Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Friday, March 09, 2007

The plastic country

Wherever you go in Japan, whatever you buy, it will be wrapped in several layers of paper and / or plastic. Have a look on the fruits an vegetables I bought yesterday: Some of them where already wrapped: carrots e.g. you generally buy by two or three (!), just like potatoes and sweet potatoes. Others where put in (sometimes additional) plastic bags at the cash desk. The melon and pineapple slices finally had three layers of plastic each. Is this normal?


Blogger Roberto Allende said...

It does seem excessive and wasteful. I assume that they want to create an illusion that the food is clean and that the customer is getting something pure.

I also think that if people start suggesting that using that much plastic is wasteful, I am sure that the stores would stop using that much plastic to avoid bad public relations.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

You're right, in Japan external spotlessness and cleanness seems to be most important thing when it comes to fruits and vegetables. And indeed the customers expect things they buy to be wrapped - and that's why this won't change so soon, because people here think it's normal like that!

9:04 AM  

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