vending machines

The mystery of the phantom “sake pass card” at Japanese alcohol vending machines

Remnants of a bygone era reveal the quirks of a previous payment system.

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Coca-Cola’s hot canned shrimp bisque: The newest reason Japanese vending machines are awesome

Just when we thought Japanese vending machines couldn’t get any more awesome, we’re happy to be proven wrong.

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Can you put Japan’s hot bottled tea/coffee in the microwave? Only if you see this special notice

Almost all drink makers caution against it, but one says it’s safe as long as you follow some special rules.

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This is Akihabara’s best hidden food vending machine: The Mansei meat sandwich machine!

Must-eat meat on the street in Japan’s video game and anime capital.

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Japan’s first beef bowl vending machine goes into service in Tokyo

Yoshinoya’s rival introduces new innovation to the gyudon industry.

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Why do Japanese recycle bins have two openings but dump everything into the same compartment?

One says cans, one says bottles, but they end up in the same place.

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Grilled & chilled sweet potatoes from vending machines a hit in southern Japan

The newest natural summer snack sensation is also helping people with disabilities earn livings.

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Japanese drink vending machine capsule toys: A must-have for recreating Japan in miniature

Scale-size recreations of Japan’s ever-present drink machines dispense their own tiny model cans.

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Enjoy a refreshing bottle of just-kidding “soy sauce” from Japanese vending machines this summer

Wait, what?

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Fanta Socata!? Now available exclusively from Japanese vending machines

New Japanese Fanta features a unique flavour from abroad.

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Japanese capsule toy vending machines now selling working capsule toy vending machines

That’s right, you can now own your very own gacha gacha gacha gacha.

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Love letters from little sisters on sale from Japanese gacha vending machine【Photos】

Handwritten letters contain messages of bittersweet passion and homicidal jealousy.

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The most vandalised vending machines in Japan? We check out a grungy duo at America Village

This pair turns heads on the street, but do they even work?

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We caved in to curiosity and bought a mystery box from a strange vending machine in Akihabara

Each box comes with a random tale attached to it.

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Popular coffee brand and Mobile Suit Gundam team up to make limited edition Gundam can designs

Collect all 25 cans featuring mechas from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series!

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The Vending Train: World’s only vending machine made from a retired Japanese train【Video】

Complete with hilariously modified rail announcements.

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Eating a bag of Rhino Beetles from Kumamoto’s bug-food vending machine【Taste test】

Our intrepid reporter completely loses his cool biting into the sizable bugs.

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Spooky Japanese vending machine dispenses udon noodles with nobody around 【Video】

All signs point to a hungry spirit desperate for a bowl of hot noodles.

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There’s a cool surprise waiting on the platform of Nakano Station, Tokyo’s other otaku paradise

Got some leftover change after a day of pop culture treasure-hunting? Then this JR station has a vending machine you’ll want to check out.

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