BND '04

The time is approaching quickly, and amidst all the craziness of this month, I almost forgot…

For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate — in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that’s become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to shop.

This Friday, 26 November 2004, is Buy Nothing Day. To many people, this day is often considered the biggest shopping day of the year. Those in retail call it “Black Friday””.

Here are my entries on BND for 2003 and 2002 (#2). Maybe you’ll find some inspiration.

Stepping out of the consumer stream, for even 24 hours, is a fascinating personal experiment. Will you react with Zen-like calm or panic? Will there be withdrawal, anxiety, an epiphany? Can you holdout? Can you remember? People tell of strange and wondrous, mind journeys when they close their wallets, ditch consumer culture and the daily routine.

What I usually do is try to get outside and take a hike out in the woods, far far away from the bustling shopping malls, maddening crowds and frustrating traffic. I highly recommend doing so, it’s actually quite therapeutic.

You can also find and participate with some BND activist groups:

  • Find a local Jammer Group on Adbusters
  • Culture Jammers on
  • BND Yahoo Group
  • Caring Consumers on LJ.

Please feel free to share any more related groups in the comments.

Their tag line says it best: Participate By Not Participating. There are plenty of ideas at the official site, and it’s a great place to start.

What will you be doing for BND?

BND '03

Happy Turkey Day to everyone! What follows is a public service annoucement:

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, 28 November 2003, is annual Buy Nothing Day. The day after Thanksgiving is a renowned day for big retail sales, shopping, and all around gluttony. Do yourself a favor, and participate in BND by not participating in the madness. I am more than happy to not wander into retail hell tomorrow. The only thing I may purchase would be food (yes, that includes coff-ay). Maybe we’ll take a nice drive. What are your plans for the day, if any?

Want to learn more details about this campaign? You can do so here.

turning japanese

Our plans for our trip to Japan in a few weeks are becoming more and more concrete. So far, we’re planning to people watch in Harajuku on Sunday, and visit the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka on Monday. Other possible plans include touring shrines and temples in Nikko, hitting a few game centers, and checking out uber-kawaii stores like Kiddy Land.

In related news, I was a bit disappointed (yet slightly amused with the irony) in finding out that forests were demolished to make way for the 2005 World Expo in Aichi Prefecture. The theme of the Expo? “Wisdom of Nature”. Sigh.

tangu no sekku


I almost forgot (again… yeah, I need to put these things into my Visor)… Happy Boy’s Day!

May brings the reminder that in Japan, as in the United States, one of a nation’s greatest assets is her children. May 5 is “Children’s Day” in Japan, the day to stress the importance of respecting the character of children and promoting their health and happiness. It is also the day for children to express their gratitude for the tender love and care they receive from their parents.

it is tradition to hang koi-nobori (carp streamers) and buy samurai dolls on this day. Well, along with eating mochi, of course. 😉

The day is traditionally known as Boy’s Day in Japan, although as of late, is is known as “Childrens Day”. Call it what you want… have a good one!

(thanks to MeFi for reminding me, heh)