buying clothes in Japan for those not possessing a Japanese body-shape.
It's not impossible, especially in bigger cities. For example Tokyo is home to H&M, Zara, and Gap to name a few. But if you live outside of a big city, like me, you will usually find Uniqlo and not much else.
I get around this problem by buying online.
One of the best online shops I have come across is ASOS, which has a HUGE variety of clothes, shoes and accessories in stock at a reasonable price, and shipping to Japan is FREE! For other online shops which deliver to Japan, both for free and otherwise, refer to the list below.
Although many do ship to Japan, the postage is often fairly expensive (usually around GBP10).
Here is a (small) list of shops which deliver to Japan. The majority of these are UK-based. If you have any additions, please let us know in the comments. Prices in brackets are the postage:
Clothes and gifts
House of Fraser (20GBP)
Marks & Spencer (15GBP)
Lands End (Starting at 28USD, dependent on order value)
Blue Banana (Delivery calculated at checkout)
White stuff (12GBP)
not on the highstreet (caculated at checkout)
CX London (7GBP)
Plain Lazy (10GBP)
Clothes and accessories
Dorothy Perkins (10.50GBP)
Shopbop (free worldwide shipping on orders over 100USD)
Revolve Clothing (Free worldwide shipping on orders over 100USD)
Mango (For delivery in Japan you must shop through the Japanese site. Delivery is 1,590円 for orders under 18,990円 and orders above this 490円)
Accessories Direct (20GBP)
Fat Face 12GBP for the first item and then 3GBP for each additional item up to a maximum of 30GBP
French Connection UK (1-4 items 20GBP, 5+ 30GBP)
GAP (Delivery calculated at checkout)
Ted Baker (caculated at checkout)
CCS (25% of the net order total to a minimum of 32.99USD.)
All Saints (18.95GBP)
Mountain Gear (dependent or order value, starting at 25USD)
simply beach (caculated at checkout)
Pink Mascara (delivery from 20USD)
Urban excess (8GBP)
rip 101 (30GBP)
long tall sally (15GBP)
Lembrassa (7.95GBP free over 100GBP)
Ann summers (free over 35GBP)
La senza (14.95GBP)
Fig Leaves (5.50GBP)
Victorias secret (from 27USD)
agent provocateur (10GBP)
undercover experience (4GBP orders over 40GBP free)
Although I have never been charged, you may want to consider the possibility of import taxes.