Japan, insights and speculations – part 5.
1. Every Japanese has a bag. Including Men. At least one.
In addition to waste carrying (discussed in the previous blog), every Japanese bad has a small towel. After asking him, our guide (from the previous post) showed us he carries three different wallets.
2. Thus perhaps, consumption: For the architectural interest, I found myself entering overwhelming shops, with prices that show well the idea of the decreasing price additions.
Sometimes I found myself looking at the clothes, with interest in gender norms, prices, and the fact that in every floor (even if is is only 30sq. meters) I find four employees standing with a wide smile, greeting with a calculated “Hirashaimase”, and them being followed by one of them during your stay on the floor. Even my basic Mediterranean manners didn’t allow me to skip the stands and stick to the outline of the structure.
So, a nice Dior shirt costs only 3000$, and male TODS moccasins go for 800$, and so on.
The man next to me is engaged with calculating costs for square meter, economic models, and existential implications on the Nikkai.
I asked myself, and the guide, who the buyers were. The guide said they were regular people that save up from their average salary to buy an item for single use. Usually for a particular event. (I didn’t purchase anything, I must not be Japanese enough. And by the way, a great dress in Moji costs 10$ when on sale).
3. As part of the picture series “At Work”, I took a picture of a female cement mixture truck driver feeding the mix. I looked for working women, and their presence is significantly lower than men’s. It’s enough to look into a metro coach at rush hour to receive a graphic proof.
The guide’s sister, for example, never worked a day in her life (and as showed they are far from being rich). The average Japanese woman, according to the same guide, doesn’t work. Not when she gives herself to care for her husband and children, and not even before that. Any doubt from before is now gone, I am not Japanese.
4. He’s never met a family with four children, and hasn’t even heard of one with three (I can’t even guess how are there 128 million Japanese in such a small country. I guess that child death rates here have broken all statistics on the topic). A child in an expensive hobby, or so he says, and mothers don’t even think of financing, or so he says.
I’d like to hear more opinions on the topic
In the photographs:
And underground train coach, men, with bags.
An uncommon family. Two innocent kids.