日本での一年間

April 17, 2011

No Shopkeeper Store

This store has no shopkeeper. Right now, there is nothing for sale, but at another similar store, I saw fresh produce, including green leafy veggies and adzuki beans. Each was pack into a little plastic bag and closed with tape and had a price sticker on it. There’s a money box that looks like a piggy bank with a lock (but nothing as fancy as the things they have at the Piggy Bank Museum, it’s just a plain wooden box.) And There’s also a notebook and pen, so people who buy things can make a note of it.  I can’t imagine this business model working anywhere but rural Japan. I’m sure that everything would be stolen if a store like this were to open in the states.

The sign literally says, "no person selling shop." Money is supposed to change hands without having to see the other person's hand.

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3 Comments »

  1. This sounds like the highest form of charity in Maimonides categorization, with the person giving and the person receiving both remaining anonymous. Instead, here it is the highest form of honesty and trust.

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — April 18, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    • What an interesting connection! A store like this certainly relies on a lot of trust. The whole town needs to remain honest for the store to work. I wonder if anyone ever checks up on the store to make sure people are staying honest…

      Comment by myyearinjapan — April 19, 2011 @ 2:50 am

  2. […] — myyearinjapan @ 8:52 pm Going along with the store-without-people idea that I wrote about yesterday, today I have some pictures of a little car dealership not too far from where I live. If you […]

    Pingback by No Shopkeeper Used Car Dealership « 日本での一年間 — April 18, 2011 @ 8:55 pm


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