Sadahiro Inoue is a restauranteur in Kyoto with a unique policy: anyone is welcome to dine at his joint for free, provided they do 30 minutes of dishes afterward. It’s something he thought of after receiving a helping hand himself nearly 40 years ago, when he and his wife moved there and didn’t have that much money. When he finally got his career of the ground and opened up shop, he put up a handwritten sign that reads:
Those of you who cannot afford to pay for your meal: eat your fill here.
Dozens of students at two nearby universities come to his restaurant to earn their meal with a half hour of labor. I think it’s a neat idea &mdash it works out great for those who don’t have time for a regular job, and Inoue keeps in touch with many of his dishwashers, adopting them as family and keeping track of their progress during and after school.