TLT: The Wonders of Japanese Packaging

I did my fair share of internet research before I came to Japan last August, but nowhere did I read anything that could prepare me for Japanese packaging.

First of all, there’s a lot of it. For a country that makes garbage sorting so difficult and that likes to conserve electricity and resources almost to the extreme, it came as a surprise when I bought a box of cookies only to have each cookie individually wrapped. The same goes for candies, chocolates, and any other food you can imagine. On the one hand, a quickly growing pile of wrappers is a great way to stop yourself from binge eating the entire box of cookies in one sitting. On the other hand, when you’re having a bad day and you just want to eat your cookies in peace, that’s a lot of wrappers!

Three cookies, three wrappers… (Source: Creamy Steaks)

However, the Japanese have at least made the wrappers incredibly easy to open. In fact, they’ve made everything easy to open, and I mean everything. Most packages are even labelled with “Open here!” No scissors required, just grab and pull!

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Quick and easy way to get at my disposable heat packs.

Even CDs are easy to open (and we all know how impossible that plastic is to remove back home)!

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Easy-to-open packaging means I get to start listening to my new Arashi CD much quicker!

 They’ve even found a way to make cardboard shipping boxes easy to open!

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Mind. Blown. (Not to mention the fact that I had this shipped to my local convenience store so I wouldn’t miss/have to reschedule a delivery. Mind doubly blown.)

Remember those awful Campbells aluminum cans that have to be opened with a can opener? Not in Japan – they all have pull-tabs on top!

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My 200yen ($2 CDN) can of tomato soup!

And stickers, pens, gift bags, and all sorts of other stationary are sold in plastic pouches that can be easily resealed.

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Easy to open, AND the stationary is incredibly cute! Bonus!

I had another ALT say to me once, “If you can’t open something in Japan, you’re doing it wrong.” Whenever I can’t open something, I reassess the packaging and, sure enough, I’m trying to open it wrong.  I’m just worried that when I go back to Canada, I’ll never be able to open anything ever again (from the bags of chocolate chips I’ve gotten in care packages from home, I already know that I’m losing my touch)!

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