A Note On Japanese Dressing Rooms

Konnichiwa! Currently at Tottori (the least populated prefecture of Japan) Starbucks, sipping on a very-missed soy chai latte, eating a “green vegetables and basil sauce” wrap and writing these very words to you. Since I had nothing planned today, I decided to make it my day and do all the things which I enjoy. I started off by driving to Tottori City but when I saw the incredible snow covered landscape, I thought, gosh, I have to switch to a train to be able to take photos without crashing into a wall. Though, I managed to take one sneaky car shot, too.

Having lived in a super inaka (that’s Japanese for rural) place for the last 10 months, going to a shopping mall and a Starbucks has ironically, become a breath of fresh air for me. Is that weird? Can you relate? Like you need to see some lights? Some colour? Nature is beautiful but I ain’t no bear! Anyways, enough poetry. I want to tell you about Japanese changing rooms. Basically, there’s two things you gotta know. One, the first thing you ought to do is to remove your shoes. Always. Which is another reason why slip-on shoes are so vital in Japan. And two, use a polystyrene mask (found inside every changing room) to cover your face before trying anything on. Which I think is a brilliant idea because I cannot tell you how many times I’ve found a blouse that I’ve wanted to buy but couldn’t because of an oompa loompa foundation mark. Okay, that’s all. Enjoy the photos, like my Facebook page, follow my Instagram and share every one of my posts (tehe).image[3]image[8]image[9]image


  1. Very interesting. The face mask idea IS brill. I have also found the make-up or lipstick on items that I would have bought had they not been so carelessly decorated by clods.

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  3. Even though I didn’t like shopping for clothes in Japan much as I didn’t like that I couldn’t just browse in peace… I get that it was their job to be helpful, but I prefer to go and ask for help if I need it not be harassed by chatty shopkeepers in every store I step into. But that’s just me :P

    I think it’s brilliant that you have to take off your shoes in the changing room and I miss this practice a lot in Estonia. Honestly it’s not very nice to step into a changing room where someone has stomped around in their muddy boots before you :/ I really liked that most of the time a shopkeeper also stayed near the changing rooms, handed you the clothes to try and went and found you a different size of the item if you needed one. It’s super helpful if you ask me, because it’s so time consuming if you get undressed, try on a thing only to find it too small/big, then have to get dressed again to go and find a different size and then get undressed again to try on the new size etc.

    Yeah, clean changing rooms and a person near the changing rooms to help you out, that I miss a lot.

    I never personally had to use the masks/bags to try on clothes as I don’t use make up, but I understood their usefulness… especially considering how much make up Japanese ladies tend to wear.

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  4. Going through your blog, while I should be working, and it’s making me miss Japan so very much! We plan on making the trip back early next year (so I will hopefully get to see the beautiful landscapes covered in snow – a big difference from the last time we were there in Summer!)

    The face covers are brilliant, and I laughed out loud at your description of foundation stains! I wish they would have these in Australia, I was tempted to bring one back with me for when I try on clothes here!

    Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Amy! I hope you get to come back and have a wonderful time! Make sure to see the snow covered inaka (rural) parts of Japan – just unreal! Actually, I may have a blogpost or two.

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