June and I spent Saturday afternoon at Yoyogi-Park selling home-made Rice Krispies Treats. Despite Japan being a country with rice everywhere, Kellog's does not sell Rice Krispies in Japan. In order to realize our dreams of starting a bakesale trend in Tokyo, June brought back two boxes of Rice Krispies from the states last month.
We whipped up the treats and individually wrapped them in about 30 minutes and head over to the park. We had no customers for about an hour. Hardcore tumbleweeds. But then a curious customer apprehensively approached our sorry sign in bad handwriting that said "Rice Krispies Treats® 100 yen" (June later added some awesome copy and drawings to the sign). He was a Japanese guy with about four teeth who asked us several questions including "What are these?", "Are they sweet?" and "Are you guys Japanese?"
After careful consideration, he took out his coin purse and handed a 100 yen over to us. As he bit into the treat, I couldn't tell if he was enjoying it or not, but his bites kept getting bigger and bigger. He thanked us and walked over to a bench about 50 feet away. I was happy to see that he had eaten the whole thing.
Our next customer was an American guy who made the transaction while he was on his cell phone. He handed us a 100 won (Korean coin) by mistake, which looked strikingly similar to a 100 yen coin. He stuck the treat in his shirt pocket and walked away.
We still have a box and a half of Rice Krispies left, so we will surely be out in the park again a few times this summer.
June with the "storefront."