Friday, March 27, 2009
The pitch in Japan is that intimate apparel demands an especially discrete cleaning. At the Men's Clean Koenji Shop, $7.81 buys a key to one of 240 small, mailboxlike compartments. In your compartment you place your dirty underwear, along with a ticket showing you have paid a 78-cent laundry charge for each pair. Mysteriously, by noon of the second day after your visit, your underwear is back in your compartment folded and clean.