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Small Town In The Big City

January 14th, 2007 at 05:20 pm

One of the things I do love about Japan is the honesty which still can be found even when not in the countryside. Vegetable stands where the fresh vegetables have been left with just a sign saying how much to pay for them (there is nobody watching over them) are much more common in the countryside, but still can be found in city areas too. This is one that I walked by today:

The sign says that the vegetables are 100 yen each (about $1) which may sound expensive, but is less than you could get them from the local grocery store here. To the right you can see the tube where the money should be placed - it is simply duct taped on so anyone could take it if they wanted.

It's nice to see this type of honesty when it comes to money. Not many urban areas in the US where this would work.

One of the reasons I enjoy wandering around Japan is I love coming across things like this Smile

5 Responses to “Small Town In The Big City”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    You do see these alot in Missouri for apples, tomatoes and firewood, but the most common is a mailbox with a slot in it, nailed to a tree or post with a lock on the top of it. I wonder sometimes if they ever get robbed, but you never hear about it .

  2. Lez Save $ Says:

    Nope, I dont think they ever get robbed. I think people are fairly honest here, and even if they do take veggies for free, the farmers usually can do without the food anyway. I mean, maybe they take it as charity? and a way to not let food go to waste instead of running it like a business.

    Most farmers have direct connections to retail outlets and they go through the layers of the business network. Only rarely do they ever sell items through the honest system.

    but I must say i do like it. Though, I tend to frequent SEIYU myself. haha.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hmm, that is interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  4. LuxLiving Says:

    Here we have honey stands on the honor system.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm trying to figure out what the veggies are. The middle one looks like daikon and the one on the right looks like bok choy but what is the first one? It doesn't look right for an onion top, and its too white for a turnip. Is it kohlrabi?

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