I was on the hunt for some cropped pants that actually FIT my size 12 frame. I knew regular stores around here were out. They go up to maybe size eight? I am not sure why, since I see plenty of larger Japanese women (my size or bigger.)
I went to Shimamura. I tried on some men’s pants and actually they were okay, but too short at the crotch.
Then I found their larger size women’s pants. First, I tried on 3L. Too small! Then 4L. Just right! And exactly right, no wiggle room at all. It doesn’t go up to 5L, so I can’t get any fatter or I won’t have anything to wear.
At top is the new hat I bought at Itoyokado. It was expensive. (3,500 yen, on sale from 5,000 yen.) However, my old hat, which I wore for years and years, came from the 100 yen shop and frankly I am sick of it. But price-wise each hat costs on average 1,750 yen, so I figure I come out even.
All the women wear hats in sunny weather here. It is to protect their skin from turning white, age spots, cancer and so on. I think it is a great idea. When we went to the amusement park last summer in the States, I was amazed that women in the U.S. don’t usually wear hats. Not smart!