匿名ユーザーの発言:: Hello! I bought a Yukata in a place where I could not try it on. Arriving home and finally being able to try it on, I realized, that it is too small. My hips are just too wide and the yukata won't close on the front. It's such a pity, especially because it was quite an expensive purchase for me. I really want to wear it, what could I do to wear it even if the size is not right?

heytherehydrangea:

gaijin-problems:

Oh no! I don’t have much experience with yukata, being 6’3” and all lol. I do know that when my group was dressed in kimono, they used an under layer put on me normally, and then an outer layer that covered the gap in the lower layer and instead placed the gap to the  side, revealing the under kimono instead of mu undergarments lol. So layering is possibly an option? Sorry I’m not much help, but I’ll post this here so that hopefully one of my followers who is more knowledgeable than me will see!

Wish you the best! <3

layering is not really a thing done with yukata. in hot, humid Japanese summers, the yukata and slip underneath are sometimes too much! (a lot of people even forgo the slip for shorts and a tank top, too.) under layers are something that’s part of how proper kimono are worn.

as a wide-hipped kitsuke student, myself, i know those feels, though. if it won’t close at all, there may not be much you can do, i’m afraid… can you get any kind of closure at all?

i’ve heard of some people having success in taking apart yukata (and kimono) and re-sewing it with a smaller amount of fabric in the seams, but that may or may not be something worth the effort to you depending on your abilities/interests in sewing.

you could always use it as a decoration?? or to dress one of your more Japanese-sized friends?

yukata are one of the few types of kimono that can actually be found rather easily in larger sizes. idk if you in Japan or not, but there are a lot of sites where you can order plus-sized yukata, and a lot of the better sites will actually tell you the max hip circumference the garment will fit. (other sites will list the widths of the different panels making up the garment and you have to do the math yourself to see if it will fit.)

ichiroya stocks plus-sized yukata, and kimono machi on rakuten offers yukata (and kimono) in some plus sizes as well as tall sizes.

匿名ユーザーの発言:: Hello! I bought a Yukata in a place where I could not try it on. Arriving home and finally being able to try it on, I realized, that it is too small. My hips are just too wide and the yukata won't close on the front. It's such a pity, especially because it was quite an expensive purchase for me. I really want to wear it, what could I do to wear it even if the size is not right?

Oh no! I don’t have much experience with yukata, being 6’3” and all lol. I do know that when my group was dressed in kimono, they used an under layer put on me normally, and then an outer layer that covered the gap in the lower layer and instead placed the gap to the  side, revealing the under kimono instead of mu undergarments lol. So layering is possibly an option? Sorry I’m not much help, but I’ll post this here so that hopefully one of my followers who is more knowledgeable than me will see!

Wish you the best! <3

匿名ユーザーの発言:: What are the positives of being a gaijin?

Japan is an amazingly beautiful country. The people as a whole are the nicest I’ve ever met. People will always be willing to help you if you are lost or confused. There is so much to do and see and experience. I love Japan with all my heart. <3

匿名ユーザーの発言:: This is probably centuries late in response to that Muslim posting - but I am a Muslim born in Japan (with headscarf) yeah I was born with the headscarf. Hahaaaaa I am made of funny. I haven't been subject to much prejudice 'some' but not enough to be bothersome. Nice blog btw ;)

Thank you very much for your input! Hopefully someone will find this helpful.

Thank you so much! <3

匿名ユーザーの発言:: HiHope you can help me. How do you write "Important element" (Characteristic) in Japanese. The dictionary I have does not include this meaning for element (it has the meaning relating to the Periodic Table of Elements). Thank you

Hmm. The closest I could find is 重要な要素 which is “Important element” in the sense that ‘Hard work is an important element of success.’ If that’s not what you’re looking for, “characteristic” is 持ち前.  If you can give me a sentence, that would make it easier. <3 Followers, please feel free to help ^o^

pjonの発言:: wahh love your blog ♥♥♥ keep it up!~

Ahhh thank you! <3

ileftmysoulintokyoの発言:: hey, for that Muslim anon, I went to Tokyo with a headscarf for 3 weeks and nobody noticed me! weeee! (except other foreigners, I felt harassed!) If you wander around looking at everything people tend to notice because you aren't 'going with the flow' so just walk fast and pretend to know where you're going! *runs speedily*

匿名ユーザーの発言:: Hello~,I was just wondering but would people glare at me if i'm really pale[not joking but if you put a blank page next to me i'm basically the same color] it's one of the things I would like to avoid,my friends just tell me not to stick out

Hi! Thanks for the question. Actually in Japan, pale skin is the goal for most* women. When the sun is shining, you will see almost every lady using a parasol to avoid the slightest tan. I have freakishly pale skin, and some of the mothers from my classes have complimented me. They are generally envious lol.

However, as a foreigner in Japan, you WILL stick out. So try not to interpret any stares you get as “glares”, just a sign of curiosity or interest. ^_^

*This doesn’t apply to women of “lower” means who spend their time working outside in fields, etc.

Sorry for the AskSpam.

I’m back in the USA (regretfully…) and have some time on my hands, so I’ll try to get this back on track a bit. I have several submissions, but more are always welcome! <3 Hope everyone is doing well.

匿名ユーザーの発言:: uh actually that sounds quite culturally inappropriate... o_O

Lol this is definitely in reference to the penpals post.

Rereading it, I’ll agree with you. It’s a good idea to make friends ahead of time to practice your language skills, and when you plan a visit, they will often offer to show you around or lend you a place to stay. 

However, begging someone you’ve never met to open their home is probably rude in MOST cultures. :P

pinku-tokyoの発言:: Your blog is really funny lol but I don't get some posts (probably because I have never went to japan XD) like why is it a problem being female? And what does it mean you have to sell your kidneys first before you send goodies home? Sorry if these are stupid questions :P

For your first question about being female in Japan, I wrote a blurb on that here. The “sell your kidneys” joke is just referencing the price. Anything aside from a letter is hella expensive. Thanks for the questions!

匿名ユーザーの発言:: oi, there's a billion diff ways to get to japan other than teaching or marriage. business, translation, tranfer student, eastern studies, becoming a buddist monk, etc. it's the lazy ppl who claim to love japan but refuse to learn the language or spend time educating themselves who sob for help like "plz just give me money so i can live in tokyo and not really work just wanna shop with geishas" . japan will kick their sorry underacheiving asses out before they pass security in narita.

匿名ユーザーの発言:: for all you poor gaijns out there: get Japanese pen pals and build friendships. It's what I did, and then I begged them to let me stay in their house for one night when I visited in return for gifts from, uh, well, non-Japan. I stayed in 6 different cities for the week I was in Japan, saved on hotel costs! >.<

Half-great advice! :P

Probably best not to beg though.

匿名ユーザーの発言:: Hey!Fan of yours and I see ppl have been on a roll. Here's my dilemma-I'm about to start getting my BA in business and a minor in either Language or Eastern Studies (in Canada) I'm quite good at Japanese and have a strong affinity for the Japanese way of thinking and most certainly would like to work there.But-I'm Muslim.I have light skin and dark eyes (am Syrian/Cherokee) I've been getting shit all my life from covering my hair, and even tho Japan isn't all 9/11 hyped, how many Muslims r there?

I quite often see Muslim women, but I haven’t seen too many men. However, that shouldn’t stop you from working in Japan. I will tell you that Muslims are definitely a minority, so you will face the difficulties that come with that. Best of luck!

oppressed-white-manの発言:: Why do white men in japan have sexist opinions about white women in general?

Pretty sure this isn’t a thing. Some people prefer Japanese women for various reasons. Men everywhere tend to have highly sexist views of women of all colors.