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  •  I have been to Japan (2+ / 0-)
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    trueblueliberal, LSophia

    The advertising seemed quite similar in Tokyo, not so much in billboards in the smaller cities.

    Then there is the Japanese cultural fascination with food. Really good food. (Mostly, I did take a bite of one popular treat and called it a Japanese Twinkee.) Lots of vegetables, fish, better fats.

    Also the reality that even the middle class lives in shoe box size apartments. Families congregate in restaurants for gatherings (or public parks in good weather) because none have the room to meet in a home. That goes for entertaining friends and coworkers too.

    It isn't just the beer and cigs, that Americans are tempted to buy. Furniture, clothes (yeah, rooms full - at least in many home care patients houses) TV/stereo systems, jewelry, sports/fitness equipment, not to mention hair/nail care.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 11:52:55 AM PDT

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