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Published on 06.28.2016
Japan is notorious for having many strange and interesting cultural differences, food, and things. But one of the strange things that many people probably overlook are Japanese vending machines. For one, they are all over Japan. It's almost impossible to walk a block without seeing one of these vending machines. Serving both hot and cold drinks depending on the season, vending machines in Japan are extremely convenient and some could argue life-saving. Many vending machines are capable of being turned into a free drink dispenser in times of crisis.
Vending machines serve an assortment of drinks, some of which are quite strange to anyone not accustomed to it. Can coffee is probably one of the most popular drink choices from vending machines, and for good reason. It is extremely delicious and there are a variety of different kinds.
While there are definitely strange drink options, one of the stranger things about vending machines are the non-drink items that can be found in them. The most notorious vending machine is the one claiming to sell used women's underwear or the alcohol vending machines. Now while these do exist, they are FAR less common than you think. The panty vending machines are typically found inside of adult or novelty shops.
On one of the corner streets of Akihabara we found this small room filled with some rather weird vending machines. There were toy bugs, candles, an emergency charger, as well as hot soup! The other rather strange thing about this place were all the weird Japanese stickers posted all over the place. Definitely a part of Akihabara worth checking out.