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.
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.
Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.
Rice ball (onigiri) mix, available in many different flavors.
Counters in a Japanese post-office
A shelf of soda and juices.
A beautiful door at a traditional Japanese bar
The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.
Pocky, a very popular treat all around the world, was created in Japan.
A display of high-tech coffee makers and juicers.
High-end rice cookers for sale in a department store.
Example prices at a flower shop .
Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.
Examples of the winter flower selection.
An excerpt from Lee Magazine shows trends in hats and bags for Japanese women in 2003.
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.
A display at a candy store.
Family name stamps for easy-to-read kanji.
This sitting cat with its hand raised is called Japan's manekineko (literally "inviting cat").
Boxes of osechi, while beautiful and tasty, are often extremely pricey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.