Monday, May 17, 2010

Will Miss #171 - love of "Downy"

One of my students is always happy when she comes to her private tutoring session in my apartment just after I have done laundry. The reasons she likes this is that I happen to use Downy fabric softener (as it is cheap in gigantic bottles at Costco). She loves the smell of Downy, and she's not alone. An import shop not too far from my apartment has a huge sections up front of nothing but fabric softeners that includes scent samples.

Japanese women are curiously gaga over Downy, and I'm going to miss this odd preoccupation with something so thoroughly mundane.