11 RARE Vending Machines to Make You Laugh + 2 Special to Japan
As you all know, Japan has the most vending machines in the world. The reason for this is that Japan’s safer than other countries, it’s small so space has to be used effectively, and they can be used for emergency drinking water in disasters.
Here I’ll be talking about several interesting vending machines that even we Japanese don’t really understand. I’m a little worried what you guys are gonna think lol
1. Yakiniku Tare Sauce
You may be thinking, “Is this really necessary?” but…
2. Latte art from Yojiya
Here’s an article on Yojiya: Selected 9 + 3, Japan’s Beauty Products: Introducing some things you may have never seen before!
6. Daily Goods
9. Rhinoceros Beetles
11. Dashi Stock with Kombu
Japanese are over convenience stores…
Now, without further ado, I’ll tell you about the vending sales system and vending items special to Japan!
12. Office Okan
As you can tell from the word “karoshi” (death by overwork), Japanese work a lot. So I’m sure you know about how we make the best use of our time, even with sleeping on the trains. While at work, if you go outside, there’ll be a convenience store close by but they’re bothersome and we try to avoid them.
Now there’s an increasing number of companies placing vending machines with dishes meant to replicate mom’s home-cooking (“okan”). They’re all 100 yen so they’re cheaper than convenience stores and we think they taste great because we’re so over convenience store food. In fact, here paying is optional and you can eat even if you don’t. Being built so heavily on trust is also probably a very Japanese thing.
13. Office Glico
Well, what’d you think? Personally, I was surprised by the rhinoceros beetles lol
This marketing system comes from the countryside and has been used for a long time: Unattended stand; no cameras nor security guards