File Under “Other”

Last week, I went a Japanese ¥100 Store which has opened a branch in New York (except with import cost, it was a lot more like a ¥161 store). It was basically a dollar store in a different currency.

One thing they had for sale for ¥161 was silver stainless steel cylinders to hold ingredients for cooking. Being an outlet store, they had only two types:

  • a cylinder with "Sugar" embossed onto the front;
  • a cylinder with "Other" embossed onto the front;

I advocated buying the entire stock of "Other" cylinders and keeping all of my house’s food in these. While doing this might introduce some usability and learning curve issues into our kitchen, I think the aesthetic and philosophical qualities introduced would be well worth any inconvenience. The people I live with were less convinced.

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