There are many weddings in June. We have
the weddings both in Japanese style and western
style. In many cases the bride wears her
wedding dress both in the Japanese and the
western style at one and same wedding party.
The dresses used to be gorgeous and expensive.
One does not expect or foresee to marry
several times, usually. Therefore it is rather
popular to utilize rental dress system. We
Japanese are pragmatic, rational and not
terribly religious. The wedding or the funeral
would be planned after the cost. The plans
are presented and sold with the set-prices:
A fixed price including all the necessaries.
A clever and smart choice from restaurant's
menu is the second top, from the wine-list
the second bottom. Why not our wedding.
In Chinese character, "value" and
"price" are rather similar.
For us Japanese it sounds as if they are
tightly related each other. But this relationship
is very thin or doesn't exist.
We valuate things sometimes by the usefulness
sometimes by the price. There are things
with only the prices such as stocks and gold
bars. Even the sceneries and bodylines can
be price labeled. " A million dollars'
legs." is an American taste of expression.
The useless things are often described only
by the cost: Jewelry, antics, fine arts and
architecture. The music is valued by sales
rank: "Top ten." We seldom
argue against the rank that the jewelry and
the costume would have higher value with
higher price. But when I say, "A person
with expensive jewelry and costume is reliable."
I would expect a lot of booing. Not so many
of you would choose your life's partner by
the price of his/her costume and accessories.
But such components as "From better
university, higher income and having Mercedes"
are not so easy to neglect. It is delicate.
Once we replace the value to numerical expression
we can judge easily. But we loose many other
valuable aspects. School entrance examinations
or valuation of your company, the unfortunate
lives led by the numerical valuation points
are so common. And the greater part of our
society is unfortunately based upon this
numerical expression. The mechanism of our
world is so well done that the more you spend
and devote your life to this value-price
replacement, you are promised the better
sum of the pension you might get.
Isn't it interesting?