Saturday, May 15, 2010

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Harimaya Honten is a long-established Japanese snack producer who operates these free cafes named Harimaya Station. These free cafe are an evolution of the company’s mail order business, which strengthen the brand by offering their traditional Japanese rice crackers (okaki and senbei) to to a wide range of people. Anyone can walk-in choose a plate with different kinds of crackers and grab a coffee, tea, or juice for exactly 0.00円. The cafe does have posted guidelines as to how much each customer is asked to consume, however some patrons don't choose to follow them. longside the free products, Harimaya Stations provide information about environmental issues. Presumably the cafes also serve as an outlet for the companies environmental stance which offers a long-term vision for Japan. True to this stance, most of the plastics and cups in the store are reusable and separation of materials for recycling is carefully marked and supported by the staff. The crackers are truly tasty, I guess you can get something for nothing.

Daido Seimei Kobe Bldg. 1F
1-2-7 Sakaemachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Tel: 078-392-1030

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