Saturday, March 10, 2007


I don't see Lucy Kraft listed on the NBR web site as either a staff member or contributor. But she offered an insightful and comprehensive story last night about the changing fashions in Japan, especially among young women. The story was anything but superficial. It examined the phenomenon of companies in Japan that rank the popularity of products. Such rankings become an engine driving consumer preferences for modern Japanese youth. Shakespeare's put-down of changing women's fashions (Sonnet # 20*) would find no resonance with many Japanese women. The apparently perfectly bi-lingual Kraft is a solid asset for NBR, even though she might now be just a part-time contributor. Bravo NBR and Lucy Kraft.

*A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion.
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women's fashion.
(Lines 1-4)

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