Dear Readers! This post concerning collecting stuff japanese made is a reprise of the previous one I wrote on September 3rd. In this case the collecting in question happens to be vinyl records, by coincidence of course. Three years ago living in Japan I was all alone on this topic, but it really seems to be catching on now.
During Japan’s economic boom of the 1970s and the subsequent wealth created in the 1980s, many wonderful inventions were made. Many great ideas were implemented. Importance was placed upon design and meticulous care was taken in execution and manufacturing. Because of all this effort, japanese manufacturing became the hallmark of quality.
Collecting Japanese Records
Not surprisingly, while the UK and the USA and other major countries were busy with artistic creativity, Japan was busy doing, busy making cool stuff and selling it around the world. Things depicted in these photos might be British, German or American in concept, but the physical product for sale is Japanese. For me, the enjoyment of collecting japanese records is one of the many pluses of living in Japan. Indeed, in Germany or in the USA it would be possible to sell the vintage records accumulated here for as much as five times their price, but you didn’t hear that from me! The days are already getting short.
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School of English, Kotoen
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