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cash or credit card?

It goes like this:

You've been in Japan a while. You've got used to certain things, picked up certain habits. You slurp when you eat noodles. You bow when you talk on the phone. You warm your bum on the heated toilet seat even if you don't need to take a dump.

There are other things too. You don't bat an eyelid at all the cutesy stuff anymore; it just seems normal. Then one day you go to your bank and take out a credit card. You select the design from many options. You walk out of the bank with a spring in your step, happy with your new acquisition.

Six months later, you go back to your home country for a few weeks. You have dinner with a group of friends you haven't seen in a while. It's fun.

At the end of the evening you ask for the bill. Your friends all throw in their credit cards. You pull out your wallet and then freeze. You remember the design on your card. You suddenly feel a bead of sweat run down your back. Can you? Will you? If your credit card looked like this, would you just pay cash instead?

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On Sunday, 28 October, 2007, Anonymous Michaels said:

Oh my god...

Aimed at the high flying Japanese executive no less.  

On Sunday, 28 October, 2007, Anonymous mountaincat said:

Thats really cool if you can select design. My bank in home country once had very nice VISA cards with beautiful and fun childrens drawings, but it was over when I got my renewal card - borring computer graphics.  

On Monday, 29 October, 2007, Blogger Jon said:

Hell yes I would. And I'd be very proud of it, too.  

On Monday, 29 October, 2007, Anonymous ideru said:

oh yes... hey don't they a new wanko(dog) design right now? forgot which bank that was though.. i want a stitch designed credit card :D  

On Monday, 29 October, 2007, Anonymous Miss Piggy said:

All my friends LOVE Sesame Street so I think it'd be okay!  

On Monday, 29 October, 2007, Blogger Cutetwirler said:

omg they're so cool!
I went into Village Vanguard the other day and ALMOST bought all the Sesame Street toys...  

On Tuesday, 30 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've had a look into your blog, it's funny! nice pictures and interesting topics...

On Wednesday, 31 October, 2007, Blogger tornados28 said:

I'm looking for an Ampanman card.  

On Wednesday, 31 October, 2007, Blogger Unbalanced Reaction said:

As long as it's not Elmo. That little guy always freaked me out.  

On Thursday, 01 November, 2007, Blogger Chris said:

It could be worse- it could be a JCB credit card, like I got from Ito Yokado. When I tried to use that in England I just got blank stares.  

On Thursday, 01 November, 2007, Anonymous amidamaru said:

A Cookie Monster card! I would so wave it about shamelessly. Except when the boss is around.  

On Saturday, 03 November, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

I would so pay if my credit card looked like that :)  

On Sunday, 04 November, 2007, Blogger lina said:

flaunt it! you know the guys in other parts of the world won't be having one! but definitely not on a date...  

On Monday, 05 November, 2007, Blogger Kemek said:

Wow, how much credit card fraud has Yuka Suzuki had to endure because of this post?  

On Saturday, 10 November, 2007, Anonymous Alex Case said:

The Grouch would be the coolest, of course, with Count Von Count as a good second place. Bert and Ernie also good, but people might get the wrong idea.

Cookie Monster the only acceptable one of these. Agree with that comment on Elmo, and ditto Big Bird- too much like a bad trip man..  

On Monday, 12 November, 2007, Blogger Zaty said:


actually,... i would.

but then, i dont really mind what other people would think of me. i am still 20 after all, and sesame street rocks!

it would've been awesomer if it was some anime/manga tho ;D  

On Wednesday, 29 April, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would be very proud of it. And why wouldn't you? ;)  

On Wednesday, 30 December, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hadn't realized they were taking photos of people and putting them on their credit cards. Amazing. What will they think of next?  

On Monday, 15 February, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said:

wow! i like it =)
I'd like to have this for my Son

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