As a matter of public policy, fat-shaming is the law in Japan…and I’m big outlaw*…
Japan doesn't sugar coat clothing sizes.
—Turning Japanese (@TurningJapanesa) Feb. 22, 2016
*I’m 210 lbs, 6 foot 1 inch (95 kg / 185 cm) I used to get nagged at work by my bosses about me being sumo size. →
(Professional sumo has a size minimum of 173 cm and 75 kg or 5ft 7in / 165 lbs.) .
Japan’s `Metabo law´ (METABOlic syndrome) states that people must stay below a government-mandated waistline of 35.4 inches (90cm) for men and 33.5 inches (85cm) for women, which is policed through an annual mandatory health check up.
Companies with more than a certain percentage of over-the-waist-limit employees are slapped with a fine. Overweight employees must attend “re-education camps” aka counselling sessions, and they are subjected to monitoring. Fatsos can be denied promotion and even be demoted as part of their performance review.
Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s debu/fatso folk include:
Many times* I have reported about Japan’s Cruel Shoes, but these are cruelly cute…
The previous reports of cruel-ish shoes here include:
The entire process from creepy contact lenses to creating a double eyelid (二重 作り方) to base makeup to contouring to eye makeup to “hangover” blush lipstick, and mermaid scales looks so much fun…especially the homemade “eyetape” part of the tutorial.
Other 3Yen reports of Japanese eye torture and makeup include:
David Bowie Dead —Billboard | 2016Jan11
He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his 69th birthday.
Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day is set up to congratulate those who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these young people but sometimes the kids get a kittle immature.
Irked by loud attire, Kitakyushu urges young adults to dress right on Coming-of-Age Day
The Japan Times | Jan. 8, 2016
…In recent years, Kitakyushu’s Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies have been marked by young men wearing vividly colored hakama, a trouser component of the kimono, making them look like hooligans to some…
…The new women meanwhile are starting to wear a looser-fitting style of kimono that exposes the shoulders in a way used by oiran, the high-class prostitutes of the Edo Period.
Previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day on the 3Yen include:
Guess the gender and species—Photos of an alien captured by Tokyo Fashion in Harajuku!
Previous reports of my fellow ALIENS include:
Hinky Xmas: Japanese “neck corset”…Bear Goro
‘SEX’ and ‘Humanity is error’
Here’s Microsoft’s Blue-Screen-of-Death reinterpreted as a bomber jacket for sale in Tokyo’s fashion-victim district of Harajuku.
Previous 3Yen reports erroneous humanity and sex in Japan include:
Here’s proof of the evils of racist cultural appropriation*…’Bearded Hipsters† in Silky Kimonos.’
‘Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos’ is a Pin-Up Calendar For Lovers of Hirsute Men
Broadly | Nov. 16, 2015
Kate Cooper-Owen came up with the idea when staying at a friend’s house. Her friend’s boyfriend sidled into the kitchen in the morning in a silken robe: “It had this beautiful cherry blossom pattern on it,” she remembers. “It wasn’t a kimono in the strictest sense, but it was such a amazing look. I pretty much said on the spot, ‘This should be a calendar.'” Just over a year later, the 2016 calendar is now in the pre-order phase, shot by fashion photographer Woland...more...
*Earlier this year, there were noisy protests of kimono wearing events as “cultural appropriation”:
Boston museum cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ after racism protests (AP news | July 7, 2015 )
†Full disclosure: I have a very full goatee.
Kimono-cultural appropriation problems have also been covered by the 3Yen including:
Way, waaaay back in the Dawn-of-Time, I posted this Internet classic of Japanese good taste, the Boobie Scarf.
Today, I noticed the similar Japanese “scarf,” the Shrimp Scarf/Neck Pillow.