How to Find the Perfect-Fitting Bra in Japan


Let me take a brief break from dating to talk about a very important topic: bras. It might seem trivial but many foreign women in Japan have difficulties sorting out this subject. Regardless of your size, you are bound to run into some issues with the sizing, where you can find your size and how these necessities are priced.

When I first came to Japan, I was very naive to think that all shops would carry the North American standard A-to-D range of cup and band sizes variations. Long story short — I was very wrong.

After the underwire in one of the bras I’d brought with me from Canada went suddenly AWOL, I thought that finding a replacement in Japan would be “easy enough.” Like I said, I was naive.

I walked into my local department store only to notice immediately that, while indeed I could find A to D sizes, the alleged D cup bra fit less than half of my actual chest. The shop staff heard my incredulous sobbing from the change room and politely informed me in her limited English: “No, no. Japan small. You. No.”

while indeed the sizes came in A to D, the alleged D cup bra fit less than half of my actual chest.

Getting The Right Size

Japanese bra sizes — on average — are smaller than those available overseas. According to Triumph International Japan’s Lingerie White Paper, the majority of Japanese women fall within the B to D cup range. You will have to keep in mind that a Japanese C is essentially a North American B.

Based on my experience in Japan, you simply have to add two cup sizes to whatever your North American size is and convert the band size from inches to the nearest centimeter. Another option to find your size would be …continue reading