The weird things you find in a Japanese electronics shop
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TOKYO–Yodobashi Camera is a massive electronics complex in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district. You walk through the neon-lined entrance into a maze of computer, smartphone, TV, and other displays. It’s designed to overwhelm.
The plastic shines under the glare of fluorescent lights. Add to that fumes from the bus depot outside, yelling salesmen, and a looped company jingle on the PA system based on “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
It’s a sensory assault.
Worlds away from the sedate Apple store across town in Ginza, Yodobashi began as a scrappy Shinjuku photo gear vendor in 1960. Now it has outlets throughout Japan, and sold a healthy $8.2 billion in the year to April 2012.
We all know that Japanese electronics is a has-been story, with consumer giants like Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp poised to join brands like Akai and Sanyo in the dustbin of history.
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