December 10, 2004

Japan's Gadgets

Japan is one of the few places in the world I want to visit. Partly because so many of the things I like come from Japan, or are heavily influenced by Japanese culture. One of the reasons I don't want to go to Japan, however, is because there are so many things over there I would like to buy, even though I can't read Japanese. Unfortunately, since I do pay attention to the technology and culture of Japan, I realize the sort of things that are lacking in the U.S. The SFGate has an article about this titled The Gadget Gap.

I think a large part of the problem is the mass-market approach dominant in U.S. business. It is extremely hard to find niche products anywhere other than via direct channels. In Japan, there are stores that sell a single product, open one day of the week with a different product each time, and sell out in hours from a line that formed the day before. There are so many types of products I would be interested in, but I'm looking for something that is perfect for me. That's hard when the majority of products are feature-saturated to meet the needs and desires of the lowest-common denominator.

Posted by josuah at December 10, 2004 5:38 AM UTC+00:00

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Author Profile Pagehey dude says at December 11, 2004 5:45 PM

I have been told by someone who has raised cats that the reason why some cat does not use the liter box is that the liter is not clean enough fon that cat. The liter sometimes needs to be changed everyday. If there is a smell from the liter box, the cat will urine or poo outside the box. An advice worths a try. There are disposable liters, however, they are a bit expensive to use everyday. It is about $3-4 a bag, and they are disposed off everyday. These may come in handy on busy days when there is not enough time to change the liter.

Author Profile PageJosuah says at December 11, 2004 7:45 PM

I already know that. But that has nothing to do with Japan or gadgets.

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