Businessmen Fascinated by "Randoseru" in Japan (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 18 (Jiji Press)—Backpacks that look much alike randoseru schoolbags have emerged as favorite commuting gear for Japanese businessmen.

Randoseru, box-shaped bags made of leather or leather-like synthetic materials, have traditionally been an essential item for elementary school children in Japan as they are designed to carry textbooks and notebooks as well as stationery.

A growing number of adult men now find randoseru-type bags suitable for bringing notebook computers and document files while commuting.

The popularity of the backpacks has soared since Tokyo-based leather bag manufacturer Tsuchiya-Kaban launched carefully crafted randoseru for adults called "Otona Randoseru" in November last year.

The maker has so far sold a limited number of Otona Randoseru for ¥100,000 per bag in several occasions and seen them sold out instantly.

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A Tsuchiya Bag leatherworker carefully inspects each finished bag. (Photo by Ōhashi Hiroshi)

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