A Self-service Food Stand that Works on the Honor System in Japan 良心市、無人販売所

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所Culture
Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所
Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

This is a sales place for vegetables, fruits, flowers and so on.
It is usually just a shelf and a roof, without any doors or windows.

There are no employees or guards, but it isn't a vending machine either.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

The quality of the products are good, and prices are usually 100 or 200 yen for 1 pack.
They are much cheaper than the market price.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

You should put the money into the coin box yourself, honestly.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

These days, the coin boxes are locked. (No Change Given)
When I was a kid I use to see simple boxes or just cans with no locked. (You could get the change yourself long time ago.)

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

You can see these shops by the roadside or in the parking lots around the Japanese countryside (agricultural area), especially in Kochi 高知 Prefecture of Shikoku 四国.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

Fans of home-grown vegetables and local farms use this unmanned food stand.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

Most consumers are honest.
But, I have heard that some people short-change the stand or steal the money and food. That is too bad!

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所

良心市 ryoushin-ichi means
良心 ryoshin: conscience, honesty
ichi: market, shop
It is also called a 無人販売所 mujin-hanbaijo, means a self-service (unmanned) stand.

Ryoshin-ichi 良心市 無人販売所
I hope the culture of Japan remains honest in the future.

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