There's an interesting post on the New York Times Room For Debate blog today (link).
The main question they asked of some designer and artist types:
What does the care devoted to the visual details in a packed lunch suggest about the culture? Why is such value placed on aesthetics in everyday life in Japan?
I have some thoughts about this, but I thought I'd open it up to debate first. What do you think about that question, and what about the responses?