One of the 967 things I love about Japan are the "Road Stations" set up for travelers to stop and take a break. They always have a market of local produce/products.
Usually those products, whether they're foraged food from the forest, fresh garden veggies, potholders crocheted by a grandma, pickles or baked goods, will have a photograph of the grower/maker/forager alongside the product.
It's a wonderful way for small producers to market their goods and get recognition for their work, and a way to promote hyperlocal products in what may be an otherwise slow rural economy.
I was thrilled to find this about ten days ago in a Road Station in a small town in Akita prefecture, in the far north of Honshu: big blocks of spawned substrate ready to take home. I though of you all!
500yen is about 4.50USD