To visit Japan is to enter a world of ephemera. From the first moment of arrival and the initial purchase of a train ticket, every transaction that follows serves to generate a seemingly endless supply of chits and vouchers, invoices and receipts, pamphlets, brochures and information sheets.
It’s like a flashback to a time, and a culture, when paper still played the dominant role as a carrier of information, when even the simplest of interactions involved the transfer of paper of some kind.
Why Dead Paper?
Gone but not forgotten, most of the items in Dead Paper have since been recycled (as have many of the ideas).
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The Waste Paper Baskets
Print – flyers, leaflets, catalogues and brochures. Some people call it junk
Packaging – all sorts of boxy paper for holding things
Publishing – newspapers and magazines, what we used to read before the internet
More paper – not everything ends up in the recycling