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In 2020, Friends of Corruption Museum was invited to show it's gift shop stand in Tokyo, at Aoyama-Meguro Gallery, presenting it's classic tote-bag designs and a brochure with activities. Tokyo had always been an important spot for the museum's curatorial staff, as they believe the city has always been associated with a high level of corruption. The tote-bags were designed to be both stylish and practical, and the brochure featured a range of activities that could be enjoyed by both adults and children.​

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FoCM Tokyo Shop Stand

2020

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FoCM Tokyo Shop Stand

2020

Transporting the 1 million tote bags from Mexico to Tokyo was not an easy task. The tote bags had to be transported from Mexico to Tokyo by ship. The journey took about two weeks. The tote bags were then loaded onto trucks and taken to the Tokyo airport. The tote bags were then flown to Tokyo. A private insurance was purchased to insure the tote bags while in transit.

 

The 1 million tote bags were then distributed to the Tokyo stores. It is believed that some of them were holding "promotional items" for Japanese businessmen which were to be given away during the Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations. The tote bags were a big success and were sold out within days.