Bride to be in Japan looking for DIY advice

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@AmericanInJapanBride:  I don’t have any advice because I’m getting married in Hawaii, but I wanted to say hi since I’m also an American bride in Japan. Personal DIY weddings don’t seem to be a big thing in Japan, but I hope you figure out something that works for you. 

Post # 6
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You’re not going to find much in the way of DIY support there.  My Mom’s Japanese, and she was HORRIFIED when she found out I was desigining my invitations and DIYing my origami flowers.  To paraphrase (and be far more tactful than she was), “Only poor people DIY”.  She was absolutely terrified that my fiance’s family would think they were being cheap and refusing to support with the wedding. It’s somewhat post-war reactionary – my Mom was a dressmaker and learned to pattern by looking at a finished garment through a window.  People were forced to live with so little for a long time, and now it’s almost shameful if you choose to live that way. 

If you can get things shipped from China, that’s probably your best bet.  China post is painfully slow, but it will get there eventually.  If you’re not on a time crunch, that’s where I would try.

Post # 9
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I lived in Japan until about 2 weeks ago. I was in the Kansai region. What region are you in?

Daiso is awesome (as I’m sure you know). Daiei has some crafting things. 3 coins doesn’t have a lot of DIY materials, but has a bunch of things that will fit your theme. Try Yamaya and Loft for good crafting supplies, they tend to be slightly pricier though.

Maybe Donqi?

Good luck! And feel free to PM me.

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