Updated: Jan 18, 2020
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When it comes to shopping, the US is king. Stores in the USA have the greatest variety of cheap products to purchase. This is true about clothing stores, department stores, sporting goods stores, etc...
Sometimes I feel that there are too many choices. How can I choose when there 14 types of green sweat pants at the Under Armor outlet? Which of the 200 (literally) Yankee Candle scents will improve the smell of my bathroom just perfectly?
This is also true for grocery stores and supermarkets. There are many options for every type of product you might want. Want 12 different brands of canned beans? You got it! Want 30 meters of breakfast cereals? YES! You can get lost looking for Cheerios--no problem.
Just imagine trying to fit just one of those boxes of soda into a Japanese shopping cart. The good part is that it makes people buy smaller amounts of food. Maybe they eat less. Maybe fewer food items go bad at home before they are eaten.
(Later, after this photo, I learned that you must put a shopping basket inside the cart that can be put on the counter at the register, where the cashier moves item by item into a basket of a different color which you are allowed to take to a loading station to pack your items.
But wait! Not to be outdone, the Japanese have a far greater selection of seafood. Never in your life have you seen so many types of fish and shellfish. You can have squid (ika) in any way imaginable. Whole squid, partial squid, raw squid, cooked squid (infinitely less popular), dried squid, squid babies, squid guts, seasoned squid, squid soup, squid eyes, squid tentacles, squid skin...the list goes on.
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