You cannot imagine how surprised I was when I saw this small purse at Chiba Mitsukoshi the other day. I asked the woman who actually works for the company that makes the purses if she had been able to sell this specific type to Japanese customers and she said she hadn't. I wasn't surprised when she told me most people ask her what "those things" are--pine cones?!? bulbs?!?! It's interesting though that despite the bad sales they still insist on the French countryside scenery.