The unstaffed vegetable stand in Japan where you pick your produce yourself

When you visit a big city like Tokyo, it’s natural to think that the country is overcrowded with people. But take a 90-minute train ride out of the city, and you’ll be surrounded by nature, wide open spaces, and roadside vegetable stalls.

While these unstaffed stalls usually have produce displayed on shelves with a money box on the side where you deposit money for the goods, usually priced at around 100 yen (US$0.75) each, one stall recently made news in Japan for its unusual selling style.

The way vegetables are sold at this “stand” is described on the board right beside the site, which reads: “Vegetable Sales. Harvest Experience Style. All Self-Serve”.

The person who runs the stand actually has several vegetable plots with the same “pluck-it-yourself” sales system. The plots that Mr. Sato first visited had sold out of vegetables, as the ground was completely bare. However, he eventually got lucky with this one, which had a variety of goods still available.

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