Japan Does It Better 14: Baskets For Your Handbag

bunbougu cafeHave you ever thought about how gross the bottom of your handbag is?

Here in the states, unless there is a spare chair at the table, our handbags usually end up on the floor at restaurants and bars. This is mainly because–at least where I live–hanging it on the back of a chair is like asking someone to take it. So the options are holding it in your lap or setting it on the floor by your feet so you can keep track of it. It’s a pain and it’s disgusting, but those are the only options.

This is where Japan Does It Better. In Japan, it is considered unsanitary to put your handbag on the floor. So, most restaurants have bins or baskets at each table for your belongings (handbags, shopping bags, diaper bags…) The handbag baskets above are at Bunbougu Cafe and they are huge enough to hold a long day’s worth of stationery shopping.

A safe, clean place for your belongings…another way Japan Does It Better!

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7 thoughts on “Japan Does It Better 14: Baskets For Your Handbag

  1. cath says:

    This is really clever. I wouldn’t mind at all if The Netherlands started to implement baskets for your handbag immediately.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I never thought about the germy factor but now that’s all I’m going to think about! The baskets are a fantastic idea.

    • kimberly ah says:

      I hadn’t really thought about it either until one day I dropped my purse on the kitchen counter…then I thought for a moment and quickly sanitized everything. 😉

  3. Cindy R. says:

    The baskets are such a simple and effective solution! I just always keep my bag on my lap.

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