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February 08, 2009



I assume there's a connection with their wonderful concept of honoring unique craftspersons & artists as living treasures. The Japanese look as landfilling as a form of recycling (well, sort of ... but with pitfalls like the Kansai Airport subsidence). They've yet to appreciate the importance of historic preservation of non-sacred places - like the machiya - the old merchant's houses in the center of Kyoto. That said, this honoring needles does strike me as a parallel to Jewish genizot for sacred texts (a definition that is fairly broad). The closest we get in NYC to honoring needles is to mark the site & annually commemorate the loss of overwhelmingly young women garment workers in the Triangle Shirtwaste Fire in Greenwich Village. Their deaths gave birth to the 1st US national worker safety laws. Perhaps the cosmopolitan spirits of New York & Tokyo - the world's 1st designated sister cities - have somewhat entwined?


Thanks for the post -- having lived in Japan for a few years myself, I can attest to having seen the same things. Yet I would point out that "recycle shops" and businesses like Book Off are hardly unpopular in Japan, either. In premodern Japan, there was a lot of recycling because non-elites had to deal with such a scarcity of resources: old kimonos were taken apart and made into bedding; the backs of paper had to be written on; etc.


Far from being the fan of japanese movie, I accidentally came across this one http://file.sh/the+great+yokai+war+torrent.html and watched it - not bad ;)

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