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Published on 01.27.2017
To quote three foreign Japanese lifestyle vloggers, these are the most common myths about Japan:
1. You can wear whatever you want in Japan!
“I've seen lots of comments saying "It's so cool how you can wear whatever you want in Japan!" "People wear so many crazy fashions." So I think people have this image that maybe everywhere you go in Tokyo you'll see people dressed up like Lolita, or visual Kei style or Gyaru style.
Yeah, most people just wear regular shirts and skirts and shorts. It's not really super exciting. But of course they do have lots of fashion styles, stuff that you wouldn't see at all in other countries. So it is interesting. You can see those kind of people. But it's not the norm. I think it's kind of like gothic fashions in America.”
2. You'll lose so much weight in Japan!
“Before I came everyone was like, "Ah yeah, you'll lose so much weight there!" And I came, and then I discovered convenience store food. It's so dangerous. It all went downhill big time. Yeah, I find the food to be not remotely healthy. It's got so much stuff in it. Salt and fat. There are really healthy choices, like if you're a housewife and you have time to cook.”
3. Japan is a weird country!
“I would say what I think one of the greatest myths about Japan is that it's a weird country. First of all, "weird" is just so subjective, so it really depends on what you're used to, but a lot of people think about like Japanese commercials are weird, or these shirts with strange English are weird, or they have all these weird anime or TV shows or like those prank shows and stuff. But most of the stuff that's weird here is going to be weird to Japanese people, too.”
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