National Geographic : 1964 Oct
I've known Nick a long time, and I couldn't resist adding, "What about Japanese genius for imitation?" He only smiled. "You're out of date," he said. "Yes, we Jap anese copy other people's ideas-what coun try doesn't?-and we do a good job of it, too. But times are changing. In Tokyo today we have scientists and engineers from all over the world, studying Japanese inventions." This was news to me. "Inventions like what?" I asked. "Like Yumeno Chotokkyu, the 'Dream Su- Tokyo at play invades Asakusa, a vast neon-trimmed amusement and shopping district that rivals the famed Ginza. Stalls sell everything from cameras to Buddhist funerary images. Advertisement beneath a merchant's stop sign offers bargains in suits. Giant Roman candle, the tubular San-ai Department Store blazes in the Ginza; shop pers know it as the "Dream Center." Land here costs nearly $500 a square foot; say the Japanese, "A pound of (inza clay is worth a pound of gold."