Saturday, 25 April 2009

Wrapping Culture


Spring is here, the weather is warm and the rainy season is still six weeks away. Time to buy some books and read them in the park. I like buying books in Japan because you can choose between a paper cover or a bag. I prefer book covers because they keep the books clean and because I can read trashy thrillers on the subway without worrying that one of the senior professors might see me. Japan has a 'wrapping' culture. Goods that are beautifully presented and well-wrapped are more pleasing than something that has just been thrown into an Asda Bag for Life. But as a result the Japanese have to be more pro-active about recycling.

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