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As many of you might know by now, I live in Japan and so I usually only buy the Japanese version of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. It's not that stores don't sell U.S. Vogue and such, but it gets very pricey because it's imported from another country. And I also happen to find Japan's Vogue organized quite well with good editorials.
Every now and then my brother and sister that live in America come to Japan for a quick visit and I always ask them to buy me the U.S. version of Vogue. How hard can that be? Just go to the store, grab a Vogue, and you're done, right? Well that's not the case for my family. No, no, no.
To explain things, my older sister is a very smart girl, sometimes disgustingly smart and she's very committed to school. Just imagine a smart Japanese girl. And my brother is, well, a typical 20 year old college boy doing his thing, living life, whatever.
The first time one of them visited, they accidentally bought the UK version of Marie Claire instead. Hey, I'm totally fine with that, and I just told them that it's cool and everything. I just have trouble sometimes understanding the pricing of all the clothes and shoes because it's a different currency that I'm not familiar with.
2nd time around, they buy me a British Vogue and we all have a big laugh about it and I tease my siblings about how clueless they are with fashion and magazines.
And recently my sister came back, and guess what, she bought me another British Vogue (and this is after I specifically requested the U.S. Vogue)! COME ON! Get it together! Again, we all laugh about it and I sigh to myself thinking, "These two siblings of mine have no idea."
Really it's no big deal (British Vogue is great), but sometimes I wonder why people like my brother and sister have a hard time keeping up with fashion or understanding magazines. They don't even look at the magazines when they buy them, they just guess and blindly take it off the shelf and say "It says Vogue on it, so it must be what she wants..." This whole dilemma will always make me wonder, but for now it's something funny to look back at. And maybe I should buy the magazines myself after all, even if it's expensive...