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I was outside on djdigit's fire escape, playing tetris on my celphone, sort of marvelling at the insane traffic below. A huge ginormous monster tour van parked across the street and ejaculated an enormous payload of japanese tourists. Now, that's nothing so unusual. San Francisco is a city with loads of tourist appeal, and tour buses issue forth great dripping gobbets of camera-toting gawkmonkeys in some pretty unusual locations.

But this surprised me.

The eager bunch of travellers was toddling along to visit a truly American tableaux of Western culture - Costco. Huh.

It makes perfect sense, really. Where else could one witness the marvels of overconsumption and the mixed blessings of abundance than among the aisles of Costco, sampling the saturated fats and deep-fried delights of the dark nature of capitalism.

Okay, right, Wal Mart. But that isn't just across the street from here. Whatever.

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pharminatrix
Oct. 16th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
What I think would be extra confusing to tourists is to take them to Price Club or Sam's Club where you need a membership to buy in bulk.
caffeina
Oct. 16th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
You need a membership for Costco, oh mais oui. Just to go in.
foundsound
Oct. 16th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
It might be a novelty to the Japanese -- bulk outlets, like Costco, are currently banned on all 4 islands. Part of the matter deals with their obvious landspace issues (the elder sect feels that the necessary space could be used for something "more logical"), but a lot also has to do with bulk items themselves. Japanese households are squat little boxes built for [typically] short people needing to hide stuff in compact spaces; bulk-sized items just won't fit. There are also concerns that, although initial sales would no doubt thrive due to the novelty, the bulk outlet thing would turn out to be another fad, and the economy is still too unstable to support something so uncertain.
a8
Oct. 17th, 2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
actually, there are two costco stores on the outskirts of Tokyo. one in the Chiba prefecture, and one in Mitaka.

also, you can use your costco membership card in any costco world-wide.

although yes, homes here in tokyo especially are tiny, but the japanese have this uncanny way of using every last bit of useable space in a living environment.. it's amazing really.
caffeina
Oct. 17th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Wow... Japanese Costco... The mind reels!!!

I now feel like I have superpowers with my Costco card.
a8
Oct. 23rd, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
ok, here's an update... just cuz i'm planning on GOING to costco and was doing some research on how to get there and stumbled upon this:

http://www.globalcompassion.com/costcojapan.htm

you may enjoy it :p
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