Since living in Korea, I honest to God have forgotten that men exist. Its the reason why you had a better experience in Japan. The men in Tokyo are so different. Sign up for a FREE online writing workshop here. Plenty of Westerners are familiar with Chinese features and in fact, often mistake Japanese and Koreans to be Chinese as well. Koreans tend to speak better English. Like in Japanese skincare, you’ll need to use a moisturiser at the start of the day or overnight to lock in all the skin-loving ingredients infused to your skin. I do love Korea, and it was a great place for me to experience living abroad, but it is still growing and becoming an international destination. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; 98 percent of Koreans and most Japanese lack ABCC11 gene so they don’t have body odor like other races. For example, a woman will need an eyelash curler and eyelid glue (or for a semi-permanent effect, a trip to their cosmetologist for eyelash perming and a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)) to achieve curly lashes and double eyelids if they don’t have it, but it needs to look naturally curly and not like the US standards of eyelashes with a lot of mascara. Seal everything with moisturiser. 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In the United States the general beauty standards in women are: Tan skin Toned and thin body Large bust Small waist Full hips Long-bronzed legs Flawless complexion Full lips High cheekbones No wrinkles Pearly white teeth… 9. I was surprised at how few beauty shops I saw in Tokyo. Your email address will not be published. While it’s illegal in most countries to refuse a person work because of their gender, age, or anything that affects their ability to work, in South Korea, a practice called oemo jisang juui is a regular practice in most workplaces. Korean’s speak their mind more and people claim that they are more honest and will be lifelong friends but actually Korean people are more rude and honest but are very hot headed and get mad very easily and call off friendships real fast so they are not life long friends, its really hard to maintain a lasting friendship with Koreans since they get mad so easily about something, you do one thing to make them mad and the friendship will end very easily. Both Korean women and men are obsessed with having porcelain white skin (like how in kpop all the male singers are super porcelain white). Koreans are more homogeneous in physical appearance, pale skin. Could it be historically linked to Japanese geisha? While western beauty markets products pointed towards matte skin, K-Beauty focuses on a natural look. In Korea, the ideal woman is rail thin and very pale, and they will go to extreme measures to reach that goal. Whether you agree with this or not, each country has its own standards of beauty. Unlike Japanese beauty that leans towards perfection, Korean beauty leans toward youthfulness. No one looks at me, or checks me out; I am kind of like an invisible person walking down the street. I really enjoyed my visit to Japan, and I can’t wait to return. Japan vs. South Korea: Differences in Beauty Standards, Men, and Diversity. Also it doesn’t help seeing a lot of negative images of criminals and poor people being dark skin people. Well, the Japanese version of it is that a woman must be light-skinned, slim, and facially attractive without a hint that these are artificial. One of the things that you learn fairly quickly when you arrive in Korea is that, as a culture, they value unity. No matter how long you live in Korea, you will always be a foreigner. Even if you’re short on time, a few simple Japanese beauty products will go a long way in priming skin to look its best. In fact, male beauty standards in Korea expect men not to look too traditionally masculine and look more androgynous. Email us at for information about sharing your experience and advice with the Pink Pangea community. Why?” I have been living in Korea for a year now, and, visually speaking, it can sometimes be a little boring. Let’s move on the next beauty ideal every Chinese girl wants to have: the right face shape according to the Chinese beauty standards. So, first, let`s talk about Blackpink. Whiteface: It’s not spoken of much here in the Western Hemisphere, but in the East, it’s a concept that’s had a long history in the world of beauty—even predating colonialism. Left: Japanese gyaru makeup. Pioneering new standards of beauty "Now, many women are choosing the 'escape the corset' movement to practice feminism in their daily lives," she added. Actually when East Asians first encountered Europeans they had nothing flattering to say about their appearance. During the summer, some people practice wearing thick clothing despite the temperature as a means to cover up their skin to prevent tanning.