Thursday, June 22, 2006

Just When I Thought Japan Couldn't Get Any Weirder

Editor's note: This post is not for the weak of spirit, or for those offended by jokes about porn.

I went shopping at Daiso, the Hyaku-en Shop, today.

Basically it's the Japanese version of The Dollar Store.

Jack and I had to go and buy some stuff for our decoration groups. Daiso is always the first place we look, because stuff is cheap there.

Now I've mentioned in these pages before that whenever I think I've got Japan figured out, it comes back and lays the smack down on me.

It happened again today.

I was walking past the 100 yen CD rack, when a rack of CDs caught my eye.

Now that's a little odd.

I turned to Jack.

"Hey Jack! These CD covers look like porn jackets, really cheap porn jackets."

Jack came over for a look, and then laughed. "Yeah, they do."

Then, I looked at the sign posted above the rack.

It said:

It is strictly prohibited to sell or show the VCDs and DVDs lined up here to anyone under the age of 18.



Those weren't CDs.

I picked one up and looked at the back cover.


For 300 yen a pop. (Ooh. Perhaps that's a bad choice of wording.)

When Daiso says they take care of all your needs, I guess they REALLY mean it.

This country never fails to surprise me.


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