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Latest Lit: Confessions of a canned-coffee collector

April 03, 2008

Fifteen years ago, Mikio Yamazaki published a book called The Aesthetics of Canned Coffee (our translation of the Japanese title). The provocative cover is reproduced here, and for those of you who may be wondering why those women are so jazzed about cans of coffee, well, obviously, you have a lot to learn about Japanese culture. Today, Yamazaki-san runs a Japanese website called Canned Coffee Retrospective that includes some marvelous old cans and the stories behind them. Perhaps we'll feature some of those with translations in the f...

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