
A panel of Expert Spa Judges at Insider’s Guide to Spas shone some spotlights on the best of New York City Spas. Scroll down to the “Most unusual treatment” category to find The Geisha Facial listed!
Geisha Facial at Shizuka NY Day Spa, 7 West 51st Street, 212-644-7400. An ancient Geisha beauty secret, this facial is often referred to as the “Bird Poop Facial.” It uses powdered nightingale droppings to help brighten and nourish complexions. SHIZUKANY.COM
Experience The Geisha Facial for yourself to see how this popular ‘unusual spa treatment’ utilizes all-natural ingredients for smoother and brighter skin!
A Spa Day with Shizuka awarded on the Style Network
The Style Network show ‘How do I look‘ hosted by Jeannie Mai and celebrity stylists awarded a spa day at Shizuka new york Day Spa to one lucky makeover contestant. The show lets the contestant’s two closest friends and relatives and a celebrity stylist design a custom makeover contributing to the ‘new look’.
In this How Do I Look episode Finola Hughes surprises Emily Blumenthal with a spa day makeover including treatments with Shizuka Bernstein, one of which is the luxuriously pampering Signature Micro Facial. The Signature Micro Facial featured in Allure Magazine is a complete deep cleansing facial that includes a hand and shoulder massage and reflexology foot treatment.
Schedule a spa day for yourself or with a friend by choosing a combination of your favorite treatments or choose from our pre-selected Spa Package menu.
Where to Shop, Eat, Drink, and Relax in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan
Get the scoop on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and explore in the bustling area of Midtown Manhattan surrounding SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, who lives and works in Midtown, shares her personal midtown hot spots to find your own serenity in the city and make your visit to the area a memorable one! She’s put together some itinerary options including a serenity-in-the-city stop at her day spa for some pampering and relaxation time to rest and recharge before setting out again into the city that never sleeps!
Shizuka’s City Guide: Serenity in the City, Midtown Hot Spots
Slow down, relax, and surround yourself with beauty:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Saks Fifth Avenue
Relax and recharge with our Japanese hospitality at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa. We are eight blocks from Central Park South, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and across from Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Break for lunch:
Eat lunch with Central Park views at the Time Warner Center restaurants or at The Robert NYC.
See a show or go to the theater at The Paley Center or to Times Square for Broadway shows.
Call it a night with dinner and drinks at:
Fig & Olive
So–whether you’re here on vacation, for work, or just want to explore more of what Midtown Manhattan has to offer, check out the list above for places that prove this vibrant part of NYC has got something for everybody.
Shizuka NY was named a 2015 New York City Hot Spot to relax and unwind by Avianca em Revista Magazine!
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial® was featured in the February 2015 Issue of Avianca em Revista Magazine, a magazine for Brazil’s Avianca airlines. The article is titled “Relax em Nova York” or “Relax in New York”.
The magazine listed SHIZUKA new york Day Spa as a preferred New York City Spa and “hot spot” to relax, unwind, and “beautify” in between shopping, sight-seeing, and exploring.
SHIZUKA new york Day Spa is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan across from Rockefeller Center Plaza, so as you can imagine tourists and New Yorkers alike visit our spa for a bit of respite and relaxation in between a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing, for a special day of pampering, after a long day at work, or even for a quick beauty stop during lunch hour.
Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa Named One of the City’s Best
New York News named Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa one of the best in the city! If you’re looking for the perfect father’s day gift, a Gift Certificate to Shizuka New York’s Men’s Spa should do the trick. Our men’s spa has everything you need for grooming and polishing like nail treatments, waxing, facials, massages, and much more.
At the Men’s Spa, men can get the smooth, porcelain-like skin that facial promises, along with other treatments like anti-aging facials, toning facials, chest facials, back facials, botox, hair removal, hair rejuvenation, eyelash tinting, mani- and pedicures, and all manner of massages.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution Lists this Spa for an Unforgettable Gift for Mom
A spa service at SHIZUKA new york Day Spa made it into the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week.
In an article titled: Top 3 ways to make your Mother’s Day gift unforgettable, SNY’s The Geisha Facial was mentioned as the only spa service in the U.S. to make an unforgettable mother’s day gift.
Now, both of those services are offered by spas outside of the U.S. But if you want something a little closer to home, you can always get your mom the Bird Poop Facial from a spa in New York.
Now Mom can enjoy this unforgettable gift any time of year with a SNY Gift Certificate. Choose from a variety of designs and have it emailed directly to her inbox.
See other recent press about SHIZUKA new york Day Spa here.
Shizuka New York in American Spa Magazine
Shizuka New York Day Spa is mentioned in American Spa Magazine’s May 2015 issue!
The Geisha Facial® is still getting media buzz, almost as much as it did when Shizuka New York Day Spa owner, Shizuka Bernstein, introduced the facial to the beauty and spa industry in 2008.
According to owner and celebrity facialist Shizuka Bernstein, geishas relied on frequent facials using nightingale droppings to not only remove makeup but also to brighten and heal their skin. She attributes the ingredient’s natural enzymes and guanine to helping impart a pearly luster to the skin.
In the article, spa consultant Peter Anderson speaks to how the origin of The Geisha Facial stems from ancient Japanese culture and how “that predates a modern understanding of skincare”.
Many of these facials have their roots in culture and chemistry that predates a modern understanding of skincare.
The usage of nightingale droppings in The Geisha Facial isn’t the facial’s only element with ancient Japanese origins. A recent article on Vogue.com highlights an ancient Japanese skincare technique known as double-cleansing. The Geisha Facial (and all other SNY facials) incorporates double-cleansing using the all-natural products from the Shizuka New York Skincare System to thoroughly cleanse and refresh the skin before the nightingale droppings are applied. This technique maximizes the “Geisha Glow” effect following the facial.
Shizuka New York Day Spa in Marie Claire
At the top of their list of 6 Bizarre Beauty Treatments You Never Knew Existed, Marie Claire listed Shizuka New York Day Spa’s The Geisha Facial as number one!
It’s said that Geishas would use nightingale feces to keep their skin beautiful and unblemished, and would brighten and heal their skin after continued use. At Shizuka Spa in New York, powdered nightingale droppings are sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light and mixed with Japanese rice bran to enhance its exfoliating properties. $180 for a facial; shizukany.com
The Geisha Facial is pooping–er–popping up all over the world wide net. We received this new mention in Her.ie, an online publication from Ireland!
According to New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman, “The bird dung is UV irradiated to make it sterile,” and isn’t as laden in bacteria as you might expect.
So how exactly does the bird bowel contents work its way into your skincare routine?
The bird poop facial uses powdered nightingale droppings, and can be massaged into your skin for $180 at Shizuka New York Day Spa.
Sakura Inspired Skincare with Fruit Enzyme Peels
Every spring Japanese sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom around the world displaying its natural ephemeral and gleaming beauty. In Japanese, the term ‘hanami’ pertains to the practice of gathering together with friends and family under sakura trees when they’re in full bloom. Hanami literally means “blossom watching”. Gatherings usually comprise of bringing boxed meals or bento to picnic under the blooms. Hanami is a tradition over a thousand years old and is a symbol of togetherness, fresh renewal, and all the notions of new life that spring brings with it every year.
Sakura blossoms last only for a week or two so hanami is a special time for people to meet and create joyous memories together.
These cherry tree blossoms represent a beaming delicate beauty that’s displayed only once a year, but in terms of skincare you can gently revitalize your skin anytime with fruit enzyme peels. Fruit peels are a natural alternative to acid peels to refresh your skin’s tone and texture regularly. This Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate your skin while joyously indulging your senses in the deep luscious scents of sweet cherries and red wine.
How to Get Smooth Skin while Beating Cellulite
A recent article in The Hindustan Times mentions our Geisha Facial in an article about celebrity beauty secrets titled: Bird poop and leeches to mayonnaise: 17 bizarre celeb beauty secrets.
While The Geisha Facial is an all-natural way to cleanse the skin, the enzymes in the nightingale droppings work to also gently exfoliate and nourish the skin producing smooth glowing results. Just look at Victoria Beckham!
Victoria Beckham loves a good bird poop facial
Bird poo? No, seriously! The Daily Mail reports that the former pop star’s glossy skin is all about bird poop and smearing it on her face. Also known as the Geisha facial, it is an ancient Japanese beauty practice that uses nightingale droppings to form a cleansing paste. Sounds gross, but it works. What’s more, celebrities (including Posh’s hubby David Beckham) are all about it today as it leaves the skin super shiny and smooth.
Further down the list notes that Halle Berry uses coffee grounds to deeply cleanse and smooth her skin. Coffee grounds is also a natural way to beat cellulite. Halle Berry proves our Coffee Break Mud Wrap is a tried and true way to achieve smooth vibrant skin!
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