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Posted May 24th, 2007 - 7:47 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Vending Machines of Japan.


If you want to buy flowers, ice cream, or toilet paper, you would think of going to the florist or supermarket, wouldn't you? But in Japan, you buy these items from vending machines, or as the Japanese call them: jido-hanbaiki. You can find vending machines and walls of vending machines throughout the nation in both the cities and the countryside.

Most likely you will find one that dispenses beverages, but maybe there is one that sells some of the following unexpected items: batteries, toiletries, meals, videos, magazines, condoms, cds and even beef! Why go to the grocery store, drugstore, noodle shop, coffee shop, or newsstand? Just go to a machine and throw in a bill or two. You can even get your blood pressure checked.

What will they think of next? (2). Well, they already have thought of something…The Japanese are now thinking of ways for customers to buy vending items with their cell phones through an internet connection. So, you just pay for your chilled green tea in a can, cds or whatever else when you get your cell phone bill each month (3).

some links:

http://www.photomann.com/japan/machines/
http://www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/japan/2minute/vendingmachines.htm

Tell me your most crasy machines found in Japan...

Me. This one...

http://www.engadget.com/2005/09/27/the-live-lobster-vending-machine-in-japan-of-course/

Posted October 9th, 2008 - 11:50 am by from Leipzig, Germany (Permalink)
Unfortunatly haven't found the rumored used-panty-vending-mashine. Mind you, everybody asked for that after I came back!
My most "crazy" (and not at all lobster-level) was a battery-mashine, which look like it had been used 20 years ago for the last time... (^_^)