As I am an American one of the first things that I noticed when I started exploring my urban environment was the aeration of clothing and linens.
As I am also a fan of airing things out, I didn’t think anything of it the first few times I saw it. The more I saw it, I noticed how intricate it could get. Fact: it is a standard that most new Japanese homes come with a clothing rack built into the house or yard.
Then, one day, my beautiful and intelligent wife to pointed out to me the size of most of the dwellings.The lightbulb went on over my head as soon as I was done doing the cultural mathematics.
To have something like a washer AND a dryer in Japan is a status symbol.