I have recently been chatting with some fellow gaijin girls who are far more knowledgable about all things Nippon than Yours Truly. One of the things I have learnt from these wise ones is that it is common for women in Japan to remove the hair from their forearms. Ah! Right then. Looks like long sleeves are the way for me to go this summer.
I also discovered that the top beauty tip is to shave your face! Tiny razors are available for women specifically for this purpose, and can also be used to tidy up those annoying, stray eyebrow hairs! I was told that these little razors are so sharp they could hack through concrete. Apparently, the belief is that the soft, downy and essentially invisible hair on a woman’s face (and forearms) is considered highly unattractive, and that makeup can be applied more easily without it - making for a beautifully clear complexion. Some gaijin women have also been known to embrace this practice.
I originally thought this idea outrageous, but as time goes by, I feel that I should shave my face at least once (never thought I’d be writing that down), in my attempt to assimilate to life in Japan. It is said that when in doubt, do what the locals do. The problem is that I have a very (understandable) fear that I will do something wrong, in fact, it really is a given, and I shall slice my face up like a lovely portion of sashimi.
Sorry for the pash-rash, boys. It’s payback time for GG.
Posting will be intermittent over the next week or so as I'm really busy at work. However, fear not, as the posts will continue in the banal and mediocre vein to which you are accustomed.