Quote Japan

Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Shops- Quotes about shopaholics and materialism in Japan

“Every other shop in these streets glitters with plate glass, aluminium frames and often automatic sliding doors or kind which less affluent or gadget-minded societies reserve for airports and supermarkets” Ronald P. Dore, in Shinohata- A Portrait of a Japanese Village (1978)

“Fabric crack”- Shopping for Japanese T-shirts, according to Tokyo Underground by Brian Flynn, Josh Bernard and Jeff Day

“Full of Western-style shops so expensive that they seem to stock only one cardigan each. displayed on plinths in the middle of acres of space” Chuo-dori in Ginza, Tokyo, as described by Pete Brown in “Three Sheets to the Wind“, page 298

“Stationery you will never use, because you will be too scared to ruin it”Brian Flynn, Josh Bernard and Jeff Day in Tokyo Underground

“A full acre of rice that (colour TV) cost me; about 25 bales (of rice)… It doesn’t half eat up the electricity, though. We only use it for special occasions. Ordinarily we use the black and white set in the kitchen” A very Japanese extravagance, the Louis Vuitton handbag of its day, quoted by Ronald P. Dore


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