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The gateway to East Asia
Because there is so much steeped in tradition in Japan, I felt the old needed to be included with the new. These small hand brooms were one basket among many lining the doorway into a small store. Wicker and reeds have been used for centuries for just such items. While they certainly don't qualify as 21st century technology, it gives one pause to think about the technology advance that was made when they introduced centuries ago. Susan Brown, July 14, 2010