Monday, August 24, 2009
Kani-Doraku translates into "Crab as you like it." The restaurant is a chain based out of Osaka. They are famous for their giant crab display which was influential in other restaurants having similar oversize display's.
This particular restaurant's animated display was not working (claws would animate).
Apparently the food is very good and reasonably priced. Having not eaten there yet, what has been written about this restaurant and its chain, has all been favorable.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
How does Mercedes Benz sell such small cars? This model is the same size as the Toyota Yaris. Obviously a status symbol.
Takashimaya is a chain of department stores in Japan and in Major cities like Paris and New York. Japanese department stores have floors dedicated to product families. Each floor is dedicated to a theme or target audience. The basement is the most interesting as it is where food is prepared, marketed and sold.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I think Japan has more coffee and tea shops than any other place I've been too. Perhaps not but the Japanese do enjoy their coffee quite a lot. It's very civilized.
Tanaka is a quality luggage shop. Not cheap but the quality is top notch.
Biking is a common means of transportation.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Darth Vader is using the force to draw people in to play Pachinko. Pachinko does have ties to organized crime in Japan. Many of the Pachinko parlors are operated by Korean's who have ties to the Yakuza in Japan.
Marketing 101 - tissue packages handed outside the Pachinko parlor.
"The force is with you" - playing Pachinko that is. Possibly the most mind-numbing game around. It hurts just to watch people play it.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Japanese drug store. Much is made about how the Japanese prefer name brands and expensive goods. That is true when it comes to gift giving. On a daily basis, when it comes to personal consumption, the Japanese are as frugal as it gets. They like good deals.
Hats are popular in Japan. One of the many things I enjoy about the Japanese is their sense of fashion when it comes to hats. Even older people are into their hats. There is a sense of dignity when it comes to hat style.
Bowing is customary in Japan. Women like to know what they look like from behind when they greet company.