Monday, 17 October 2011

Vending Vegetables at Night

The other Friday when out drinking in Shibuya we met this entrepreneur. Her name is Kazuko and she sells vegetables. Only not in the normal fashion of setting up a shop or a stand on a town square. Instead she wanders the streets of Shibuya late at night offering radishes and carrots to drunk patrons. By 23:00 she sold her last bunch and called it a night. We asked about this for us new business idea, and were informed it has been done for long in Japan. However, when told to Japanese friends and colleagues this story has only been met by surprised faces so far. If you have any similar experiences or know the background of this business feel free to share them in the comments.

The establishment in the background is Cona, a standing bar with amazing stone-oven baked pizzas for 500 yen and bottles of wine for as cheap as 1,900 yen. A great start on any night out.

1 comment:

  1. It's true, it has been here for a long time and probably young generation have never heard or seen it now that there are less venders like that.
    I used to see more of them but a lot older ladies like in 70's or 80's.
    They take first train to the city and carry a huge basket full of vegetables just like Kazuko in their back and it seemed so heavy that it could crash them.

    One of the reasons we now hardly see them is because everything became so convenient that you can buy anything at supermarket. The other reason is there is not much people who want to take over this traditional style.

    So it's great to see that somebody still carries this tradition and hope that it'll be passed on to next generation.