Tuesday, March 8, 2011
If there’s one thing that you can see everywhere in Japan, it’s the Japanese vending machine. According to the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association there is one vending machine per an estimated 23 people in Japan - one of the world’s highest vending machine densities. Machines can be found all over cities, towns and even in the countryside. Almost none of them are vandalized or broken.
A majority of machines sell non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks, juice, vitamin or energy drinks, tea and coffee for a reasonable - and they usually offer choices of both hot and cold beverages and canned soups.
Vending machines that sell alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are also common. Many more varieties of vending machines sell goods such as ice cream, rice, disposable cameras, instant noodles and even omikuji, the small fortune telling slips of paper sold at shrines and temples.
Check out some of these vending machines around Japan: