I have a surprisingly dark complexion (for a white person, at least). I have a bit of Native American blood in me and spend a ridiculous amount of time outside (even in the winter). Combined, that means that I’m usually more tan than all of my Japanese female friends/family.
Our old landlady in Tokyo used to get onto me about wearing tank-tops in the summer, when I walked Ryosuke to the train station. She was worried I would become tan and ugly and Ryosuke wouldn’t love me anymore (click here to check out that comic).
At the time, I thought it was funny. Now I’m not sure if I should be offended or not.