Expensive branches

Visiting Tokyu Hands, one of my favorite shops in Japan I found a corner full of little branches. There are differents sizes, packs with many of them, different types of wood etc. It’s ok if they sell branches, but look at the prices! This branch in the first picture is 378 yen (more than 2 euros/3 dollars).

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7 Comments
  • Fireball

    December 19, 2007 at 5:15 am

    What do you do with branches? Is there so little forest in Japan or why are they so expensive (and sold in stores?)

  • mekemeke

    December 19, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Japan has 251,200,000ha of forest.
    Its 66% of Japan so we have enough woods.
    I think it’s maybe rare/inported brand of wood tobe used for decoration or woodwork . (goodsmell, beautiful grouthring,etc)
    Probably it looks strange to euroeans.

    horrible english,,.( . .) 

  • sheerblade

    December 19, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Could be also for the people that love to play with their beetles *shrug*

  • lolwut

    December 19, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    It doesn’t look like its much different from an arts/crafts shop or a place that caters to woodworkers.

  • kirai

    December 20, 2007 at 6:54 am

    mekemeke: your english is perfect! Thanks for the explanation, I didn’t know 66% are forests. Living in the Kanto area makes me feel like Japan is just a huge city 🙂

  • Windbell

    December 26, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Did you had to ask for permission before taking photos or was it all taken secretly? ^^;

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