The extreme battle for space on this Shinagawa station convenience store dictates that newspapers are either folded and stacked vertically or, in the case of the more popular titles stacked like ice-cream cones. And whilst it’s possible to find more expansive newspaper displays that include clearly visible headlines – it is very much the local Japanese norm.
Japanese ATM interface – with two bowing staff members after an ATM card has been declined.
What body parts do you use for counting? In western societies its common to count using primary hand, thumb first, then fingers before repeating the process on the next hand. In Japan the digits are counted out of the primary hand and then counted back – addictive then subtractive.
Cherry blossom season is almost upon us and with it, an abundance of beer advertising. Poster showing a full range of emotion of an archetypal salariman beer consumer – featuring the actor Nishida Toshiyuki. For every culture – the body language that passes for full-on satisfaction. For every product, service, experience – the emotions that define an optimal experience.
Lady on the right of the photo sits at a make-shift in desk front of Shibuya Station issues receipts to her scouts in return for thick weekly manga that are popular with Tokyo commuters. Her network of scouts pull the magazines from nearby bins for recycling and resale. A selection are then sold on a nearby stall.
“Be Quiet.” Really.
The mental distance between the act of recycling, and what happens with what is recycled. My neighbourhood paper recycling van in Sangenjaya drops off (recycled) toilet paper for customers that recycle paper (above).
Take the Keio Exit out of Shibuya Station and hang a sharp left and you’ll soon come across a crowd of spectators watching the monotonously addictive pachinko. The everyday places that we linger will start to take on a new relevance with the widespread adoption of devices equipped with proximate wireless connectivity – Bluetooth, RFID, WiFi, …, when the simple act of lingering creates opportunities for meaningful data exchange. And we all know what data exchange leads to. Right now it’s a long way from being seamless, but when it does it will change the sociability of spaces. For every culture, a pachinko parlour crowd.
Given the extensive use of emergency phone numbers in un/popular culture – the extent that it’s easier to remember the emergency number from another country?
The inherent character of spaces. The extent to which the notion of inside and outside becomes mute.
In Japan stamps are a common way of providing proof of having been somewhere. Train stations, mountain huts, sea ports, and airports often have a work bench where you can add an additional stamp. The designs are often simple and perhaps because of the format have an element of ‘classic’ about them – the stamp for Chitose Airport, Hokkaido shown here.
Shoes specifically for use in the male toilet room (the rest of the building, a mountain lodge is a shoe free environment) the result of a strong separation between clean and dirty. Visually the strongest demarkation of boundaries is the presence of the objects, toilet slippers, themselves.
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