Last week I noticed that someone had hung a bag from IKEA in the laundry room in my apartment building. This is a common sight in Sweden, since these bags are very durable, large, cheap, and generally great for laundry. It is more surprising in Sapporo, since we do not have IKEA here. The closest would be in Tokyo (which had 2 last time I checked) or Osaka (which had 1).
On the way home from Tokyo, the girl next to me on the train also had an IKEA bag, which was a funny coincidence, since me and my Swedish colleague had told our Russian colleague how great these bags are on the train that we rode before getting on this train.