2014年03月19日

Where/How to find bras in Japan

Finding bras in Japan could be quite tricky.
If you go into any lingerie store in the city, you will see that most bras are sold in sizes like 65, 70 and 75. Wacoal and Triumph (both internationally competitive companies) sell smaller band sizes in Japan, which are like UK size 30 and 32.
Most bands are tightly made, and they don't really stretch until they are worn and washed thirty times!

If you want to shop bras that you are used to wearing, the easiest way is purchasing them online, and get them shipped to Japan.
If you buy 3 or more bras at one store, the total price (including shipment) should be cheaper than buying ONE (sensible) BRA in Japan.

A typical bra sold in Japan is usually heavily decorated, with moulded cups, padding or are with complimentary pads. The cheaper bras tend to be more uncomfortable.
3,000 yen bras are not really good to support breasts. They are entry bras for young people, and they don't offer a wide size range.

Tutuanna
Peach John
And Amo's Style
come into this category.
Avail and Shimamura also have cheap bras in stock.

Amo's Style have the biggest range, but as the cup sizes goes up, the band feels much tighter then it's supposed to (75F is supposed to support UK34D/34DD, but my Australian friend couldn't handle the 75 wires).

Another affortable option is to go to supermarkets or megastores, like Aeon, Seiyu, Itoyokado, etc. They regularly offer bargain prices (1000 yen per bra). However, the "no brand" bras (bras that are not made by Triumph, Wacoal and other famous manufacturers) tend to have inconsistent sizing system. If you want non-wired bras, then you should come here.

A UK34D person can comfortably wear 75C (e.g. beige full cup bras), or 80D, or squeeze oneself into 75E. If you go to supermarkets/megastores, then you have to try the bras on before purchasing them.

If you are looking for bras that don't have silly wires, and actually SUPPORT your breasts, you should expect paying more than 6,000 yen. Bras sold in department stores (Keio, Seibu, Marui, Daimaru, Takashimaya, Isetan, etc.) and Triumph/Wacoal speciality stores have less padding, more support and durability.

If you don't want support, and just want seductive bras to wear to 2 mins, you should go to Don Quijote (ドンキホーテ), the loud store that sings "don don don, donkey, donkey ho-te" and has a bright yellow signboard. They sell cheap bras that are super-uncomfortable to wear for more than an hour. But they are cheap (several hundred yen to 2000 yen)


Japan will be heaven for those you have underbust between UK26-30, together with breasts less than F cup. Just go to a lingerie store, and look for bras with bands 65-75. (Triumph and Wacoal bra bands are tightly made)

If you are larger, it will be a huge pain. If your underbust measurement is more than 33 inches, you need a Japanese 80+ bra, but you'll almost never see them. If you go to supermarkets in the rural areas, you might find them (girls in Tokyo are super skinny, so it's very difficult to find 80+ bra). The full cup, beige/mocha/grey bras (targeted at older Japanese women) tends to have more room for the breasts. Stay away from the colourful bras, because they would be tiny (targeted at Japanese teens).


If you can read and write in Japanese, Rui glamourous is probably the most affordable option. But their cup sizes are actually smaller than they say. Their J cup is more like a regular Japanese I cup. If you are UK G cup, you'll probably just fit their J cup, but if you are GG or H (UK), their bras would be too small.

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