Vending Machines in Japan
April 18, 2008, 4:57 pm
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According to the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association, Japan has one of the highest vending machine densities. Apparently there are about 5.6 million vending machines in Japan, making it the country with the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people. Vending machines can be found all over the country, and the range of variety of the machines is mind-blowing.

Since Japan is a pretty small country full of people on the run, it’s really convenient to use machines to make sure that people can buy what they need whenever they want, without having to go inside a store. Also, Japanese people have one of the most private lives in the world. How the society views them, and what they will look like in other people’s eyes is very important. So buying items from machines instead of people allow them to avoid being embarassed or worried about whether the store clerk will judge them for buying certain items.

Here are a few of the really unique types of vending machines that you won’t see in other countries.

Egg vending machine

Egg Vending Machine

The eggs are separated into different amounts and types, and if you put the money in, the door to the compartment that holds the eggs you want will open. The eggs are brought in every morning, fresh from the poultry farm.

Umbrella vending machine

Umbrella Vending Machine

You can see these machines mostly in subway stations or near bus stops. No need to run around getting soaked while you look around for a store.

Hot Ramen/Udon Noodles vending machine

Ramen/Udon Vending Machine

Insert your money, wait about 3 minutes, and you get freshly cooked, hot Udon noodles or Ramen noodles for lunch.

Rhinoceros Beetle vending machine

Rhinoceros Beetle Vending Machine

For some weird reason, Japanese people love Rhinoceros Beetles. It is very common for a boy to have a beetle as a pet. They usually put them in little boxes and carry them around in their pockets. Used almost like a Pokemon, boys will whip out their beetles and make them fight each other. This vending machine sells Rhinoceros Beetles – Males for 300 yen, and females for 100 yen.

Beer vending machine

Beer Vending Machine

Yes. They actually sell BEER in vending machines. Do they have problems with minors buying beer? Of course. But it’s Japan. Everything is up to the honor system.

Cigarette vending machine

Cigarette Vending Machines

Same thing as beer machines. I heard that some of them have a system where you have to insert your driver’s license first, though. But still, teenagers will be teenagers, and they will find ways to smoke anyways. And smoking when you’re young is pretty common in Japan. Actually smoking is common. period. Even in fast food restaurants, they will offer you an ashtray with your meal.

All right. Now here comes the crazy part.

Porn vending machine

Porn Vending Machine

Don’t be distracted by the Coke machine in front. That’s only there for the people who get too thirsty from drooling at the porn. These porn vending machines are pretty common, and usually during the daytime they are covered in curtains or a hut like this one. (To protect the privacy of the porn-buyer.) They sell both porn magazines and DVDs.

The machines inside look like this.

Porn Vending Machine (inside)

Porn Magazine Vending Machine

The next one is the sickest thing I’ve ever heard of.
It goes with the whole, ‘Japanese people endorse sex with minors’ thing.

“Used” Schoolgirl Panties vending machine

Used Schoolgirl Panties Vending Machine
They range from 1000 yen to 3000 yen, which is about 10 U.S. dollars to 30 dollars. I don’t know where they get ‘used’ panties from, and I don’t even want to know. And I really don’t want to know what the difference between a 1000 yen panty and a 3000 yen panty is.
All I know is that it’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of.
I can’t belive their government allows this kind of thing.


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