Whether you agree with this or not, each country has its own standards of beauty. Yes, they can be chauvinist or sexist, but they exist. Both women and men live in “outlined” societies that dictate their rules of appearance standards and behavior. In this post, I’ll share with you what I know about Japanese women beauty standards from my experience of traveling and communicating with locals in Japan. If you want to find out more about Japanese dating culture, read the other post.
What are the Japanese beauty standards?
Below, I’m going to talk about demands and preferences in the Japanese beauty sphere. And if you have always dreamt of dating a Japanese belle, here’s likely what she’ll (or will try to) look like. Find it out before you ask how to get a Japanese wife.
1. Timid Personality
Japanese are considered to be a nation of introverts, so no wonder that being polite and quiet is so worshiped in this country. Here, you won’t meet women who are loud and passionate: it’s not acceptable nor encouraged to behave like this. Other features that Japanese people admire in women’s personalities include:
- Kindness. This feature is what every Japanese girl is taught to develop from a young age. Acting with tolerance to others regardless of their age and social status is a must for Japanese ladies and you can’t say that a certain woman meets the beauty standards of Japanese women if she’s rude to others.
- Obedience. Another trait that I’ve noticed while being in Japan is that local Asian brides for marriage are obedient. They’re driven by their husbands’ decisions and wouldn’t do anything without their approval. That’s why I always say that Japanese girls are some of the most feminine Asian girls at their core: the Japanese beauty standards for young women demand them to allow men to lead them. And I bet all men I know feel more manly when a girl obeys them.
- Understanding. According to beauty standards for Japanese women, an attractive lady is one who tries her best to put herself in the shoes of another person and understand them. So when you’ll start dating girls from Japan, don’t be surprised by their extreme strive to stand by your side when you’re talking about yourself and don’t perceive it as subservience.
- Justice. Another feature that contributes to the Japanese female beauty standards is the fair attitude towards others. Japanese girls don’t take revenge if you hurt them yet they’ll find a way to show you that you did them wrong.
- Compliance with society’s rules and demands. Standing out from the crowd isn’t encouraged in Japan in terms of breaking etiquette and good manners. Doing what you love is okay, yet you shouldn’t expect to be praised for undermining the general moral values of society. Being a freak in Japan doesn’t fall into Japanese beauty standards for women (and for men too).
2. The Whiter The Better
Light skin is a fetish in Asian countries. There is no concrete explanation of why it is so, but there are several hypotheses I’ve heard:
- A symbol of purity and the high class. In the old time, white skin belonged only to the wealthy since they didn’t bother working hard in the field under the scorching sun, getting their skin tanned.
- A result of the “invasion” of Europeans to Asia. Even now when Asians meet Europeans or Americans in the streets of their countries, they often admire their beauty and pay an enormous amount of attention to them. When I came to Japan, many people approached me to take photos and comment on my appearance shamelessly.
As you can see, white skin is something unusual for Asians and Japanese people, in particular, that’s why they consider it so attractive and added that to Japanese girl beauty standards. Thus, local ladies spend a lot of time choosing and testing cosmetic cover creams to make their skin look whiter and shinier.
3. Small Face
If you ask any Japanese what makes a Japanese woman beautiful besides white skin, there is a high possibility you’ll get an answer like this: “Small face.” I don’t know why it’s considered to be so attractive to them, yet that’s true: Japanese beauty standards require a girl to have a small, angel-like face.
Sure, don’t you think Japanese girls with baby faces look “kawaii”? They do. Just imagine that:
- Pale skin;
- Small face;
- Innocent smile
- Narrow yet expressive hazel eyes.
Aren’t you in love yet?
4. High-Bridged Nose
This is another one of Japanese beauty standards for a female look. The pointed nose, bridged high is the top feature of a real local belle. Guess, why? Because it also makes a person look cute, adorable, and lovely.
It is even prevalent among Asians to resort to plastic surgery to get such a nose. The prices for such operations are the following:
- $1828 for a basic rhinoplasty;
- $3656 for a complicated operation to improve the form of a nose.
But if your Japanese girlfriend doesn’t have one, never emphasize that so as not to make her feel insecure. I bet this high-bridged nose isn’t a big deal for you or is it?
Asia (sorry, if that might sound racist to you), Japanese and other people in Asia also try plastic surgery to get a double-eyelid.
Another reason for the admiration of this feature is that a double-eyelid visually makes the person look more lively, whereas a single-eyelid does the opposite – the person may seem sad or indifferent. As a man, I wouldn’t ever pay attention to such nuances, yet Japanese women standards of beauty are that tricky. If you’re not into the peculiarities of women’s makeup, you won’t even notice the difference but don’t tell that to your Japanese sweetheart if you don’t want to upset her.
6. Curly Eyelashes
Yes, you may be surprised now, but some women in Japan may wear artificial eyelashes. All in the name of Japanese women beauty standards. Sometimes, women use a unique device to curl their eyelids. Don’t even ask why this—I don’t get it and I wish they’d wear their own eyelashes, just a bit painted (but that’s my perception, never mind).
One of my Japanese girls even tried to explain to me the difference between the types of eyelash extensions:
- D-curl, and others.
Needless to say I got nothing and asked her to do them as she wanted without convincing me of their necessity.
7. Thin Body
Finally, “Petiteness” is on top of the Japanese beauty standards for body. However, men and women may have different views on the beauty of women’s body shape in Japan which is great, in my opinion. Some will say it’s a slim or thin body, whereas others will give preference to an hourglass shape. Meanwhile, the most popular body type of women in Japan is a slightly plump short girl.
This is a craze that has conquered the whole world. So no comments.
All in all, I can say that Japanese beauty standards for women have the right to exist as the society of this country is completely different from that of the US. Here, in the States, we accept all body shapes, skin, eyes, and hair colors while in Japan they consider only certain types of appearance beautiful and that’s okay. If your dream woman looks similar to the discussed type above, you can give it a try.