2014年03月12日

About me & this blog

Hi. My name in this blog is Hiromi Katahaba, and I have an inverted triangle body shape (or more closer, a "goblet body".) Thus the Japanese name "Katahaba Hiromi." (The Japanese "Katahaba hiroi" means "the shoulder frame is wide.") Haha.

I was brought up in a laid back country, and people around me had bigger body frames than me. I didn't really care about my body image, and people thought me as the sweet, petite girl.

Coming back to Japan made me super-self-conscious about my body. People here are so short, thin and small-framed. I was the BIG GIRL. I wasn't used to that. And regular bra stores in Japan cater women who have breasts up to UK F/FF cups. That was a real shock to me. But hey! I survived.

Thanks to many bloggers out there. Positive body image blogs, busty women's blogs and everything else have help me accept who I am, and now I actually like how I look.

Most of my articles in this blog will be written in Japanese. That's because in Japan, there are limited resources about proper bra-fitting and size acceptance. Some articles will be written in English (especially stuffs that I think aren't included in other English blogs.)

I am still recovering from an illness, but I will try to give as much info as possible.

Thank you for reaching this blog.
I hope it would be somewhat entertaining/useful to you.

xxx Hiromi

All English Articles


BRAS and BRA FITTING
Where/How to find bras in Japan
Ill fitting bras and "boob migration"
Finding large size bras in Japan
Size comparison of Japanese bras and UK bras
Large breasted women underestimate their breast sizes?
Most of the breast cleavage we see are made from ill-fitting bras
Why you can't get the size right with Japanese bras

BODY SHAPE and STYLING
How to make your shoulders & upper arms look slimmer in 3 mins
Why Japanese women tend to have rolled shoulders
How to dress top-heavy bodies
Petite, goblet body shape, short torso woman wears a wrap dress
How does a petite goblet body type woman look like wearing a dress?


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If you are visiting/living in Tokyo or a surrounding area, you can contact me personally via katahabahiromi[at]excite.co.jp. (Change [at] to @)
I might be able give you detailed personal advice, or assist you when you go shopping (no charge during year 2014).
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24/May/2014
I have blocked all comments sent from IP addresses outside of Japan.
(Too many spam comments!)
If you like to give me any remarks, please sent a quick message to
katahabahiromi[at]excite.co.jp
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2014年03月18日

Ill-fitting bras, "boob migration" and back fat

I'm not sure about other countries, but in Japan, many lingerie store staffs tell customers "Ill-fitting bras lead to boob tissue migration to the armpit and back."

But would it really? I don't think so.

I have a picture of my back, which was taken a while ago.
And I have another picture, which was taken app 12 hours after.

The first picture was taken after wearing an ill-fitting bra (I was unaware of that at the time, though). At the time, I was wearing a bra with cups too small for my breasts.

My mom told me "Oh, Hiromi! You have an ugly back!"
I didn't believe her until she showed me the picture she took.

So this is how it looked.
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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.Read more
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