It is an Obi


As you might have known from my previous posts, I have collected some imported CDs from Japan, actually just two. And I found that both have little paper put at the side of the case.

I thought they might have some perk, but as I carefully examine them I found nothing extraordinary. Well, they are Japanese products, I thought. Only Japanese can understand their own product.

Well, I found out an information about that paper. It is called Obi.

Originally, obi is a part of traditional Japanese dress. It is a kind of sash and is used to fasten robes, but as time goes by, its practical usage got overshadowed by its function as ceremonial accessory. The same word is then used for a strip of paper looped around a book with some information about the book; mainly the book title, price, and publisher. After the emergence of CDs, obi is also used to give information about the CD e.g. title, version, track listing, price, catalog number. It is usually wrapped around the left hand spine of the item. But do not consider obi useless and dispose it right after you open the product. CD with an intact obi can worth more than the same item without, and there are even some people out there who consider obi-s as collectible items. So, do not throw it away!

Interesting, is it not? Do you have it too? Maybe not an obi, but something in you that might not appear to be extraordinary, but describes who you are and make you worth more.



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