TM reader and photo pool member Simple Simon posted this sweet shot of some tool souvenirs he brought back from Japan. Our favorite: the “GA-GA DUCK,” which appears to be an outlet child-proofer. As the package says (in English), “The peep is prevented.”
The prominent “made in Japan” information caught my eye. At first I thought this must serve the same kind of nationalistic purpose as “made in America” does here, but then I noticed that it’s in English, too. Is that for our eyes? Or is it duplicated in the Japanese text somewhere? (If any of you can translate some of these, please comment. I’d love to know what they say. Just click on the link above, and Flickr can show you a much higher-res version of the photo.)
Another thought: considering the history between Japan and China, I can’t help but wonder how the average Japanese feels about tools made in China. Can anyone — Simon, maybe? — shed some light on this?
Toolmonger’s Photo Pool [Flickr]