Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cocok's with a Silent "K"

I've been hearing about the infamous Cocok's (pronounced Co-Co's) ever since arriving on the island - which has now been about 2 1/2 months! What have I heard? Only that its supposed to be the best nail salon on the island, and its located just about 15 minutes from our house. I absolutely love pedicures, but even in California, I hardly let myself indulge in them, so it shouldn't come as a shock that I almost went 3 months (a quarter of a year for goodness sake!) without paying a visit to Cocok's.

My friend Amber had been there a couple times before and suggested we make a day out of it, and I loved the idea - I was in need of some "girl time" as well as super excited to check out such a popular new place! Amber and I got some lunch, did some shopping, and then headed over to Cocok's for our appointment. The salon is located on the second level of a little building right along the Sunabe Sea Wall, overlooking the East China Sea. This is coincidentally the very location Matt and I had just completed our dive certification the other day:)

Inside, Cocok's felt like a little tiki hut with wicker and bamboo decor. It was smaller than I expected for how much I had heard about the place, but it also felt very cozy and relaxing - a little bit like you were in your own little private cabana looking out over the ocean. We were greeted and immediately served some delicious iced tea that was refilled throughout our visit. The chairs were not the classic "pedicure stations", but over sized comfy lounge chairs. The girls recline you, cover your lap with a blanket, and hand you books of nail art to make your selection from. There were pages upon pages of nail art to choose from - we were bookmarking our favorites, but it was almost impossible to narrow them down to one! The nice thing is that you aren't rushed at all - we got to take our time making our decisions while getting our nails cleaned up and our feet and legs massaged with our choice of scented oil. The massage was the BEST and lasted about 30 minutes!

After showing my technician which design I wanted, she went to work, using nail polish, acrylic paint, and a teeny tiny paint brush to create the intricate designs - it was actually hand-made art right there on my toes! They were incredibly steady-handed and talented.

After it was all said and done, the entire pedicure and nail art took about 1 1/2 hours and cost 3900 yen. Considering everything you get with the experience, including the quality of their work and how long the designs have been known to last on your toes, I think it was well worth it. I am now a tried-and-true fan of Cocok's with a silent "k"!

Mine and Amber's nails

Close-up of my nail art



  1. How Fun! Wow! Like you said "hand-made art right there" on your toes" How much is 3900 yen again? I've forgotten the conversion rate.
    Well, right now it is 10:20 am Thanksgiving Day! Happy Thanksgiving to you both! God is so good, isn't He? Think of all the blessings He abundantly provides. Praying you reflect and enjoy every one of them. Love you both and be assured you are part of God's blessings to me. Hugs! xo