kjeld,,, I just noticed that the date of your big opening is not yet entered into our calendar, just thought I would mention it, I often check the calendar for Birthdays ect, I think it would be a good idea! I also have an awful memory, so it would keep me reminded about the date,lol
I am a bit like your girlfriend, Peter... That's why I usually don't ask anyone to tag along! They would experience true agony!
Finding the larger than average size is indeed difficult in Japan as well. But with the Japanese growing bigger, it is getting easier. Especially casual gear is now available in monster sizes, like ours.
A book I wrote about Japan is now for sale in Dutch bookstores: Vrouw breekt los, published by Uitgeverij BZZTﾃ禰 (EUR 15.00).
hehe, who's doing all the leg work for the pictures?
You might wanna break it down like the magazines do by city :::
Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo
Yeah, WHY Dutch!
I'm 183 well, a few millimeter short but hey give a guy a break!
Most stores have trousers and Shirts in XL (errr, 2L) to XXL (3L) sizes available. Trouble spots are shoes and socks. I'm 28.5cm and gotta buy Regal shoes.
Watch out for Clothing made in Japan. The sizes say XL but your arms will stick out like a gorilla. I tried up to 5L size and the only the neck and chest got bigger not the sleaves. Slacks are similar, thighs are pretty tight. So, check for if the clothes are imported or not.
wow! I did'nt realise that you men had such a problem with shopping for clothing its still an ongoing problem for women,most women just dont take a regular size, ie; 10/12/14 ect, our bodies can take two sizes at the one time, example, a few years ago(before I had 2 children) I was a petite 10 at the top, and a 12 at the lower half,(apparently, child bearing hips ect, hehe) This caused me great distress as I was preparing for my brothers wedding,and as most suits come already prepared in one size, I was left in a very sticky situation , how-ever I did find a shop assistant very willing to help(in my 4th store) she had to phone "head office" for authority to split two suits to make a sale, they agreed and I was happy:clap: ( oopppps tangent) my point being " I only ever thought that female parties had this problem of "different sizeing ,and getting an assistant to go out of her/his way to help, by ordering, sizes ect that are required was an unfortinate way of life only for females, but this proves different
The legwork for the photographs is all done by myself. Thanks for the advice. Eventually there should be a new gallery which will be organised like that. I need more hours a day...
The book was written in Dutch, because the request for the book came from the (Dutch) publisher. That is also where my origins lay. I will do my best for English publications!
My problem with clothing in Japan is long arms and long legs. The double and triple sizes are way too big for me, but the arms stick out like they are trying to get away from the body...
But then again, it is much much better than when I first came here twenty years ago. Finding colors that look good on a pink/white skin used to be extremely difficult. That has changed. Especially UNIQLO and GAP make a big difference. Reasonably priced good clothes in lots of sizes and colors.
Ha, i just received your book, Kjeld.
I had to order it at bol.com | de winkel van ons allemaal though, because i couldn't find it in any "real life" bookstore.
Looking forward to reading it.
I hope i can visit Japan soon to have it autographed.