CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO
Firstly, I should not be the one writing something about COCOK'S because I am a rookie. I'm not even sure what to call this place or these places. There are two. A beauty palace, perhaps. After eighteen months on island and eighteen months of staring at some of the most intricate toe-nail designs ever known to mine eyes, I finally jumped in and got my own toe job. After relaxing in a billowy recliner and being served green tea, I was handed two notebooks of toe art, as they say, to choose from. I don't make many complicated decisions on a daily basis and normally I wouldn't welcome any. However a smiling young lady was soaking, scouring, primping, trimming, painting and downright beautifying some atrocious feet during which time I was simply asked to choose a design. I did so slowly between bursts of delicious girl talk. It was fabulous.
This is not the only service they provide. I believe there are massages and haircuts to be had as well. I can't testify to anything else there though. Let this be a shameless plug to draw all you out there who go religiously. Tell us more. How much? How glamorous? How often?
The nails ran me 4,000 yen. And I tipped a couple hundred yen because the place has so many American customers that I wondered if they expected a tip. Then I worried that I was violating the no-tip rule here in Japan but then couldn't control myself. I just couldn't walk out paying nothing. Not because I'm nice so much as full of guilt. So tip if you like. Or not. But again, if you have thoughts on it, speak up.
The old Cocok's is left out of Kadena Gate One. After that left take your first right. This road goes straight to the sea wall and I'm pretty sure Cocok's is on this road somewhere but I'm playing dumber than dumb because I want your details in the comments so we can get this group of us up and running and sharing and talking. So do you know where it is?
The new Cocok's, which is the one I went to, is on 23. Left out of Kadena Gate One and then right on 23. Cocok's is on your right after a good while. Landmarks, anyone?
Talk to me, friends.