Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Won't Miss #2 - the herd mentality

When something becomes very popular in Japan, people tend to flock to it and huge lines are the result. That means that if you are curious about something or genuinely like it, you have to wait a very long time in a line (sometimes for hours) to sample a popular food or service.

I won't miss waiting in long lines just to try something new or popular.

1 comment:

  1. For the longest time I truly reviled this tendency. But, the post-disaster panic buying buying somehow made me more sympathetic. My wife, her sister and the folks at the local gas stations (with whom I was able to chat because I'm now rural instead of in Tokyo) all saw things exactly the way I did. An artificial shortage is being created that in turn creates an artificial need.


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