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Looks Like Santa’s Been Skipping The Gym This Year

Does this suit make me look fat?
Does this suit make me look fat?

As you know, I take an avid and unnatural interest in Japanese holiday costumes, and this year is no exception. There were the usual acts of Santa blasphemy – including Sexy SantaEmo Santa and Thong Santa – but this year there was a decided trend toward puffiness, even in the outlying Xmas characters.

Petite Japanese women are fortunately forewarned that this costume may not fit them quite like the towering foreigner who was roped into being the main model.
Petite Japanese women are fortunately forewarned that this costume may not fit them quite like the towering foreigner who was roped into being the main model.
How come big heads are so cute on amine characters and so scary in real life?
How come big heads are so cute on amine characters and so scary in real life?

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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