sanitary products in our country

他の国の生理用品はどんな感じ?

We asked our followers on Instagram, what do you want us to talk about on honeyhands? One of our Japanese readers sent us her question, “In Japan, when we buy sanitary products such as tampons and pads, they put those items into separated black plastic bag or brown paper bag which hides what we bought. Does this happen in different countries?” So I asked about what’s like to buy sanitary products and how people think about them to our writers' friends from all over the world to answer this question!

Instagramで読みたい記事はありますか?と呼びかけたところ、日本人の読者の方からリクエストをもらいました。『他の国でも生理用品を買うと別の袋に入れられるのか知りたいです!』みんなは考えたことある?今回は、様々な国の生理用品の扱い方について約13ヵ国での事情を聞いてみたよ。

🇯🇵 Japan (日本) - Hikari

As one of our readers asked in her question, when we buy sanitary products, sometimes condoms, it usually put into a black plastic bag or brown paper bag to be invisible to the others. However, it’s obvious when you’re bringing a normal drugstore bag with a black / brown bag. It happens in every store, such as: supermarket, drugstore or convenience store. Of course, there must be people who don’t want people to see what they bought. And on the other hand, there are people who don’t care, or who think it shouldn’t be like this. Not only for the embarrassment, there are another issues from using different colour bags or separating bags. It could be related to environmental pollution. What do you think? Is it too much?

読者の方がいったように日本では、必ずといっていいほど、生理用品(コンドームなど)を買うと真っ黒の袋や茶色の紙袋に入れられることが普通。買ったものを見られたくない人への『配慮』。だけど、ドラッグストアから出てきて普通の袋と真っ黒な袋をぶら下げていたら、生理用品を買ったのは見え見えなのでは?これはスーパーでも、コンビニでも同じ。もちろん、見られたくない人もいれば、その反対に全く気にしないという人もいるし、もしくはこんな風にあるべきではないと思っている人もいるかも。また恥ずかしさや見た目以外にも、袋の使い分けや入れるものを別することで増える袋の量が環境問題にも繋がる。みんなはどう思う?

🇰🇷 South Korea (韓国) - Yurina

韓国でも、日本と同じように黒い袋か紙袋に入れてくれるよ!“生理”という言葉を“あの日”と間接的に言ったりして、隠す傾向や恥ずかしさがあるのも似てると思う。周りの友達は、生理用品を買うときにレジ担当の人が男性だったら少し抵抗があるって言ってた。

韓国の生理用品が世界で1番高い(日本よりも1.8倍高い)っていうニュース記事があったんだけど、わたしも高く感じてて、日本に帰る度にたくさん買い溜めするよ!あと、最近ある韓国会社の生理用品にガン成分が含まれてたというニュースが出て、国内の生理用品を信じられなくなってる人が多いように思う。女性にとって必須の生理用品は何よりも体に安全であるべきだと思うし、価格も優しくなればいいな。

Same as Japan, sanitary products are usually put into a black bag or brown paper bag in South Korea. They tend to hide about period like in Japan. For example, they don't say "period" but they call it, "those days". My Korean friends said that they feel shy if the cashier is a guy when they buy sanitary products.

I saw an article about South Korea is one of the most expensive countries to buy sanitary products in the world. (It's almost two times more expensive than Japan.) And I feel it's expensive to buy in Korea so I usually bring back tons of sanitary products in Japan when I go back. Also, I know there was a news article about one of the sanitary products companies in South Korea was selling the sanitary products contained toxic ingredients such as: cancer-causing benzene. So many of Korean women feel scared to trust Korean products now. The most important thing about sanitary products is they have to be safe for women's body. In addition to that, I hope they get reasonable and cheaper.

🇰🇭 Cambodia (カンボジア) - Vatey

The experience might be different from time to time depending on circumstances. In Cambodia, when we buy sanitary products, they’re put in a black bag like Japan. When I was young and lived in the countryside, I was very shy. My mom owns a grocery store at home, so I didn't need to buy pads from anywhere else. But just getting pads from my own home made it difficult enough for me because I had to hide it from my dad. I didn't want anyone to see, especially my dad. Later on when I moved to study in the city, I always put it in the black bag. If there is no black bags available, I would hide it in my backpack. Packing it wasn't that difficult, the challenge was when you buy it from a male seller or when you are searching for it at the aisle where there were males around. You can tell how shy I could be. However, I do not feel that shy anymore when I get older because I realize it is an ordinary thing we need to deal with. Now I feel more comfortable buying it from anyone anywhere, and it is also okay if I need to carry it without a black bag from the stores.

時と場合によることが多いけど、カンボジアでは、私たちが生理用品を買うと黒い袋に入れられる。私が小さかった頃、田舎の方に住んでいて、私は恥ずかしがり屋だった。私のお母さんは私たちの家でスーパーを営んでいたから、生理用品を買いに出かける必要はなかったけど、逆にお父さんにだけはバレたくないっていう気持ちがあったから、隠すのに苦労したのを覚えてる。勉強のために大きな都市に引っ越したとき、生理用品を買いに行くと必ず黒い袋に入れてもらってた。もし黒い袋がなかったら、リュックの中に入れて隠す。リュックの中に隠すのは簡単だけど、男性の店員さんから買ったり、男性がウロウロしている通路で生理用品を抱えて歩いたりが、私にとっては大きなチャレンジだった。これを読んでたら、どれだけ私が恥ずかしがり屋か伝わるでしょ?でもね、今は歳をとればとるほど恥ずかしくなくなって、これは私たちが毎月立ち向かわなきゃいけない普通のことだって気づいたの。今は、生理用品を買うのも周りに誰がいても全然平気だし、別に黒い袋に入れてもらわなくても持ち運びもできるよ。

🇨🇳 China (中国) - Karissa

In China, sanitary pads are not put in a dark bag when you buy them and just put normal bag when you go to supermarket. And also I don’t think people who are feel embarrassed when they buy sanitary pads, even I saw some guy buy sanitary pads for their girlfriend. But I guess my mom feel embarrassed when I buy sanitary pads with her, because she always put them in a dark bag.

中国(特に私の住んでいた地域)では、生理用品は日本みたいに色つきの袋には入れられないかな。スーパーに行ったときと同じような普通の袋に入れられる。それに生理用品を買うことに恥ずかしさを覚えたりする人は少ないかも。私は彼女や家族の誰かのために生理用品を買い物している男性を何度も見たことがあるよ。でも私のお母さんは少し恥ずかしいみたいで、色つきの袋に入れ替えてる。