It's hard to believe that I will be leaving for a visit to America in only a few days. Among other things, this means careful rationing and purchasing of perishable food items. At the time of writing, I only need 3 bananas to get me to my departure. But unfortunately, in Japan, that is not so easy to accomplish. Why? Because in Japan, bananas come in a bag.
This is also true of carrots.
I believe on occasion I've seen some singles, vulnerable to the passing touch and discretion of any customer, but the bag is the norm. A piece of protection, a sense of order where one can be claimed. It seems I'll be enjoying more bananas than normal in the next few days.