Fingernails are a work of art in Japan. They take it very seriously here, however, I tend to keep my nail designs a little on the simple side. First of all, I think those incredibly fancy & intricate nail designs can get pretty pricey, but also, you don’t see those often in America so I think I woud have a difficult time finding a person who could maintain them for me.
I meant to get my very outgrown nails done before I came to visit Rob but… life. Anyway, I googled places here in Yokosuka and came across Jelly Nails, who received rave reviews. It was nearby and people had awesome things to say about them so it was an easy choice. On top of that, they were prompt in getting back to me to set an appointment. All huge wins!
My appointment was with nail tech and salon owner, Angela, who spent quite a bit of time living in America and is fluent in perfect English. While my design request was a simple one I pulled off Google, I walked away a happy customer! Angela’s customer service was great and she was pleasant to talk to. Usually, I prefer it if people just do their job so we can get through the appointment and I can go on my way, but I actually enjoyed talking to her. We chatted about our husbands and where we’re from, time she’s spent in Washington, why I’m in Japan, and American vs Japanese nail salons, education, laws, etc. My experience at Jelly Nails was way better than that of any of the nail salons I’ve used back home (and I’ve used quite a few over the years) & I wish this place was near my home because I wouldn’t go anywhere else! I’m sure there are some wonderful nail techs back home and I probably just haven’t found them yet but this experience has inspired me to do some research and find someone awesome. I don’t know when or even if we will be back to Yokosuka after this trip, but if we ever are, I would love to pay another visit to Jelly Nails and have Angela do a new design for me! Angela wasn’t nearly as rough as some of the nail techs I’ve worked with before, she took her time and paid perfect attention to detail & my nails are flawless! She has an instgram & a Facebook page, featuring the hands of yours truly, but also, all the other works of art she and her employee have created. Some of them are pretty but not over the top, much like mine, but some of them showcase those amazing, wild nails that are so popular in Japan. There is one specific set on there that is ocean themed, with blue nails and little gold starfish that I especially like.
This was such a good experience!
Bonus: I asked her if she likes ramen. Naturally, like so many others here, she loves it. I told her about my ramen experiences and where I’ve gone, and told her, “If that was ramen, I don’t like it.” She looked at me and laughed, and said, “We don’t even call that ramen!” She said she’s pretty sure people only go to these places because of the convenience and because they don’t know better. Thank goodness! I told her I thought I was the only person on the planet who must not like ramen but this makes me a little less scared to try it again. I always plan to give it another try but always back out. Good to know!