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Self-service

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Please, help yourself.


Grab as many as you wish to buy.


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And put the money in the box — the price is JPY 100 each.



*Yamato-shi, Kanagawa, Japan


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15 responses

  1. The absence of people can be as important as capturing the people themselves. Well done identifying that. Out of the two, I prefer the second one although, one does not work without the other. Again, well done for posting the two. Since you appreciated my tip in your previous picture, here’s another one: When posting two pictures as a set, make sure they match in colour balance, exposure and post-processing. I would personally re-do the first one to match the second.

    June 8, 2011 at 20:46

    • Well, the people has to be absent; otherwise it will not be “self service” :D…

      Ah, yes… the second photo looks warmer, yes?
      Thanks for the tip, Christakis… keep it coming :-)

      *extra note: these photos were actually taken before the photo in yesterday post :D… So, when I’m not in a hurry, I guess I can set the horizon right :D…

      June 8, 2011 at 20:54

      • On this side of the world people start drinking after it goes dark, so your comment has no leg to stand on :P

        June 8, 2011 at 21:41

        • I’m not sure I understand what you mean there, Christakis.
          Pardon my English :D…

          June 8, 2011 at 21:57

  2. I agree with Christakis. And yes, second photo is warmer. :P
    Now, about the captions.. since I don’t speak Japonese.. it’s really Self-Service?? :)))) Trust must be high in Japan.. :P

    June 8, 2011 at 21:39

    • “There’s an app for that”

      June 8, 2011 at 21:42

    • Well, actually, I don’t speak/read/write Japanese too… but my wife do (to a certain level).
      Anyway, yes, I would say that trust is very important and highly regarded in Japan.

      This shop sells vegetables from their own farm. It opens every day, but only for a couple of hours (around 11-3pm). If there are vegetables left (not yet sold) after 3pm, the owner will put out this sign and leave the stall unattended.

      The next morning, I would guess that the vegetables that weren’t sold will go straight to trash bin.

      June 8, 2011 at 21:53

  3. di pedesaan mana nih om,..santai banget dagangnya hahaha

    pake pesbuk juga bisa wekeke bisa pake yg mana aja nih mah hahaha

    June 8, 2011 at 22:37

    • Di deket tempat tinggal saya, Om. Ga desa-desa amat lah… masih sampingnya Tokyo :D…

      June 8, 2011 at 22:48

  4. kisarazu? *sotoy*
    duh jadi pengen joget yassai mossai :D

    June 8, 2011 at 23:05

    • Lah, kan di setiap akhir post juga udah dikasih nama tempat pengambilan foto. Untuk yang ini: “Yamato-shi, Kanagawa, Japan” … :-)

      June 8, 2011 at 23:13

  5. Pandangan awam, Saya pikir kontek swalayan ini akan lebih menarik ketika diphoto pada saat ada pelanggan.
    Sekian dan terimakasih. :-)

    June 9, 2011 at 00:39

    • Antara setuju dan tidak. Tapi, maap, saya gak bisa nongkrongin tempat itu sampai ada pelanggan datang :D (untuk membuktikan mana yang lebih bagus).

      *note: salah satu alasan si penjual meninggalkan tempat itu adalah karena kalau sudah lewat jam 3, pembeli sudah (sangat) jarang.

      June 9, 2011 at 06:30

  6. The trust in Japan never ceases to amaze me. This would never work in the UK, the money and product would be gone in a flash. Nice spot.

    June 10, 2011 at 02:02

    • Marco, you’ve been in Japan, so you know what I’m talking about, right? :-)…
      Yes, it’s still amaze me, too… although I shouldn’t take it for granted hehehe…

      June 10, 2011 at 07:26

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