Magic Flute

So I have a big event approaching for which I will have to wear a suit.  Those I have balloon around me satisfactorily due to weight loss. One recommends me to go to a certain store. It is packed with, you know, suits but no people. I am made very welcome.

“If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare”

Charming assistant speaks no English and my Japanese lessons have not yet reached the “how to buy a suit ” chapter. Mime works and soon I am trying on suits that are too small for me. Finally we find one that fits, as far as I know,  and I cry, ” Hai!! Aregato gosaimasu.” I hate shopping and have to get out of there.

Things now get strange. The charming assistant suddenly turns into an in-your-face sales-harpie. She keeps bringing out suits and trying to force me to try them on. I am panicky. I want to leave. I do not want to buy another suit. The poor lady is almost tearful on account of my negativity and demonstrates many times on a calculator what a great deal I will get.

Finally  – thank God before I become abusive – I realize that I am in a 2 for 1 deal.  Having bought one suit, I get another for free. This seems very non Japanese but what do I know.

“But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

It also turns out that I get two pairs of trousers with each suit. Expecting to leave with a jacket and a pair of trousers, I, in fact, leave with two jackets and four pairs of trousers.

Have I been ripped off? Do I care?

You can put a goat in a suit but it is still a goat. This costs more than I paid.




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2 Responses to Magic Flute

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    I see that Japanese for “SALE” is, er, “SALE”.

  2. Naoko says:

    If you want another well-fitted suits and shirts for yourself, Futenma Yohinten (Futenma Tailor) in Naha is the place to go. It is the oldest tailor in Okinawa, and their service is outstanding. They have wide variety of fabrics, so you can spend hours choosing the one you absolutely like (if you want). They make your suit in 4 weeks. My husband made a wedding gown there because they remake the wedding gown into a business suit for free!

    They have a website but it is only in Japanese… ( But they welcome customers of foreign nationalities.

    Futenma Yohinten (Futenma Tailor)
    Business hours / 10:00 a.m. ~7:00p.m.
    Closed on Sundays

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