Vending Machines

In Japan it seems you can buy almost anything from a vending machine. Here are some of the more unusual ones I've come across on my travels.

(Note to people arriving from search engines: I have never come across a "used panty vending machine", and the word on the street is that if they weren't just an urban legend, they were a passing fad of the late 80s / early 90s which now live on only in the voyeuristic ambitions of foreign media. The closest I can offer you is this new panty vending machine with what appears to be male and female "erotic" underwear.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009   7:01 PM

A load of bull?

First time I've seen this in a vending machine in Japan:

Red Bull in a vending machine in Japan

I wonder if they will offer a warm version for the cooler months?

Friday, December 14, 2007   4:34 PM

Lovely Can'o'Tea

In Japan you're never far from a nice cuppa. Just head over to the nearest vending machine and grab a can of Royal Milk Tea for 120 yen. It comes pre-heated and contains 23% milk.

Royal Milk Tea

On second thoughts, don't. It tastes like - and in fact is - milky tea which has been kept warm in a can for a long time.


Friday, December 7, 2007   6:44 PM

Sake Vending Machine

Sake Vending Machine

Purveying small cans / cups of sake from 櫻正宗 (Sakura Masamune). Seen in Asakusa, Tokyo, in June 2005.

Thursday, December 6, 2007   6:40 PM

Milk Vending Machine

Milk Vending Machine

Seen in Kawagoe (川越), northwest of Tokyo, in 2004.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007   7:29 PM

Condom Vending Machine

Located discretely outside this liquor store on the main street of a medium-sized village in Niigata Prefecture: the Condom Vending Machine.

Condom Vending Machine

Wednesday, November 28, 2007   6:59 PM

Tissue Vending Machine

Tissue Vending Machine at Harajuku Station

At Harajuku Station in Tokyo (2002).

Thursday, November 22, 2007   6:30 PM


Omikuji Vending Machine in Kokura

An omikuji vending machine in Kokura.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007   6:08 PM

Rice Vending Machine

Rice Vending Machine

A rice vending machine somewhere in northwestern Kyushu (2002).