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Vending machines in Japan

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Vending machines

Japan has the most amount of vending machines per person in the world. Because of the population of people and there is a very limited, space vending machines are very popular things in Japan. A lot of people on foot and bike use them. Since there is very little crime in Japan it is not that often you will find a vending machine vandalized leaving it out of order, which makes them a great way of selling things to people that are on the move.

You find vending machines everywhere in Tokyo. It seems every small side street, car park and train station will have at least one. Normally it will be a row of them, selling different sorts of drinks.

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The most common vending machine we have come across while out in Tokyo was the drink ones where you normally find fizzy drinks, like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. You will also find a lot of machines that just sell energy drinks too, and then you have the machines that sell warm drinks. Sometimes there will be a machine for each sort of product and in some of them you can find all of the above products in the same machine. The cold drinks are normally marked with a blue colour around the selection button, and the hot drinks would have a red colour around them. Depending on what time of the year is it, the hot drinks might be available more or less.

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You can also find vending machines that sell hot food, like burger and fries and other fast food styl . Even though I looked for the machines I haven’t been able to find one in Tokyo as of yet. Other machines sell hot pasta noodles, which I’ve seen at a hotel we stayed in. A perfect late snack. And then, of course, there are machines that sell different candies.

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Other machines that are a bit different can be ones that sell bananas, books and umbrellas, which all can come in handy of course. Machines that sell alcohol have a smart card reader on them that you have to swipe a card to prove your age.

A lot of smaller restaurants use vending machines to sell their food. Normally the machine will just be outside the entrance of the restaurant. On the machine you will find pictures of the different dishes available to buy. You put your money in, choose the dish you want, and then it prints out a ticket that you take in to the restaurant and hand over to the staff to get your food.

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You can also use your Suica transport prepaid card to buy stuff. The machines will detect the amount due from your card for you, which comes in handy if you don’t have any other money on you at the time.

Some vending machines even have cameras in them that try to detect what sort of mood you are in and decide what sort of drink would suit that mood.

Do you have any experiences with vending machines in Japan?

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Mini beverages from Tomomasu

Mini beverages from Japan

whysojapan mini drinkDuring our latest trip to Tokyo we went to the island of Odaiba, where we visited a shopping mall called Decks. On the second floor there are lots of small shops that sell candy, some sell American candy, some sell Japanese candy. In one one of them they also sell all kinds of different carbonated drinks. This time I bought four drinks there to bring home with me to try. Three of them being the mini’s.

The drinks are called Mini Cola, Mini Orange and Mini Melon. The reason why they are called mini is because the size of the bottle. They’re really tiny! You get one big swig out of the bottle and its gone, but they’re  very cute. I think I would need maybe 4-5 to quench my thirst, but its a very unique thing to see. It’s something that I’ve never seen in the world before, so I had to buy them. I always find it fun to try different cola flavoured drinks from around the world so this was a must!

The drinks had a nice taste. It seemed that the cola one did taste a bit like an ice lolly that Ive eaten before. The other two where just as nice to try, but I think I liked the cola most out of the three.

The drinks are made by Tomomasu (http://www.tomomasu.co.jp) and they have been around for over 100 years now. They also make many other drinks that can be seen on their homepage. They are also known for making beer for kids, hopefully without any alcohol in it.

The bottles now sit empty on a shelf in the kitchen. The bottles are too cute to just throw away, so I will keep them there.

Have you tried any fun drinks from Japan?

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