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  • Thumbnail for Store interior, a new "super-store"
    Store interior, a new "super-store"

    This is a view of the interior of a new store in Japan. It is the type of store that would be referred to as a "super store" or "super center" in the U.S. I.e., it carries groceries, drug store items and sundries, stationary, books and magazines, household items, etc. The emergence of this style of retailing is relatively recent in Japan.

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    Japan, 1951: Small town open front markets

    Open front shops are seen in smaller towns --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Chilled Coffee and Tea
    Grocery Store Display: Chilled Coffee and Tea

    Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Onigiri Mix
    Grocery Store Display: Onigiri Mix

    Rice ball (onigiri) mix, available in many different flavors.

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    Mail Counter

    Counters in a Japanese post-office

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Drinks
    Grocery Store Display: Drinks

    A shelf of soda and juices.

  • Thumbnail for Fusuma
    Fusuma

    A beautiful door at a traditional Japanese bar

  • Thumbnail for Post Office Sign
    Post Office Sign

    The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Pocky
    Grocery Store Display: Pocky

    Pocky, a very popular treat all around the world, was created in Japan.

  • Thumbnail for Coffee Makers and Juicers
    Coffee Makers and Juicers

    A display of high-tech coffee makers and juicers.

  • Thumbnail for Rice Cookers
    Rice Cookers

    High-end rice cookers for sale in a department store.

  • Thumbnail for Flower Prices
    Flower Prices

    Example prices at a flower shop .

  • Thumbnail for Candy Store Display:  Mochi
    Candy Store Display: Mochi

    Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.

  • Thumbnail for Bouquets
    Bouquets

    Examples of the winter flower selection.

  • Thumbnail for Pedestrian Fashion 1
    Pedestrian Fashion 1

    An excerpt from Lee Magazine shows trends in hats and bags for Japanese women in 2003.

  • Thumbnail for Lantern Shop
    Lantern Shop

    This picture was taken by Prof Edward S. Morse of Harvard, who came to Japan in 1877 at the invitation of Tokyo Imperial University to teach zoology.

  • Thumbnail for Candy Store Display
    Candy Store Display

    A display at a candy store.

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    Inkan

    Family name stamps for easy-to-read kanji.

  • Thumbnail for Maneki neko "Inviting Cat"
    Maneki neko "Inviting Cat"

    This sitting cat with its hand raised is called Japan's manekineko (literally "inviting cat").

  • Thumbnail for Grocery Store Display:  Osechi
    Grocery Store Display: Osechi

    Boxes of osechi, while beautiful and tasty, are often extremely pricey.

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    LG25

    Throughout South Korea there is a chain brand of convenience stores where it is most convenient to drop by when in Sinchon or any other district. What was discovered was that there is an ATM inside that doesn't charge extra for an international withdrawal.

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    Seoul streetlife

    This is a typical street in Seoul. There is little shade sometimes from the sun, so it isn't uncommon to see a few people walking around with umbrellas on a sunny day.

  • Thumbnail for Magazines in bookstore section of a super-store
    Magazines in bookstore section of a super-store

    This section of the magazine rack in a new super-store features offerings for female adolescents. Interestingly, a number of the titles are in English, including magazines titled, Wink Up, Kitty Goods, and Ego system. The color schemes employed in the magazine covers are interesting, also, as reflections of colors seen elsewhere in contemporary Japanese culture.

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 05,Urban population density, seismic risk, Pontocho Street, Kyoto.
    Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 05,Urban population density, seismic risk, Pontocho Street, Kyoto.

    Urban population density, seismic risk, Pontocho Street, Kyoto. -- Earthquake hazards include not only initial ground shaking, but also fire from broken pipelines, downed electrical wires, damaged heating systems, etc. In crowded Japanese cities with narrow streets and many old wooden buildings, such as this, fire can spread rapidly, and with broken water pipes and debris-filled streets blocking emergency vehicles, timely fire-fighting and rescue operations may be difficult or impossible.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Restaurant street display
    Japan, 1951: Restaurant street display

    The visualized menu is more effective! Japanese food rates very high in 'eye appeal'- fish, pickles, vegetables, meat, rice, and soybean preparations --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.