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great japanese inventions (1)

.....that may or may not have been invented in Japan.

The Vending Machine

The vending machine can be found on every street corner throughout the country. They sell everything from memories of the Edo period to wigs with anger management issues. But perhaps most surprisingly of all, you can buy chilled drinks in cans too.

For people walking down the street while shaving, vending machines with batteries are a lifesaver, for as you can imagine, arriving at work with only half a beard could well cause loss of face, even though you can still see half of it.

A vending machine selling batteries for people who shave while walking.

300 yen for two big ones, suitable for giant shavers.

Occasionally machines are painted bright colours to ensure that you'll feel compelled to put money into it should you pass it by of a morning or possibly at another time of day....

A very pink vending machine.

Many machines gather in small groups and sell booze together under an awning....

.....while others display breasts in an effort to gain attention, even though the machine isn't actually selling breasts....

Someone putting money into this machine hoping for breasts in return will be disappointed.

With so many vending machines around the country vying for business, the ones that can't cut it fall by the wayside....

....and are left to rot....

A knackered vending machine.

Competition is fierce and unrelenting, and as a result some companies use grammatically correcting English with excelent speling to get the attention of passers-by....

Some prices are postively crushed all the way down to almost nothing....

The vending machine. Open for business - always (apart from the ones selling alcohol, which shut down in the evening).
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On Sunday, 29 March, 2009, Anonymous billywest said:

Someone needs to put some vomit-bag vending machines in Shinjuku station.  

On Sunday, 29 March, 2009, Anonymous john turningpin said:

Whoa, never seen a 50-yen vending machine before. Out my way, they also have rice vending machines...  

On Sunday, 29 March, 2009, Anonymous ThePenguin said:

In the entrance to my apartment there is a blog comment vending machine.  

On Monday, 30 March, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Personally I don't trust vending machines. I mean, I've never seen one in the process of being stocked...ever. If you ever broke the glass casing and jumped in I bet you'd fall right on through to Narnia, or Birmingham. Probably be greeted by jockeys and pigeons, and even then still wouldn't find any used panties.


On Monday, 30 March, 2009, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

The battery vending machine looks like it has been around since the 60s. The batteries inside have probably been around that long too and have about a 20 minute life span.  

On Tuesday, 31 March, 2009, Blogger Rafa MJ said:

Oh, come on!!! Chilled drinks in cans!? You must be joking...  

On Wednesday, 01 April, 2009, Anonymous L said:

I saw a 50yen vending machine last year in the Shin Imamiya area and also recorded it for posterity. Most surprising kind I've ever seen (apart from the one that sells - or used to sell - live fishing tackle/maggots on the Caledonian Road, North London)

On Wednesday, 01 April, 2009, Blogger Mundilfari said:

The ones with alcohol shut down in the evening?... That's like having a thousand channels and nothing to watch  

On Wednesday, 01 April, 2009, Anonymous Hao said:

The breast vending machine is OBVIOUSLY a trap, I mean look at her face, she's horrible!!  

On Saturday, 04 April, 2009, Blogger sixmats said:

You guys got the shaft down there. Alcohol is sold at all hours in vending machines around Sendai.  

On Saturday, 04 April, 2009, Blogger Munin said:

I'd probably go as far as to buy a Terry Wogan plushie if it was sold in a vending machine with breasts printed on the sides... that is, if it wasn't for the recession. :(  

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