at some point it becomes necessary to wash your clothes - and dry them. so i went to the mall the other day to buy a clothes horse. in australia, if you buy something that's too big for the store's largest plastic bag, you just deal with it and struggle to lug it round the shopping centre or to the car. this is not so in japan. they have little sticker handles that make life SO much easier for people like me who have no actual muscles in their arms.
shops in japan also play some interesting 'ambience' music. they're catchy little jingles that go something like 'seafood, seafood, seafood' (in japanese) - in the seafood section of the supermarket - and 'doo-doo-doo-IRASSHAIMASE!' (can i help you?) in my local chemist. the staff like to sing along too. nice.