Japan’s New Plus Size Magazine!

Hey guys!

I decided to postpone my fashion post this Sunday (japan time) to talk about something trending right now around the Internet courtesy of buzzfeed!

It’s in the title but just to say it again, Japan has finally taken a step in the right direction in my opinion and released its first plus size magazine! I have just finished my 2nd year here in Japan and had no idea that this magazine was published 1 year ago!!!!!!!!!!! I am always creeping the fashion magazines at the 7/11’s here and haven’t come across the plus size magazine yet but, not I will keep my eyes open for it!

The magazine “la Farfa” is breaking with tradition here in Japan and is now making headlines around the world! Maybe to people in Canada and America, it is not so different but over here in Japan, it is major!

In Japan the first thing I noticed upon arrival was that calories are literally listed everywhere you go… Unless it is a restaurant that is viewed as a “manly” restaurant, the calories won’t be listed. I have even been to restaurants in Japan that have special female menus that are smaller portioned and fewer calories. I also felt like every time there was an informertial on tv it was about weight loss something blah blah. You can even buy special sleep wear to wrap your body into so help you lose weight etc. Needless to say, the pressure to be thin here in Japan is high.

Bigger women here have a lot of pressure and judging eyes upon them here. Because I am a foreigner I feel like I have a slight pass due to perception of us being “fat” is normal… But I still get called fat by my students.

Sorry about that ramble… I could literally go on for days but, I am just trying to keep it short and sweet and make some kind of point. Maybe the pressure over here to be thin can only really be felt if you’re actively living here.

Anyways I am just so happy to wake up this morning and see on vuzzfeed this article ( http://www.buzzfeed.com/cathyngo/japans-first-plus-sized-fashion-magazine-is-breaking-traditi?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpj6#4ldqpj6  ) trending on Facebook! It’s never too late to take a step in the right direction and that is exactly what japan is doing. This magazine is trying to promote plus size bodies in Japan instead of fat-shaming like they do in other magazines.

Even better news, this magazine recently just celebrated their one year anniversary ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆
Rejoice!!!!!
Ta-Ta for now,

Jennifer

XOXO

      

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Valentine’s Day in Japan

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Can you feel it? That ever so sweet twinge in the air that starts in the beginning of February every year and abruptly ends after February 15th. Have you guessed yet as to what I was referring too? You got it, VALENTINES DAY.

Every year, thousands of people begin to scan their brains for ideas on how to make this Valentine’s Day more memorable for their long-time partner or trying to impress their new love as it is their magical first valentine’s day together. Valentine’s Day for couples that are without children and/or young children tend to be more focused on one another while people with older children flock to the idea of a family Valentine’s Day celebration. And last but certainly not least, we have our singles out there that are celebrating by getting drunk with friends bashing exes or those who don’t participate in this commercial holiday whether single or not. I wonder which category some of my readers fall into??? Nevertheless, we all somehow get sucked into some kind of opinion about valentines, good or bad.

Valentine’s Day from where I am from (Canada) is a couple’s holiday where you exchange something on the day of February 14th and that’s the end of it. In Japan, it is a completely different ritual. Here, girls and women of all ages flock to their local grocery and confectionary stores to buy packaging, chocolate, and decorations in preparation for their big day.

February 14th is the day that females will either make homemade chocolates or buy chocolates and give to their male counterparts. This is a chance for some of the more shy Japanese women to have an excuse to direct a subtle hint towards someone they may fancy. But on the other hand, it is also common for female co-workers to give their male co-workers chocolates without any meaning attached. Therefore, if you have an office crush, I suggest that you make a more special chocolate for that secret someone.

Now the real interesting and tricky part is March 14th, also known as “White Day”, men are supposed to return the favor and give chocolates back. Now, this is how you can really tell if the person you fancy is interested because if you receive something back, the saying goes they are also interested in you! These days though in 2015, I never read into it too much the return of chocolates because 1.) Japanese people are all about being polite so I always tend to think I am getting chocolate because I gave chocolate and 2.) They assume that possibly I don’t understand the concept of White Day so I can’t think too deeply like possibly other women.

Either way, I don’t mind! Who is going to turn down chocolate… not me, that’s for sure. I am already anticipating February 14th because some of my students told me they are giving me chocolates!!!!!

How will you be spending your valentines and what traditions do you follow back at home in your country? I will be spending my Valentines day attempting to make these:

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Ta-Ta for now

Jennifer

XOXO