|My pasty white legs. I need more sun.|
I became self-conscious about it when I saw people staring at my arms on the train, and blatant students calling me kuma-chan (little bear), and referring to it as my 'fur'. Every year I'm tempted to shave my arms just so I stop people from commenting, but I can't bring myself to do it, as it would grow back thicker, require constant care, and well, I have enough on my hands with every other part of my body.
It's strange to me that Japanese girls shave their arms, while they don't really pay the same attention to other grooming areas. For Western girls, it's the opposite: we don't shave our arms, but we pay meticulous attention to pretty much every other part, and obsess over getting rid of every single body hair through shaving and waxing. Even my favourite beauty spa Nua was telling me that it's not very popular yet with the Japanese clientele. The technician also convinced me to keep my arm hair, and after much debate and questioning my close Japanese friends, they all told me I should, and that it was kawaii. Sigh.
This made me think about other cultural differences. For example, in the Western world we tend to spray perfume directly on our skin, while Japanese spray it around them, resulting in a more subtle and delicate scent. This is a tip I really like, and now have adopted.
Can you think of other beauty-related cultural differences? Do you shave your arms?