Monday, November 1, 2010

Rental Mini-Refrigerators

The Tokyu Food Show below Shibuya Station is one of my favorite markets for fresh produce and fish. A real throwback, it is a raucous venue loaded with open stalls where vendors hawk everything from sembei rice crackers to salmon and sweet potatoes. The turnover is great and I never come home empty-handed.

Surely I have walked by this bank of lockers many times. On the outside they look like the rental storage bins available all over Japan. But this conventional exterior conceals an unconventional interior: they are actually mini- refrigerators. For a mere Y300 (coins returned upon retrieval of the contents), today's purchases can chill while you finish your errands. How cool is that?

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