vending machines

New “All Night Cat Watch” toy series created in Japan to keep late sleepers company

You’ll never be lonely burning the midnight oil with one of these exhausted kitties diligently working by your side!

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Japanese vending machines now stock Pikachu drinks!

Recharge your batteries with Pikachu juice, in three gorgeous designs.

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Japanese vending machines now dispense adorably weird cat and crow figurines!

It might sound like a strange coupling, but there’s actually a valid reason for this six-part collection!

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Japanese vending machines now dispense cute cup clinging cats!

Enjoy a litter of cats in your milk with these eight adorable designs!

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Turn your pets into cute police officers with a hat from a Japanese vending machine!

Give your pup the gift of authority with a hat from this adorable 5-piece collection.

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Japanese capsule toy vending machine area for women includes Sailor Moon items for a limited time

The “Brilliant Capsule” sales area in Shinjuku is filled with plenty of adorable and ladylike anime goods!

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Self-freezing bottled Coca-Cola now available at convenience store vending machines in Japan

Stored at temperatures below freezing, the drink magically turns to ice inside the bottle after opening.

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Godzilla and fellow kaiju monsters apologise at Japanese press conference for acts of destruction

And every formal Japanese-style apology comes with a heartfelt bow.

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Female Japanese tanuki racoon dogs get a chance to shine in new lineup of gacha capsule toys

Male raccoon dog statues are often displayed with their large, uh, family jewels outside Japanese eateries, but soon female tanuki will shine with a different set of large assets.

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Our reporters Mr. Sato and Yoshio go chasing their youths at a noodle vending machine 【Pictures】

Noodle soup for the soul…served by a machine!

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Cute hedgehog cup clingers from Japan join you for a drink in seven cute varieties

Drinking is a time for cute company in Japan.

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New Japanese gacha capsule vending machine toys bring you sheep’s clothing to dress your cats in

Cats can now cosplay as their lamb spirit animal with five cute new bonnet designs.

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New gachapon vending machine capsule toy range features miniature sweaters for water bottles

Move over water bottle panties, it’s time to dress up your drinks with a fashionable over-the-shoulder sweater that takes its styling cues from Beat Takeshi.

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Japanese vending machine trash cans come to life in cute Tokyo photo collection

Japanese vending machines always get lavished with attention but now it’s time for their trash cans to step into the spotlight.

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Japan gears up for foreign visitors with new interactive vending machine

Have you ever looked at a vending machine in Japan and had no idea what the strange, kanji-labelled drinks were? Now there’s a new interactive service that will explain everything for you!

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Old-school vending machine on Japan’s Sado Island sells bags of rare and local fruit

One of the many things we love about Japan is its impressive variety of vending machines. We’ve seen everything from orange juice that looks like soy sauce to cans of hot, clam-packed miso soup make its way to the hands of customers through the wonders of mechanised distribution.

Recently, we stumbled on a machine we’d never seen before, and one that’s unique even by Japanese standards. Meet the persimmon vending box that delights customers on Sado Island with a rare variety of fruit that’s only grown locally, away from mainland Japan.

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Japan has vending machines for just about anything, including emergency care

In the case of a cardiac arrest, every second counts, which is why over the past decade Japanese health organizations have deployed a large number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public areas, with the current count somewhere over 300,000 units.

Eventually the country would like to see that number expand to one in every building, but for the time being the first priority is AED accessibility, leaving some foreign tourists surprised to find that AEDs in places that might seem a little odd at first: like vending machines.

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Japanese drinks company attaches free “rental umbrellas” to its vending machines in Osaka

Japanese vending machines are a great example of the culture of convenience so prevalent in Japan. Whether you’re after orange juice that looks like soy sauce, or a hot, clam-packed miso soup to cure your hangover, if you want something fast, the nation’s vending machines will be there for you, come rain or shine.

Now one of the country’s largest drinks manufacturers, DyDo, is catering to customers who actually do find themselves caught out in the rain, with a free “rental umbrella” service attached to a number of their machines in Nishi Ward, Osaka.

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The ultimate hangover cure! Hot canned miso soup, packed with the power of 70 clams

One of the most wonderful things about a Japanese winter is the abundance of hot drinks that become available at convenience stores and vending machines on street corners. There’s nothing quite like popping a coin into a machine on a freezing cold night or while making your way to work, only to have a piping hot can delivered into your frozen palms; it’s an experience that’s almost as satisfying as actually drinking the hot beverage and warming yourself from the inside out!

Stumbling across a good hot soup other than corn potage when scouring the drinks display is always a rare bonus and now that’s something we can look forward to, especially after a night of drinking, with the new canned miso soup from Nagatanien. Filled with the power of ornithine, an amino acid abundant in clams, this is a traditional hangover remedy from Japan, now packed in a can!

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Now you can buy badass bandanas for your cat…from a vending machine

While Japan is known for its large number of vending machines, offering everything from ink stamps to gold cans of Coca-Cola, there’s a very special type of vending machine that can be stacked three high and in long rows of twenty or more: the gachapon machine.

Often forming a huge wall outside gaming stores, these plastic-windowed devices spit out mystery capsules with tiny collectibles inside at 100-600 yen (US$0.84-$5.02) a pop. The latest gachapon to appear on the market is aimed at the feline customer, and if kittens could master the art of coin handling, they’d all be down at the vending machines, getting in on the craze that all cool cats are into – cat bandanas.

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