The Cornerplay: Japan's electronics scene isn't like yours

By Jeffrey Yuwono ยท 13 replies
Jan 9, 2015
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  1. I just returned from a holiday in Japan, a country with a fascinating culture for electronics. My biggest takeaway is how mainstream gadgets are in Japan; unlike most other countries, there seems to be electronics stores at every corner, with...

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Did you tell them that you're a reporter for a tech website?
  3. SourDo

    SourDo TS Rookie

    The store's name depicted in the photos is apparently BigCamera (transliterated from the katakana characters). I've not visited it before while visiting in Japan, but two other large electronics department store chains I've been to are Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki. (Not sure why they like to use "camera" in their store name when they sell way more than just cameras. Perhaps the stores were originally camera specialty stores decades ago?)
  4. Their porn scene isn't like ours either lol...
  5. In Japan, the people are more private about photos, even in public. Usually, would you want to ask first before taking or may ask them please move out of the way before taking a photo for instance.

    If you do a search, you can find articles about some articles about it.
  6. Almost. The katakana says it's Bic Camera, no relation to the pen and lighter manufacturer. Yes, decades ago when I was living there, they did sell a lot of (film!) cameras.
  7. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    They let you in? When I was in Tokyo a few years ago, they wouldn't even let us walk in the door. 'We are closed' is all they'd say, with tons of people inside the store... I was told it was because we were American (obviously) and they think we're trying to steal secrets or something.. /shrug. Dumbest thing ever. The whole electronics row down there, among all the pachinko stores, is pretty cool though. But we couldn't go in...
  8. SourDo

    SourDo TS Rookie

    Hi, thanks for the correction. I thought I saw "big", but on second look, my eyes saw wrong.
  9. "'We are closed' is all they'd say, with tons of people inside the store"

    That's when you start telling all their potential customers outside the store that they're closed too. They are "closed" after all
  10. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Stealing in japan is a very bad idea.

    You are in for a rough time. There is no writ of Habeas Corpus in Japan, which means Japanese police can hold you for up to 23 days (3 days' initial interrogation, extendable by 10 days a maximum of twice if a judge approves. Which he will--judges rarely deny public prosecutors the privilege unless a lawyer intervenes.). There have been cases of extraction of information (signed confessions that detainees could not read) through physical and mental duress (beatings, lack of sleep and basic amenities, denial of outside communication, consular contact, or legal counsel) carried out by chain-smoking tag-team interrogators. Detention by the Japanese police is one of the larger nightmares you can experience in Japan.

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  11. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 60   +40

    This looks like Brandsmart down here in South Florida.
  12. Where else have you (author) visited in Asia? This sounds like common Korean and Chinese electronics markets to me. Both also had huge electronics malls with rows and rows of stalls about 3mx2m up to the one or two pre floor that were stores with huge footprints.
  13. I was told it was because we were American (obviously)

    They are prpbably still upset about "Enola Gay" :p
  14. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    They wouldn't have had to worry about Enola Gay if they didn't attack Pearl Harbor. Soshite, boku wa nihon no bunka ga dai suki desu ("And I like Japanese culture very much").

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