Here in Japan, the same popular characters are popular (although the bad guys are much more appreciated), but often they’re just doing other stuff. Like...well, for example: in Japan, the visage of an evil, genocidal dark lord is used to sell Goodyear Tires. Maybe because...both are black?
The managers then bow to each other and line up facing the front doors. They bow to the customers waiting to shop. They then open the doors and greet everyone who enters. It’s a fascinating ritual that I encountered by chance last time I was in Japan, and was happy to experience again.
Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:
It’s Just Different Over Here As with almost every spot of Western culture that Japan Hoovers up, in accordance with the nuance of local tastes, i.e., straight-up Borg-like assimilative capabilities, the institution of Star Wars has been exhaustively Japanified. The same popular characters are popular, but often they’re just doing other stuff...
JUNKWORLD Sells Used Japanese Electronics. These are Not Hot Ticket Items While certainly not an exclusively Japanese set of preferences, the desire for the latest, newest, freshest consumer products has a particularly robust… uhh, momentum over here. And it’s also particularly comprehensive.