ビューラー (byūrā) eyelash curler

eyelash curler


【 ビューラー・byūrā 】eyelash curler

The root of most カタカナ words come from another language, but where does ビューラー originate?

ビューラー is a trademark that became a generic term for an eyelash curler. The original trademark was called 「ビウラ」(Spelled "BEAULA" derived from "ビューティーカーラー" beauty curler) registered by a phramaceutical company called 啓芳堂 (Keihoudou) in 1930. The company lost almost everything after the bombing of Tokyo and sold the commercial right to a cosmetics company.

Today, the manufacturer for the cosmetics company called 沼澤製作所 (Numazawa Seisakusho) holds 70-80% domestic market share (30% international market share) of eyelash curlers, produces 20,000 curlers a day (which includes OEM for brands like Shiseido), and sells 2 million eyelash curlers a year!

まつ毛(げ) (matsuge) = eyelash

まぶた (mabuta) = eyelid

「イタッ!」
(ita)
Owww!

「どうしたの?」
(doushitano)
What happened?

「ビューラーでまぶたを挟(はさ)んじゃった!」
(byūrā de mabuta wo hasanjyatta)
I pinched my eyelid with the eyelash curler!

「あらら」
(arara)
Oh, ouch.


Resources: Wikipedia, Keihoudou Pharmaceutical Co., and here

toothbrush

歯ブラシ (haburashi) toothbrush

toothbrush


【 歯ブラシ・haburashi 】toothbrush

歯 (は ha) is " tooth," ブラシ (burashi) is "brush," 磨く (みがく migaku) is "to polish," so 歯磨き (はみがき hamigaki) is to brush your teeth.

If you're ever shopping for a toothbrush in Japan (as we all have a preference), these are the terms that you will see on the packaging:

・やわらかめ (yawarakame) = soft

・ふつう (futsuu) = medium

・かため (katame) = hard

やわらかめ is "on the soft side" and かため is "on the hard side" to be exact.

energy drink

栄養ドリンク (eiyōdorinku) energy drink

energy drink


【 栄養ドリンク・eiyōdorinku 】energy drink

Here are some terms that you may see on 栄養ドリンク labels:

疲労回復 (ひろうかいふく hirōkaifuku) = recover from fatigue

滋養強壮 (じようきょうそう jiyōkyōsō) = analeptic

栄養補給 (えいようほきゅう eikyōhokyū) = nutritional supplementation

眼精疲労 (がんせいひろう ganseihirō) = eye fatigue

ノンカフェイン (nonkafein) = caffeine-free

tweezers

毛抜き (kenuki) tweezers

tweezers


【 毛抜き・kenuki 】tweezers

毛抜き is a term used for a pair of tweezers to pluck hair.

毛 (け ke) = hair
抜く (ぬく nuku) = pluck

Tweezers for handling other small items is called ピンセット (pinsetto) as in pincette.

From its history and tradition of sword making, 関 Seki City of 岐阜 Gifu Prefecture has remained the center of Japanese cutlery manufacturing. They are known for producing quality knives as well as grooming tools.