Having taken a call from a customer this morning requesting further information about our Japanese Spectacle Cases, I thought I’d take the opportunity elaborate on them in my Blog! Apparently spectacles first appeared in Italy around 1260 and were initially designed to help the elderly to read. The reading glasses were extremely popular but there was one drawback - arms had not been invented and the frames kept slipping down the nose. It soon became apparent that the fad for video games could be ruining the eyesight of Japanese children. The results of eye tests carried out as part of last year's annual survey of the health of schoolchildren were the worst on record, with the highest ever number of children having their sight classed as 'extremely poor'. This follows a trend which experts say has been evident since the late 1980s - about the time home computer games became popular. I can remember from my experience of living in Japan that it felt as though an unusually high proportion of my colleagues wore glasses, and they certainly were crazy about computer games! I think our Japanese Spectacle Cases are really pretty little gifts, somewhat hidden within our Japanese Accessories category. They are well made, sturdy and covered in brightly coloured polyester fabric with a small magnetic catch on the hinged lid. The inside is soft, black velvet and moulded to protect the spectacles. They are available in a range of colours and designs at The Japanese Shop and at just £14 each, I think they make lovely presents! Enjoy this post? Follow The Japanese Shop on Facebook or Twitter for regular updates and to learn more amazing facts about Japan. Alternatively, browse our extensive range of authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas on our website along with hundreds of accessories.