Saturday, 25 April 2009
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.