▶Japan Shirt Size Chart & Conversion

Japanese weavers mostly used silk, ramie, cotton and hemp for creating different outfits. The most important piece of clothing which keeps our wardrobe occupied is the kimono and humble shirt. These shirts are fashionable and timeless. Men and women equally opt for this formal piece of clothing.

In this article, we have tried to shade lights on Japanese shirt sizes with their conversion, and how you can pick the right fit Japanese Shirt every time you go for a new shirt. Knowing your body measurements is the first step towards finding the right fitting shirt.

Self-body measuring method to follow to find the perfect shirt size for the body:

Measurements are the key factors for the perfect size and fit; the proper measurements are of utmost necessity. There are a few areas that one needs to measure in order to purchase a proper Japanese outfit~


Collar Height / Collar DepthNeck size/shirt size/Neck Circle/Neck Circumference/ Neck Circ- 1st Button to 1st Button Hole Center

High Point Of Shoulder = HPS Shoulder Neck point = SNPCollar Band Height / Collar Stand Depth / Collar Stand Height

The measuring tape should be held around the circumference of the neck just below Adam’s apple and it should be a bit lose to ensure a comfortable fit.


Chest 2.5 cm Below From ArmholeAcross Front – 15 cm Below From SNP/HPS

The circumference of the chest should be measured at the fullest area, just an inch below the armholes.


Armhole Straight / Armhole Point to PointSleeve Length Short Sleeve

Cuff width – Short Sleeve / Sleeve OpeningSleeve Rolling Height / Sleeve Hem Height

Measure from the middle of the collar, down the shoulders and loosely along the outer side of the arm to your wrist to determine the arm length.


Waist 20cm Below Armhole

Inside Shoulder / Inseam

Across ShouldersShoulders

Pocket Position:

Pocket Position From SNP/HPSPocket Position From CF

Center back length

Front Length From SNP or HPS To BottomBody Length (Center Front)

Back Length From SNP or HPS To BottomBody Length (Center Back)


5L 3XL 127-132 48-49.5 94-97 142/147
4L XXL 119-125 45.5-47 91-94 132/137
LLL XL 111-117 43-44.5 89-91 122/127
LL L 104-110 40.5-42 86-89 112/117
L M 96-102 38-39.5 84-86 97/102
M S 88-94 35.5-37 81-84 87/91
S XS 81-87 33-34.5 78-81 77/82


Large, loose and comfortable Japanese shirts are everywhere. The shirts are extremely comfortable and are made of 100% high-quality cotton or silk.

The shirts can be worn in multiple ways, during winter one can put them under multiple layers of kimonos and can pair them up with a zori for a quick outing. During the hot and sweating summers, the cotton shirts let the skin breathe and allow it to remain cool.

The shirts in Japan come in diverse styles related to pattern and color. It has a classic fit and its round and simple collar suits all body types. They can be long-sleeved or short-sleeved and also like a furisode with long hanging sleeves typically reaching the calves or ankle. They can also be embroidered or flocked, or they can be of the typical Japanese pattern.

The Japanese men can pair a kimono or haori with hakama pants and socks known as tabi and flip-flops known as geta. A wide sash or belt known as obi is also necessary to tie up the whole thing together. Women’s obi is wider compared to the men’s.

What is an Asiatic Fit and what is an American Fit? How do they compare?

Asian clothing is typically a smaller fit than the western fit; they are slimmer and shorter. The American fit is a fit larger than the Asiatic fit as the men are heavily built in the western zones.

Western clothing is a much newer concept and is used for everyday wear and formal occasions, whereas eastern clothing is traditional clothing and is kept reserved for special occasions.

The Asian fit and American fit actually come with the same designs. The fits are specially designed according to the needs of individual choice and preferences. The American fit shirts are bigger in size (length and breadth).

A useful guide to converting Japan Shirt Size to US & UK Size:

Japanese brands follow a numeric system of numbering the clothes with the help of odd numbers starting from 3. Japanese shirts are typically five sizes smaller than U.S. sizes. For example, a Japanese size 9 would be a U.S. size 4.

On the other hand, U.K sizes are a bit closer to the Japanese sizes with a difference of 1 number. For instance, a UK size 8 would be a Japanese size 7.

Women’s Shirt Sizes: Japanese vs. Western

Japan 19 17 15 13 11 9 7 5 3
U.S. 16 14 12 10 8 4 – 6 2 – 4 0 0
Northern Europe 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30
France 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32
Italy 52 50 48 46 44 42 40 38 36
U.K. 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4

Men’s Shirt and Collar Sizes: Japanese vs. Western

Japan & Europe (cm) 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36
U.S. & UK (inches) 17.5 17.0 16.5 16.0 15.5 15.0 14.5 14.0

Unisex Shirt Size Chart – Centimeters

Order Size 
XX-Large X-Large Large Medium Small
Sleeve Length 25cm 23cm 22cm 20cm 19cm
Length 77cm 72cm 71cm 68cm 67cm
Width 61.5cm 56cm 51cm 46cm 41.5cm
Chest 117-122cm 107-112cm 97-102cm 86-91cm 76-81cm


Inspired by the Japanese Universe, the unisex shirts are large, comfy and roomy. They create a Japanese street style providing comfort and style at the same time.

How big is a Japanese large shirt?

A U.S size 16.0″ to 17.0″ is more or less the same as the Japanese large size (40″-42″) for men’s shirts. One needs to remember that for each U.S. half-size the Japanese shirt size goes up by one digit. For example, A U.S. shirt size reading 14.5 stands 37 sizes to Japanese.

Regarding Women’s Clothing sizes, such as blouses, shirts, kimonos, etc. it must be kept in mind that-

The U.S sizes are typically run 5 sizes larger than the Japanese size. For example, A U.S size 6 would be a Japanese size 11.

The U.K sizes are typically one size larger, so, if a U.K. size 5 would be a Japanese size 6. The sizes basically vary brand to brand and store to store but it is much expected that it may go up by at least one size when buying in Japan.

Japanese shirt collar sizes generally increase by 1 number for every 0.5 number increase in Western shirt collar sizes.


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