Like most country roads in agricultural regions, this one had a few unmanned food stands. They operate on the honor system - you put the money in a little coin container and take what you want - and most people do tend to be honorable (low prices probably help in avoiding temptation). In this case, the money container is a little red piggy bank shaped like an old-style cylindrical mailbox.

Japan is justly famous for its recycling policies. Most communities have separated their garbage into burnable and nonburnable for decades; in many rural areas, they even have a “food scraps” category for refuse that gets taken to the fields. Sometimes, however, form doesn’t really align with function. This beverage container recycling bin has separate holes for cans (left) and bottles (right)... but lift up the top and you’ll see they both go into the same single bin.

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