Not too much to report on today. Leiya and I spent the day shopping but didn't buy anything in particular.
I don't especially like shopping. It seems that if we're out looking we ought to buy something just to justify the many hours we spend in the shops. In truth, there are a few things that I think I'd like to wear or have. But I always talk myself out of it and tell myself it costs too much. I'm not even sure what is too much. I think about prices in the States and say "I don't have to pay this much. I can find something on sale in the States." but I vaguely realize that when I'm talking about prices in the States my mind still goes back to how prices were 20 years ago. On the other hand I rarely buy anything when I'm California unless it's 50%, 70% off so my head gets confused with prices again. Japanese stores don't have sales like the California department stores, that's for sure!
Actually, the only place I feel comfortable buying anything is at the second hand shops. Both in Japan and in the States. It must be a guilt complex or something that tells me I can only buy something if I know I absolutely can't find it at a lower price.
I've already mentioned the depressing sizes I have to resort to in the Japanese stores. It's better not to look..
Another slightly interesting phenomenon I've noticed is that depending if I'm in the States or Japan, the type of clothes I wear (and buy) is different. The things I buy in California look odd when I'm in Japan. Too loud or too casual or something. Last year I wore a low cut shirt and shorts that I bought in California and a Japanese friend frankly told me I looked like a hussy. She was probably right for Japan (I chucked the shirt and wear the shorts when I walk Choco). The clothes in the Japanese stores (for women my age especially) are quite chique, high quality ensembles etc. and expensive! I would never dream of wearing something like that in Southern Cal! Maybe to a funeral... This results in me wearing jeans almost 100% of the time with a T-shirt or sweater depending on the season. Maybe this is S. California fashion vs. Japanese and if I was from New York or France or somewhere I wouldn't see such a difference in fashion and prices etc. but what it means is that I've got a very limited wardrobe.
Thank you. My closet may not be interesting for blog visitors but thanks to you I got it cleaned up!