Carry bags the Japanese way (2004-05-30)
Japanese women have a unique way of holding their
bags. I first
noticed this on the day we arrived in Japan almost five years
ago. After we finished the check-in procedure at the hotel
reception, a female staff proceeded to take us to our room. She
was tiny and looked about 105 lb (48 kg). I was carrying this
giant duffle bag which weighed a hefty 22 lb (10kg) on the airport
this lady insisted on carrying the bag for me. Instead of holding
the bag in her hand, she hooked it on her skinny little arm which she
held it bent at the elbow with her palm facing up. She basically
dangled the bag, which must have weighed more than all her limbs
combined, on her arm all the way from the lobby to our room. I
was worried her elbow was going to come right out of its joint! I
don't know how she did it but this woman had arms like steel. She
made it to our room without breaking a sweat.
Since then I've been noticing that women here like to carry their
bags the way that hotel staff did. I've seen them carry big bags,
small bags, multiple bags on the arm, even kids hook their bags on the
arm just like the adults. That's probably why a skinny woman
seems to have no trouble carrying a heavy bag on her arm, she's been
trained well from an early age.
Besides some minor shortcomings such as discomfort, pain and cutting
off circulation in the arm, the biggest drawback I find
carrying bags this way is that the handles create a lot of creases on
the sleeve. But it gets worse when you wear a short-sleeve shirt
and the creases are embedded straight on the skin, PINCH! OUCH!
Anyway handbags should be called armbags in Japan.
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