Who has never been thrilled by a garment or a pair of shoes at Daimaru, then felt very alone when it came time to search and find the right size?
For people coming from Europe, a pair of shoes in "24" seems very small and for a person coming from the USA, it corresponds to giant feet!
So if you come from a Western country, this article is for you!
First, do not be afraid if in Japan you wear sizes well above what you used to wear in Western countries. It's not because you gained 10 kg crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, it's only because the references are not the same! It is not surprising to go from a western size S to a Japanese size L!
Note that the sizes here are often in centimetres: shoe sizes, bra sizes, and clothing sizes for children. So, it's quite simple, just measure the length of your feet to find the right size, the same for the size of children.
In order to help you to find the right size and you enjoy your next shopping session, you will find below all the sizes charts you need!
In some stores you might find Japanese sizes (from 3 to 19), especially for dresses, jackets, or blouses, but more and more often they use “small,” “medium,” and “large” even for pants or tops. Pant sizes are also labelled using a waist measurement, in centimetres.
Keep in mind that it is very difficult to find women’s shoes in sizes larger than a 25 in Japan. For men, the biggest size you can be able to find at most stores is a size US 10/UK 9.5 which is a size 28 in Japan. But you can find larger size shoes at big shoe stores and online.
Finding your bras can be tricky in Japan for Western foreigners, especially if you need large sizes. Most of Japanese women are less busty and also prefer padded and lacy styles.
On the other hand, if you have a small chest, you will have many choices in Japan and also you will probably fall in love with all the comfy padded tops you can find everywhere, and especially at Uniqlo.
For children shoe sizes above 20.5 cm, please refer to women or men shoe sizes.