Vending machinesWe’re probably going to disappoint a few readers here by saying that for all the urban myths that exist, panty vending machines cannot, in fact, be found on every other street corner in Japan. But if you’re looking for something to quench your thirst – whether hot or cold – you rarely have to go more than a few hundred metres in any direction in the city.
Canned (black, white, extra milk, iced, low sugar, no sugar, extra sugar, fat-reducing) coffee, tea, green tea, barley tea, sports drinks, hot chocolate, soda, beer, fruit juice, raspberry jelly, even bread and stew; if it can be packed into a can you can find it in a Japanese vending machine somewhere, and it’ll usually cost you no more than 120 yen (US$1.20) for a big can of the stuff. Many vending machines in Japan even give customers additional incentives to use them, with LCD panels displaying a row of numbers after each purchase–get three sevens in a row and you win a free drink of your choice! And newer machines are completely touch-screen operated, with their contents displayed as animated images–perfect for the iPhone generation.
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