Japanese women try to cover up everything and don’t mind looking silly in an effort to stay as white as they can, while I’m purposely wearing shirts that expose as much skin as decent to the sun, because I want a nice tan. Besides huge sun masks, long gloves and neck coverings, Japan goes a step further in their love of white skin: whitening creams. In Western stores you can find products to artificially tan your skin or speed up the tanning process while out in the sun. In Japan it’s almost impossible to find skin lotion or cream without whitener in it. So I can’t wait to go home and buy me some normal skin cream which won’t turn my skin even whiter than it already is.