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“Smell and Cautiousness”
Today’s story was written by an editor in the Nikkei (name unknown).
The theme is “smell”.
The writer concerns that any kind of “smells” are reduced lately in an urban area.
For example, not only are vegetables displayed at a supermarket well-shaped, their smells are gone.
Also, there is a remarkable tendency to deodorize smell of sweat or considerable deodorizing products for distinctive body odor of the middle-aged and elderly are found in the market.
“Cautiousness fades on a deodorized thing; therefore, people can’t find expired food or polluted food, and even questionable selling or dubious character.”
In Japan, the saying “sweep the trouble under the carpet” is said “put a lid on stinky thing.”
Just like the saying, if we keep putting lids on stinky things, our senses get spoiled and can’t notice what we suppose to notice naturally.
A living thing naturally has scent. If there is no scent, you’d better be cautious.
The NIKKEI Oct/18/2008
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