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(Reuters)   In Japan, where consumers are loath to spend and avoid traditional retailers, discount clothing chain Uniqlo is selling cashmere sweaters for as little as $62 and 7-Elevens are hawking gourmet coffee and ice cream   (reuters.com) divider line 68
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2013-10-06 07:48:14 PM
I had a friend who would buy antique glassware whenever he visited the States and stick it in his carryon on the way back to Japan. Apparently our kitschy 60's style baking dishes can be worth significant money on that side of the ocean.
 
2013-10-06 08:00:43 PM
Consumers are loathe to spend and avoid traditional retailers in Japan?

Subby you're outta your mind, shiat eating, wall climbing, pants on head, fark a blender insane from Planet Crazy.
 
2013-10-06 08:34:26 PM

doglover: Consumers are loathe to spend and avoid traditional retailers in Japan?

Subby you're outta your mind, shiat eating, wall climbing, pants on head, fark a blender insane from Planet Crazy.


I was thinking pretty much the same thing. Perhaps this is a "thatsthejoke.jpg" situation? I'm definitely not getting it...
 
2013-10-06 08:55:47 PM
Chicken and Waffles.
 
2013-10-06 08:56:13 PM
Say what you will, but Japanese fashion is adorable.

The sad thing is, the girls clothing looks just as good on guys, too.
 
2013-10-06 08:57:56 PM
Is there such a thing as gourmet tentacle rape?
 
2013-10-06 08:58:59 PM

ultraholland: Is there such a thing as gourmet tentacle rape?


I was going to say, did they blow all their money on porn?
 
2013-10-06 09:00:19 PM
So it's capitalism as usual? Exciting news!
 
2013-10-06 09:01:07 PM
Look, all I'm saying is that I'd like to have sex with an attractive Japanese girl, in her vagina...and her mouth and possibly her anus...if you know what I mean...and I think you do.
 
2013-10-06 09:02:21 PM
I'm way too sober to understand why this is Obvious. Gin and tonic stat!
 
2013-10-06 09:03:53 PM
So long as they keep making bukkake porn and simulated TV game shows where fathers try to guess which girl is their daughter by farking them through partitions, I don't care how Japanese people spend their money.
 
2013-10-06 09:06:08 PM

mamoru: doglover: Consumers are loathe to spend and avoid traditional retailers in Japan?

Subby you're outta your mind, shiat eating, wall climbing, pants on head, fark a blender insane from Planet Crazy.

I was thinking pretty much the same thing. Perhaps this is a "thatsthejoke.jpg" situation? I'm definitely not getting it...


Yeah, I think that's the joke about the reporter being out of touch with reality on how Japan works.

They sell used girls panties and damn near anything else from vending machines.

I.. Really want to try those vending machines, cause you know they have pet rentals, and gourmet pizza machines and...
 
2013-10-06 09:07:30 PM
Wolf892: Look, all I'm saying is that I'd like to have sex with an attractive Japanese girl, in her vagina...and her mouth and possibly her anus...if you know what I mean...and I think you do.

please elaborate
 
2013-10-06 09:08:54 PM
Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.
 
2013-10-06 09:09:27 PM
Not that anyone here probably cares, but Uniqlo sells some really great, cheap unstructured jackets.   I get lots of compliments on mine, if you were looking for such a thing.
 
2013-10-06 09:19:13 PM
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2013-10-06 09:20:06 PM

FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.


Well they are a Japanese company after all.  So I would imagine it's nicer and more innovative at home base.

/When out and about in SE Asia always find your local 7-11 resource
 
2013-10-06 09:20:32 PM

ultraholland: Wolf892: Look, all I'm saying is that I'd like to have sex with an attractive Japanese girl, in her vagina...and her mouth and possibly her anus...if you know what I mean...and I think you do.

please elaborate


Well, it all starts as soon as this girl is washed and brought to my bed chamber...who am I kidding, she can even skip the being washed part.

scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-10-06 09:22:40 PM

FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.


Winter coats, work clothes, casual, tennis shoes, etc, all for better prices then one would think.
/Only shopped at the ones in the US.
 
2013-10-06 09:23:00 PM
Eh, I love everything I've gotten from Uniqlo.
 
2013-10-06 09:24:36 PM
 
2013-10-06 09:26:48 PM

ReapTheChaos: simulated TV game shows where fathers try to guess which girl is their daughter by farking them through partitions


Wait, what? Sounds like I've been missing out on something...
 
2013-10-06 09:28:57 PM

Gleeman: ReapTheChaos: simulated TV game shows where fathers try to guess which girl is their daughter by farking them through partitions

Wait, what? Sounds like I've been missing out on something...


Just type "Japanese game show" into any porn search engine.
 
2013-10-06 09:40:38 PM

northguineahills: FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.

Winter coats, work clothes, casual, tennis shoes, etc, all for better prices then one would think.
/Only shopped at the ones in the US.


I didn't go to many while in Japan (there was one close to the hotel I was staying at in Hiroshima I visited a few times), but you're dead on. 7-Elevens in Japan are pretty much akin to a small, upscale store compared to the convenience stores here in the US. They sell video games (PS2/3, PSP/Vita, etc), have a larger selection typically, and even have lower prices than you'd expect. I was thriving on 1.5 liter bottles of Dr Pepper for like $2 US.
 
2013-10-06 09:43:30 PM
please tell me they are not graphic cashmere sweaters with some japanese character taking a dump.
 
2013-10-06 09:46:25 PM
This is a good thing about Japan. Japanese people are very rational when it comes to capitalism.
 
2013-10-06 09:48:14 PM
Uniqlo is the Ikea of apparel.
 
2013-10-06 09:51:40 PM
I loved the fashion when I lived there...too bad I was 5'6", 130 lbs and could never find anything in my size. However, my friend and I made a game of going through the department stores and finding shirts with the most messed up English phrases to take pictures of. We found one shirt with the word "RAPE" on it, and nothing else.

OTOH, I couldn't have afforded anything on my college stipend, so it was probably for the best.
 
2013-10-06 09:51:56 PM
In North Carolina, where consumers are far from the influence of flavor of the week fashion designers, a 100% gen-you-wine cashmere sweater can be bought for as little as $30 at Belk and locals know that coffee is coffee and ice cream is better when its made at home.

/It's not News, It's Fark
 
2013-10-06 10:08:45 PM

ReapTheChaos: So long as they keep making bukkake porn and simulated TV game shows where fathers try to guess which girl is their daughter by farking them through partitions, I don't care how Japanese people spend their money.


Don't forget the go kart races where to go karts fark the girls in bondage outfits riding them!

/Used to think I wasn't weird, then I stumbled across that and really liked it!
 
2013-10-06 10:16:37 PM

bborchar: We found one shirt with the word "RAPE" on it, and nothing else.



O-o

No way.
It's so long ago that it's almost got the feel of hallucination but I have seen a RAPE shirt too. In Thailand in 1998, somewhere up north, maybe Khon Kaen.
It was really small, like kid's size. Dark green camo but with bright pink lace edging on the neck. And it said RAPE on the front.
I was into buying weird stuff there but never bought that. Nor did I take a photo (we were more selective I guess pre-digital).
But I did see it.
 
2013-10-06 10:21:23 PM

doglover: Consumers are loathe to spend and avoid traditional retailers in Japan?

Subby you're outta your mind, shiat eating, wall climbing, pants on head, fark a blender insane from Planet Crazy.


I'm not sure subby's so far off.  It's not that people are avoiding traditional retailers. It's insane consumer emporiums from one end to the other.  People go to all the malls and big depaatos all the time.  Those stores are chock-a-bloc filled with greeters and shelf-tidiers and people to fold your minor purchase into seven layers of tissue paper and put it in three layers of bags.

And no one buys very much.  Seriously... all the massive retailing and advertising is *because* the post-80s Japanese consumer is incredibly conservative.
 
2013-10-06 10:28:27 PM
Visited a few Uniqlo stores in Tokyo back in 2011 when the exchange rate was 77 yen/dollar. The prices were really good back then. At 95 yen/dollar like it is now, I'm sure the bargains are phenomenal.
 
2013-10-06 10:28:32 PM

northguineahills: FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.

Winter coats, work clothes, casual, tennis shoes, etc, all for better prices then one would think.
/Only shopped at the ones in the US.


There's one slated to come to DC soon. I'm looking forward to it, I was impressed when I visited the one in NYC. Quality stuff in nice slim fits, and quite affordable.

\Actually, that whole City Center development should be cool.
\\And traffic should be somewhat better when they finally finish.
 
2013-10-06 10:30:28 PM
Uniqlo is awesome.

Priced as cheap as Gap, more stylish than J Crew and Banana Republic, and the clothes holds up better than any of these companies.

Except for shoes, suits and outerwear, I pretty much buy all of my clothes at Uniqlo.
 
2013-10-06 10:31:32 PM

WeenerGord: strangeluck: They sell used girls panties

What used Japanese girls panties may smell like


I should know better than to click
/was thinking sushi pics.......lost my appetite
 
2013-10-06 10:32:11 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-06 10:35:21 PM

my alt's alt's alt: Uniqlo is the Ikea of apparel.


Except their clothes are better made than most US retail clothing chains.
 
2013-10-06 10:41:21 PM

Lawnchair: doglover: Consumers are loathe to spend and avoid traditional retailers in Japan?

Subby you're outta your mind, shiat eating, wall climbing, pants on head, fark a blender insane from Planet Crazy.

I'm not sure subby's so far off.  It's not that people are avoiding traditional retailers. It's insane consumer emporiums from one end to the other.  People go to all the malls and big depaatos all the time.  Those stores are chock-a-bloc filled with greeters and shelf-tidiers and people to fold your minor purchase into seven layers of tissue paper and put it in three layers of bags.

And no one buys very much.  Seriously... all the massive retailing and advertising is *because* the post-80s Japanese consumer is incredibly conservative.


They're not really.

It's that there's a whole caste of working poor who can't afford those things because their pay sucks.

The people with money are shopaholics.
 
2013-10-06 10:59:14 PM

doglover: The people with money are shopaholics.


That brings to mind a former colleague(let's call him K) whose fiance came into a large amount of money.  Suddenly she wanted a wedding that was about 100k which was about 2/3s of the money.  K realized that she was trouble and broke it off.  Probably a wise choice.
 
2013-10-06 11:05:16 PM

BafflerMeal: FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.

Well they are a Japanese company after all.  So I would imagine it's nicer and more innovative at home base.

/When out and about in SE Asia always find your local 7-11 resource


What, Southland Corp. sold out?  I'm out of the loop...
 
2013-10-06 11:09:34 PM
 
2013-10-06 11:13:28 PM
In Japan, where consumers are loath to spend and avoid traditional retailers...

Yeah, loath to spend unless the item has a button, transistor, or LED in it...oh wait. That's everything in Japan.
 
2013-10-06 11:18:02 PM

Fubini: I had a friend who would buy antique glassware whenever he visited the States and stick it in his carryon on the way back to Japan. Apparently our kitschy 60's style baking dishes can be worth significant money on that side of the ocean.


Jadeite.  The Japanese love Anchor Hocking Jadeite glass.  The rarer the better.

FatherChaos: Uni-qlo is awesome.  The only place I went to shop for clothes in Japan.  (Most places don't carry my size.)  Cheap clothes but they're nice quality.  I still have a Metal Gear Solid shirt from there.

As far as 7-11 goes, Japanese convenience stores aren't nearly as shiatty as the ones in the US.  I can totally see gourmet coffee being served there.


The coffee they serve at Wawas around here is better than Starbucks and may well qualify as "gourmet"; I know they have a ton of flavors, though I've never tried them (I like my coffee coffee-flavored).
 
2013-10-06 11:19:39 PM

HempHead: [im.uniqlo.com image 455x555]
MEN CASHMERE CREW NECK SWEATER
$89.90
 http://www.uniqlo.com/us/store/lifewear/men-cashmere-crew-neck-swea ter /078259-03?ref=mens-clothing


I paid about that for a cashmere sweater at a Brooks Brothers outlet a couple years ago.

/it's a really nice sweater.
 
2013-10-06 11:27:03 PM
I loved Uniqlo. It was just too bad that all their clothes are made for people of Japanese height.
 
2013-10-06 11:30:19 PM

bborchar: However, my friend and I made a game of going through the department stores and finding shirts with the most messed up English phrases to take pictures of. We found one shirt with the word "RAPE" on it, and nothing else.


i.huffpost.com

Not photoshopped.

superhappyawesome.files.wordpress.com
www.japansubculture.com
 
2013-10-06 11:49:37 PM

Gordon Bennett: bborchar: However, my friend and I made a game of going through the department stores and finding shirts with the most messed up English phrases to take pictures of. We found one shirt with the word "RAPE" on it, and nothing else.

[i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

Not photoshopped.

[superhappyawesome.files.wordpress.com image 605x770]
[www.japansubculture.com image 850x634]


Aye.  As I understand it, it's considered fashionable and trendy to have english on signs, but next to no interest into whether or not said english is accurate.  They see it as irrelevant.

/Watches Japanese TV
//Not the farking cartoons
///Doesn't speak Japanese
 
2013-10-06 11:56:46 PM

Soloco: WeenerGord: strangeluck: They sell used girls panties

What used Japanese girls panties may smell like

I should know better than to click
/was thinking sushi pics.......lost my appetite



I don't know. The song has a good beat. It's something you can dance to.
 
2013-10-06 11:58:13 PM
uniqlo makes some comfy clothing
 
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