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  • Cocochic - Japanese Plus Size Brand That Does Sizing Differently

    Japanese plus size brand Chocochic makes clothing tailored for real plus-size bodies. Their sizing system doesn't follow the traditional methods of clothes sizing. They base their design measurements on real bodies - where weight is stored, and what body measurements actually change from size to size. Unlike other brands where larger sizes assume wearers are also very tall, Cocochic designs keep their measurements balanced. Additionally, their designs are particularly aimed at average-height and petite shoppers who are also plus size. According to the Cocochic website, "Medium size is the standard, and as the size increases, the height becomes taller, the shoulders become broader, the sleeves become longer, and the collar becomes larger." What makes this brand's designs different is how they adjust the sizing: "Depending on the size, the thicker parts of the body are adjusted, but the expected height, shoulder width, sleeve length, and collar circumference remain unchanged." For example, generally when you're shopping plus size, the larger the size, the longer the garment. You could find the dress in a 3L that's a little too small around the waist- but when you size up to a 4L, the sleeve length is suddenly longer and the dress is dragging on the floor. If you want the dress you must choose between the two, and neither is what you want. Cocochic size up differently. Their selling point is that their clothes are tailored with real bodies in mind - Just because someone wears a larger size doesn't mean that they're tall or that their arms are suddenly longer. The result is well-fitted clothing that looks like it was tailored just for you - no need to roll up your sleeves or wear heels just to keep items off the floor! Because the brand uses different sizing standards, they have unique size labels for their clothes. To help understand what size range you may be in they created a chart comparing their sizes to the sizing system of Uniqlo, a popular fashion brand in Japan. They have three plus size labels: T10, T20, and T30. T10 is the rough equivalent of clothes sizes LL-3L. T20 is similar to 4L-5L. T30, is comparable to 6L-7L. For more information about their size system, visit their website: Because this brand does have a unique size system and labels, shoppers should take extra care to read each garment's sizing label. Since how items are sized may be different from what shoppers expect, some measurements may be quite different from what you're used to. About Cocochic Clothing & Where to Shop Cocochic is an online store that ships within Japan (they do not ship internationally). Their clothing designs lean more towards casual and everyday wear, with a few formal pieces. Organized by size or category, you'll find t-shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, outerwear and dresses. As for the clothing designs themselves, they're on par with what's currently trending and staple pieces. There is a lot of blacks, whites, beige and powder blues - it's easy to mix and match all of their items. One could easily create a fashionable capsule wardrobe filled only with Cocochic items.Because the items have had extra attention to sizing details, the prices are higher than similar pieces from fast-fashion brands like H&M Japan and Uniqlo that offer some plus size options. However, when compared to other Japanese plus-size indie brands, the prices are average. To help new customers understand how Cocochics clothing is sized, they give you a free t-shirt with your first purchase that you can use as a reference for future purchases.

  • What to Pack For Your Move To Japan (Plus Size Edition)

    If you're heading to Japan for the first time you definitely want to pack these essentials in your luggage. I would recommend these items for everyone, but certain plus-sized clothing items are much more difficult to find, so it's more convenient to purchase them in your home country and bring them with you. What your focus should be is determined by your size. Generally, the larger the size, the more difficult it is to find in Japan. There are many websites that you can order from, but it's nice to have the essentials on hand when you're new to the country. It's a lot to adjust to; navigating a new country, language, and fashion scene can be intimidating, so here are some tips to help you out. 1. Bras Pack bras. Pack all the bras. If you wear a cup size larger than a US "B", or a band size larger than a US 30, pack a lot of bras. Your bra size is likely going to be very hard to find at a reasonable price in Japan (especially if you also have a plus-size band size). Unfortunately, for larger sizes (yes, a US B is a large cup size in Japan), your only option may be to order items online. Additionally, if you are able to find your bra size in Japan you may not be satisfied with the support; many Japanese bras are thinly lined, offer little support, and tend to be a little more delicate and dainty, rather than functional. Packing multiples of your favorite will just make your life a bit easier while you're settling in. Where to Shop: Large Size Bras In Japan Find Your Size: International Bra Size Conversion Charts 2. A good suit and clothes for work No matter the reason why you're moving to Japan if you plan on attending (or get a surprise invite to) anything like work events, interviews, seminars or meetings, you're going to need a good suit and appropriate workwear. Japan does offer plus-sized suits for women, but it can be tricky to find a good fit. Invest in a dark color (black or navy) formal suit with basic, button-up blouses (no patterns) in white or light blue. If you are going to be working in an office environment or as an English teacher, consider packing way more. If you are moving to Japan to work or to go to university, prioritize business wear and some business casual pieces over casual wear. You will 1) need business wear more often than casual wear and 2) will be able to find casual items much easier than formal clothing. Depending on your workplace, there will be some slight variations on what's appropriate/allowed. As a general rule, only pack tops with a higher neckline (no V necks), skirts that fall below the knee, and A LOT of stockings/pantyhose (if you plan on wearing skirts or dresses). 3. Trousers and Jeans Plus-size pants, trousers, and jeans don't usually account for foreign hip, backside, or thigh measurements. You may be able to find your waist measurement, but finding the right fit for your body type may be a challenge. If you're plus size and tall, absolutely pack a variety of pants. 4. Shoes Pack a good variety of shoes, especially if you're over a US size 7 or have wide feet. I wear an 8.5 US shoe, and while I don't always need wide width (WW) in Canada, my foot is wider than what's available in many shops in Japan. An 8.5 is on the higher end of what some shops carry (many stop at 7 or 8); I'm able to find good sneakers, but formal shoes are hard to come by. 5. Stockings & pantyhose As mentioned above under workwear, pantyhose is one thing you will see almost all Japanese women in skirts, dresses (or even shorts) wearing. There are some pricey options available by large brand names up to a US 2XL, but Japanese pantyhose/stockings are short. Pack different colors (black, beige and skin tone[the crowd favorite]) that fit your body type. 6. Swimsuits Okay, so this isn't essential for everyone. But if you're over a 2XL or busty, have a style preference for your swimwear, or just like swimming, pack some swimsuits. Swimwear combines everything not great about the plus-size scene in Japan; lack of support for large breasts, ill-fitting suits, cuts, and patterns that leave A LOT to be desired- if you're able to find them at all. Plus-size brands don't always carry swimwear, so if you're planning on hitting the beach often, bring a good suit. Other Items to Consider Packing: Deodorant: Summers are hot and if you're prone to sweating, Japanese deodorant may not be enough. Most Japanese brands are antiperspirants; the formula is more similar to light armpit perfume. Hats: If you have a hat size larger than 58, it may be difficult to find a hat that fits. Some international brands like H&M carry up to a size 60 hat, but the fit is snug as the majority of shoppers wear small hat sizes. Belts Winter Jacket Bike Shorts or anti-chaffing shorts to wear under skirts and dresses to prevent chub rub Sweat-wicking layers to wear under your clothes in hotter weather

  • Plus Size Girls Bars in Japan

    If you’re into Japanese nightlife, or just curious about what the country has to offer, chances are you’ve come across the term Girls Bar, Hostess Bars and Host Clubs. There are thousands of these types of bars in Japan, from big cities to small towns. Jump to the bottom of this page to see the list of plus size Girls Bars you can visit in Japan What is a ‘Girls Bar’? A Girls Bar is a type of establishment where customers pay to socialize with female staff members one-on-one. Employees drink and chat with their customers, play games and form a friendly relationship. The girls will often communicate with customers outside of work hours via blogs and LINE - they work to maintain these “friendships” full-time in order to entice their customers to continue visiting the bar. Many Girls Bars have a ranking system; the more popular a girl is (how often she is requested and nominated) the higher her rates are. Top-ranked girls can receive a better salary, schedule and other perks as they are the ones bringing in the most business. These bars are distinct from typical bars in that people frequent them for the feeling of companionship, rather than just the drinks. The drinks are often far more expensive than your typical bar - customers can easily spend thousands in one night. This is because, ultimately, you’re not paying for just the drinks - you’re paying for the time spent with your hostess of choice. In addition to the higher drinks fee, there are other fees that come along with going to a Girls Bar such as a companionship ship (for a woman to sit with you), time fee (depending on how long and what time of night), and service charges (15%-20%). Many customers frequent the same bar repeatedly, building a bond with one or more employees. Maid Cafes, in a sense, are closely related to what a Girls Bar offers -  women to observe and interact with, for a fee. Locals don’t typically go to a Maid Cafe for the (overpriced) kawaii parfaits, they go for the Maids. In most regular establishments, touching the girls is prohibited. Customers need to be respectful of the girls, though what is tolerated varies. The employees need to maintain a balance of friendly and attentive, appearing interested in a customer. The goal is to make someone feel wanted, whether that’s making them feel like they could have a chance to date a girl (or hookup with her), or just providing friendship. It’s not always about the faux relationship though. It’s pretty common for a group of friends to visit Girls Bars together just for the novelty, or for the female attention while they laugh and drink together. Visiting Girls Bars is a common activity and isn’t seen as taboo. People go alone, with friends, even with colleagues or their boss. It’s a mainstay in the Japanese nightlife and can be a lot of fun if you can afford it. Specialty Girls Bars A lot of Girls Bars have a concept or theme. There are bars for every niche and attraction - from muscle bars, shy girls with glasses, cosplay bars, tall girls, older women, women with tattoos and piercings - whatever your preference, you can probably find a Girls Bar for it. So naturally, Plus Size Girls Bars, or “Pocha” Girls Bars exist (pocha is the term shortened from Pochari, which means chubby or overweight). A Pocha Girls Bar functions similarly to any other Girls Bar; you pay to spend time with a woman (or women) and buy her drinks. However,  in most Pocha Girls Bars, there is a weight minimum for employees. Some bars hire a wider range of plus size women (70 kg and up), while others have a 100 kg minimum. The average weight of Japanese women, as of 2019, is about 59kg. Pocha Bar employees, in general, weigh 20-40kg more than the average population. Some of the most popular Japanese Pocha Bar hostesses weigh more than 150kg, almost 100 kg more than the average Japanese woman. The hostesses usually wear very revealing clothing - lower-cut tops, shorter dresses, and tighter silhouettes than what’s typically seen in plus size fashion. Who visits Pocha Girls Bars? Whether you categorize it as a fetish or just an attraction, the primary audience for these bars are men who like larger women. Some clients are attracted to larger women in general, while others are primarily attracted to women with very large bra sizes, no matter the woman's other physical attributes. A lot of people who visit Girls Bars are people that want to spend time with women they may otherwise not get the chance to talk to. Meeting new people and maintaining friendships/relationships takes time and effort, and some people don’t have the mental energy, social skills or physical time. Going to a Girls Bar, where the women are the ones who prompt conversations and give you undivided attention with little/no effort on your end is appealing to people. Instead of time/effort, you pay money, and for some that fulfills their need for socializing and alleviating loneliness. Being plus size is a minority in Japan, as is having a large bra size. For people who are physically attracted to plus size women, this gives them an opportunity they may not have otherwise had to interact. And, like other themed Girls Bars, some people go for the novelty. These people aren’t necessarily attracted to plus size women or any of their attributes, rather, they’re just curious to see what it’s about and want to have fun. Are Girls Bars Problematic? One could argue that Girls Bars, in general, are problematic and promote shallow social relationships for a fee, as well as for objectifying women.  There are issues of safety, harassment, and boundaries. With such high prices, patrons expect the highest levels of service and undivided attention. Some may even feel entitled to an employee’s time and attention outside of work hours if they visit the bar often enough. You could also argue that these bars provide an important social service, alleviating loneliness and reducing mental stress. The particular issue with Plus Size Girls Bars comes from the weight expectation, and in some establishments, the expectation to eat large quantities of unhealthy food. Along with ordering drinks for employees, many Pocha Girls Bars encourage patrons to order food for the women - and it is the expectation that she will eat a huge portion or multiple dishes. Throughout a week employees can consume thousands of extra calories. Employees are encouraged not to lose weight and can be fired from their jobs if they don’t meet the weight minimum. Some employees do maintain their weight, but it’s more common (and sometimes expected) for employees to gain weight while they are employed. Outside of the bar, employees build relationships and gain new followers by frequently posting on social media. If an employee is popular enough or has good relationships with people online, they can receive many gifts. On their social media profiles, you will often find links to Amazon wishlists or similar, where a fan can send their favorite girl gifts of her choosing. If they have a good relationship with an employee and visit her workplace frequently, they may also send her gifts not on her wishlist in hopes of gaining her favor. On these wishlists, you’ll generally see regular things like clothing, makeup and accessories. However, for this niche, you will also see a lot of food and snacks. It’s common for patrons of Plus Size Girls Bars to send food as gifts, with the expectation that she will consume it either at the bar, or post photos/videos of herself eating on her social media. Many girls who have a strong social media presence have fans from across the country. Some followers may have never actually been to her workplace or met her in person. With frequent gifts of food, as well as the expectation to eat in the bar, on top of drinking copious amounts of alcohol regularly, Plus Size Girls Bars employees face a unique issue; weight gain and health issues related to weight. But it’s not just an accepted side-effect of the job; it’s a selling point. Much like fetish content hosted on adult sites related to weight gain, the larger an employee gets, the more popular she can become. The more popular she is, the more she is nominated and moves up the ranks - and the more money she earns. The incentive is there for employees to either passively or purposely gain weight. Should You Visit a Girls Bar? Girls Bars in general are notorious for turning away foreigners or people who do not speak Japanese because there are rules and customs in these bars that they are unable to communicate. It’s also difficult for the employees, as their job is to entertain you with conversation. That’s a little hard to do with a language barrier. Some employees are willing to communicate via translation apps, and some may speak languages other than Japanese, but it’s not common. If you do decide to go for the experience, expect a high bill. Try to become familiar with how Girls Bars work; no touching,  paying for her drinks, paying for the amount of time, table charges, and any other fees a bar may have. It’s not a scam, they aren’t targeting foreigners or taking advantage of you - these are the regular fees for all patron’s. If you do not understand a bar's charge system (often explained verbally, as well as written somewhere for you to read in Japanese) you cannot dispute the bill after racking it up. The responsibility is on you to know how it works and to be able to pay for it if you stay. If you’re not up for shelling out hundreds of dollars for the experience, you can find many employees on X (formerly Twitter) and join their fandoms for free. Plus Size Girls Bars You Can Visit In Japan Like we mentioned above, Japanese is the primary language used in Girls Bars, and if you are not a Japanese speaker you may be turned away. If you are able to enter, be aware that staff may only speak Japanese, and all signage, menus and charge system explanations will be in Japanese. On each bars website you can find charge system information, just use a translation application so you can understand it. Tokyo サクランボ少年 (CherryBoy) Address: 東京都葛飾区新小岩1-43-1 第2東ビル4Fの右側 Website: Charge System: ぽっちゃりASK (ChubbyASK) Address: 東京都墨田区東向島2‐47‐11 ビッグウエスト向島ビル501 Website: Charge System: Osaka ぽっちゃりバー Pochari Bar Cocoron Address: 住所 大阪府大阪市中央区千日前1-6-7日宝阪町ファイブ2F Twiter: @cocoron_pocha Website: Charge System: Sapporo 美豚 Address: 北海道札幌市中央区南5条西2丁目 サイバーシティービル10F Website: Charge System: Not available online

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  • Large Size Bras | RosePlusJapan

    Large Size Bras Local and international brands (that ship to Japan). Sizes listed are Japanese Bra Sizes; for international conversions see the Bra Size Chart . Glamour Prin cess Largest Cup: J Largest Band Size: 145 Website > aimer fe el Largest Cup: H Largest Band Size: 85 We bsite > A Happy Maril yn Largest Cup: J Largest Band Size: 110 We bsite > Alinoma Largest Cup: H Largest Band Size: 110 We bsi te > AngeLsize Largest Cup: I Largest Band Size: 95 We bsi t e > Cecile Plump Largest Cup: K Largest Band Size: 100 We bsi t e > Clette Largest Cup: G Largest Band Size: 95 We bsi t e > Gold J apan Largest Cup: H Largest Band Size: 100 We bsi t e > H&M Japan Largest Cup: D Largest Band Size: 95 We bsi t e > Molke Largest Cup: N (UK) Largest Band Size: 46 (UK) Website > Nissen Smileland Largest Cup: M Largest Band Size: 110 Websi t e > Re-J & Supure Largest Cup: H Largest Band Size: 105 Websi t e > Shein Japan Largest Cup: E Largest Band Size: 110 Website > tutu anna Largest Cup: H Largest Band Size: 80 Website > UNI QLO Largest Cup: EF Largest Band Size: 85/90 Website > Victoria's Secret Largest Cup: DD (U.S) Largest Band Size: 44 (U.S) Website > Wacoal Largest Cup: F Largest Band Size: 95 Website >

  • Japanese Plus Size Brands That Ship Abroad | RosePlusJapan

    SHOP FROM OUTSIDE JAPAN Shop from outside Japan Brands that ship plus size Japanese fashion internationally. These plus size Japanese fashion brands ship outside Japan. Check each website's shipping fees and return policies carefully before making an order. Be aware that you may be required to pay a separate customs fee for importing goods from Japan (depending on your country) that cannot be refunded by the website. ​ When shopping from Japanese websites do NOT choose COD (Cash on Delivery) or Combini Pay as your payment option. These payment methods are not accepted outside of Japan. Your order will likely be cancelled if you choose these options. The majority of websites only accept credit cards for international orders. Dear My Love Largest Size: 6L Sweet, Girly, Dresses, Subculture Fashion We bsite > BodyLine Tokyo Largest Size: 5L Cosplay, Lolita, Japanese Subculture Fashion We bsite > ACDC RAG Largest Size: 3L Alternative, Japanese Subculture Fashion We bsit e >

  • Plus Size Clothing in Japan | RosePlusJapan

    SHOP IN JAPAN Where to find Japanese Plus Size Clothing Brands that offer plus size clothes within Japan, either in-store or online. ACDC RAG Largest Size: 3L About We b site > A Happy Marilyn Largest Size: 10L+ Online Only We b s i te > Alino ma Largest Size: 10L+ Online Only We b sit e > AngeLsize Largest Size: 9L Cosplay, Alternative We b si te > AOKI Largest Size: 7L Suits, formalwear We b si te > Avail Largest Size: 5L General Fashion We b s i te > Big M One Largest Size: 8L Men's Fashion, General We b s i te > Belluna Largest Size: 10L General Fashion We b s i te > BodyLin e Largest Size: 5L Plus Sizes Online Only We b s i te > Cecile Plu mp Largest Size: 8L Plus Sizes Online Only Website > Clette Largest Size: 4L General Fashion Website > Clover Sh op Largest Size: 8L Plus Sizes Online Only Website > Cocochic Largest Size: 6L About Website > Dear My Lo ve Largest Size: 6L About Website > Eur3 Largest Size: 5L About Website > Foel Largest Size: 7L General fashion, Men's Website > Gold Ja pan Largest Size: 7L Online Only Website > GU Largest Size: 3L General Fashion Website > H&M Japan Largest Size: 4L Plus Sizes Online Only Website > Louio sy Largest Size: 4L About Website > Nissen Smile La nd Largest Size: 10L+ Online Only Website > Punyus Largest Size: 4L Streetwear, Casual Website > Re-J & Supure Largest Size: 5L About Website > RyuRyu Mall Largest Size: 6L General Fashion, online only Website > Sab Street Largest Size: 6L General Fashion Website > Sazakan Largest Size: 6L Plus Sizes Online Only Websi te > Shimamura Largest Size: 10L Sizes 7L-10L Online Only We bsite > UNIQL O Largest Size: 4L Plus Sizes Online Only Website > uplume Largest Size: 4L Formal, special occasions Website >

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