Sunday, April 25, 2010

Milk Chest

In Japan, milk is sold mostly by the liter in grocery stores but delivered in small, glass bottles about half that size. Usually the dairy company deposits the full bottles and retrieves the empties from a small box perched by the customer's front door. Made of white plastic adorned with the name of a dairy supplier, they are hard to miss.

Our neighbors are a bit more discrete. I never even noticed their milk repository until just the other day. Their old-fashioned receptacle is built directly into the stone wall enclosing their fantastic yashiki or traditional style house. Inscribed with the words "milk chest" written in Katakana, a metal door conceals the bottles from view while an opening from behind enables access from other side, kind of like urine samples at the doctor's office.

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