Osaka’s Fashionistas

The people of Osaka seem a bit more laid back than the people of Tokyo. From what I’ve read, Osaka is known to have a rivalry with Tokyo as most second cities do. They however have been credited with having more soul. The people certainly are more helpful and a little more friendly. We got a lot of bows and ‘Arigatou gozaimasu’ which is a formal way of saying thank you. I always felt that I was not bowing properly. The Japanese have such a lovely and elegant way of bowing from the waist. I felt that my bowing was shallow and more like nodding from the neck. After visiting Japan and then returning home, I felt that Singaporeans are not as reserved as I thought they were and seem generally more open. Maybe it is also due to the language barrier as not many Japanese speak English although I encountered more English speaking Japanese in Osaka then in Tokyo which I visited about 9 years ago.

Like Tokyo, Osaka has it’s share of fashionistas.  Japanese women are generally skinny and pretty.  I am glad I don’t live there and have to agonize over what to wear and how nothing fits.

A lady in an elegant kimono. I didn’t see any young people in kimonos in the city, and I only spotted two ladies in their 50’s dressed in traditional attire.

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High heels boots are big among the young ladies. All I could think was ouch as I saw them tottering briskly in them. Also as I expected, most Japanese women are positively skinny. I wonder how they resist all that great food. It’s highly demoralizing as a size XL in Japan for instance is probably equivalent to a size M in the US.

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Black tights under shorts or mini skirts were common as well.

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80’s style bunched up leggings were also in fashion.

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Hair is often coloured brown, blonde or red.

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photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

photo by bookjunkie

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Blogging about my daily life in Singapore helps with my mid life crisis.
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5 Responses to Osaka’s Fashionistas

  1. Pingback: 8 Things I Loved About Osaka « Tiny Island

  2. kierstens says:

    Wowww everyone is so skinny!

    • bookjunkie says:

      I could get a major complex living here. When you watch their tv shows you realize that overweight people are discriminated against. They often play the clown on TV.

  3. What an interesting post! I also admire Japanese fashion. And I also wonder how they can resist all the delicious foods 😉 I myself, find that impossible because eating is just one of the greatest pleasures in life! 😀

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