“People in order”

More interesting than statistics? The real people behind them.

Here are three videos showing people “in order” — the first is 48 couples in order of the length of their relationship. The second is 100 people in order of age. The third is 73 households in order of income. I would really like to see a student create something like this to show the world more of Japan.

Care packages

“Care packages” are packages your mom (or dad, or sibling, or grandparent, or even a friend, but I always think of them as “mom packages”) sends you when you start living away from home. It’s a kind of tradition in the US, at least where (and when) I grew up.

Here’s an article from Tofugu that reminded me of care packages.

“Umai crate: the definitive 7-month long review”

It’s about a subscription box service for cup ramen. There are links there to similar services for Japanese snacks and toys, too. Ok, so they’re not care packages per se because you’re paying for them, but it might be an idea for a gift for someone who has everything… And it’s an idea for a budding entrepreneur, too.

I still get care packages, but from my mother-in-law. She sends us packages once in a while, with homemade (well, home-grilled by my father-in-law) surume (like squid jerky), vegetables grown in their local area, and other fun things like a certain local brand of cup ramen that is my husband’s go-to comfort food. That’s why I thought of care packages when I saw this Tofugu article. And I sometimes send care packages back, with homemade cookies 🍪


Discussion questions / writing prompts

  • Do you get care packages if you’re living away from home? What do you look forward to the most? If you don’t, what kind of package would you like to get?
  • If you could create a subscription service where you get a box of something each month, what would you like to get? Flowers? Fruit? Tea? Books? Would you prefer to choose what goes it in or be surprised?
  • What kind of subscription box service would you like to start? Do you think it would be an easy business to run?