Some time back, I posted on the subject of pubic styles in Japan, and the relative lack of popularity of the practice. This prompted a pubicstyle reader in Japan to share her insights into why the idea of pubic styling is still a novelty there (Thanks to reader Plato for putting us in touch).
She says (and I paraphrase a little)..
“I think that most Japanese women don’t think pubic hair is very important. They don’t have an opinion about the design of their pubic hair. But I think that is changing recently, especially the young generation.
When I was a child, my mother always said to me ‘you should hide your pubic hair at the baths or in the changing room. It is good manners.’ So I cover up with a towel or people might think I was vulgar. Especially the older generation.
But as I say, it is changing because we can get a lot of information about everything. Some Japanese women have been influenced by the TV show ‘Sex And The City’. One of my friends told me that she was interested in Bikini waxing because she saw it on ‘Sex And The City’.
Another friend read in a magazine about salons that use stencils. I think she is interested in pubic hair design, but she hasn’t tried it yet. Another friend tried waxing.
When Japanese woman talk about pubic hair, we’re usually talking about bikini line, not design. (I only trimmed around my bikini line. I’ve had a home depilator for my legs and under arm for years.) We feel uneasy about hair on the visible parts of our bodies… There is a culture of hiding pubic hair in Japan. Most Japanese people have black pubic hair, so we can see our pubic hair and shape through our swim wear easily, so we tend to wear underwear under swim wear.
I once went to a beauty salon to remove my under arm hair and they had some courses for pubic hair but it was really expensive. But they kept on sending me information about pubic hair for years. It is getting cheaper, so it is getting easier to try it. There were only a few beauty salons before, but now there are more.
Most Japanese woman in the young generation think it is normal, so I think they are trying to trim their pubic hair. On the other hand, some of my friends still don’t talk even about their bikini line, though they are same generation. So I don’t know what they think. I don’t feel comfortable talking about the subject with them. ”
Our correspondent is apparently experimenting with pubic design now. I hope she has fun with her adventures, and doesn’t get too many disapproving looks as the hot spring baths!
Thanks again to K-san and friend Plato.