Somewhere in Japan, Dispatch № 83: Bulging

A clear plastic garbage bag filled with discarded trays from ready-to-eat food

The forty-liter clear plastic bag bulged and looked ready to burst, its surface stretched taut like the skin of a drum over the contours of its irregular contents. Brown scabs of packing tape mended it in several places, holding it together and preventing it from further splitting where sharp edges had ruptured the thin polyethylene.