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scott

Just thought it'd be good to have a thread for those occasional "what the...?!?" details.

 

I'll start: Egg Vending Machine!   (Actually, this is a pretty cool idea.)

 

Edit: It has a sign, too.

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KenS

Now I really have seen everything.  I knew Japan had a lot of vending machines, but eggs?

 

I guess the vending machines fill part of the role that we'd normally use a neighborhood store for, compensating for the smaller amount of space available for such stores in Japan (and the less-mobile culture, which probably creates a need for more points of sale; I think nothing of driving five miles to a store, but if your choices are walk, bicycle, bus or train there's value to something closer).

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cteno4

scott,

 

fab find! nice addition to my vending machine collection!

 

thanks

 

jeff

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KenS

A UFO Catcher game for live lobsters?  I almost died laughing.

 

Then I discovered we have them here in the states.  I guess the Japanese don't have a monopoly on odd vending machines.

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cteno4

question is does the claw (or should i say "THE CLAWWWWW......") drop the lobster into a pot of boiling water then you get a lobster dinner with drawn butter popping out the other side of the game?! i mean how many folks are going to be ready to walk home with a live lobster under their arm?!

 

actually THE CLAW and the aliens are my favorite part of toy story! i have a whole army of little squishy BK aliens...

 

cheers

 

jeff

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scott

It's good that I don't like lobster, since I find the whole dropping-them-into-boiling-water thing incredibly disturbing.

 

But there are definitely times when a beer-vending machine would come in handy.

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marknewton

Yes, it would be handy, but I don't think there's enough room in my kitchen to install one. Have to go in the lounge room I suppose - saves on walking. :cool:

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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rankodd

The beer vending machines I saw when I was over their sold everything from cans to 2 litre kegs.

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bill937ca

question is does the claw (or should i say "THE CLAWWWWW......") drop the lobster into a pot of boiling water then you get a lobster dinner with drawn butter popping out the other side of the game?! i mean how many folks are going to be ready to walk home with a live lobster under their arm?!

 

There must be people that do want live lobsters.  You can buy them at my supermarket and I've been there when they ask for them live.

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cteno4

There must be people that do want live lobsters.  You can buy them at my supermarket and I've been there when they ask for them live.

 

yeah, but on the street corner?!

 

jeff

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marknewton
The beer vending machines I saw when I was over their sold everything from cans to 2 litre kegs.

 

Drool. :grin  

 

What brand of beer did they sell?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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marknewton
yeah, but on the street corner?!

 

My thoughts exactly. It's bad enough struggling home laden down with bags of shopping, without having an angry crustacean trying to claw it's way to freedom to deal with, as well... :laugh:

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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Guest ___

I guess, I'm the only one not amused or excited over seeing these. Ever since I started to see soda machines here in Maryland that sell live bait, it's going to take a lot more than eggs in an automat to get me worked up.

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CaptOblivious

I guess, I'm the only one not amused or excited over seeing these. Ever since I started to see soda machines here in Maryland that sell live bait, it's going to take a lot more than eggs in an automat to get me worked up.

 

How about some line and a pole to go with that bait?

 

http://www.photomann.com/japan/machines/ (about 1/3 of the way down)

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scott

I guess, I'm the only one not amused or excited over seeing these. Ever since I started to see soda machines here in Maryland that sell live bait, it's going to take a lot more than eggs in an automat to get me worked up.

 

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rankodd

I, unfortunately, didn't get a photo of the Used Panty machine I saw in Akihabara when I was there. Would that be a... thing to add to a layout :P

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rankodd
The beer vending machines I saw when I was over their sold everything from cans to 2 litre kegs.

 

Drool. :grin  

 

What brand of beer did they sell?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

 

I *think* it was Sapporo, but it was quite a while ago. I didn't have any interest in modelling the place back then, so those kind of details slipped by me :(

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cteno4

the beer vending machines have all the popular brands, asahi, kirin, sapporo. i also think i remember having taken a picture of a whisky vending machine back in my 1984 trip, but those picts are all in a box in the basement somewhere unfortunately.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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spacecadet

the beer vending machines have all the popular brands, asahi, kirin, sapporo.

 

It can depend on the company that owns the vending machine... there are actually three or four different vending machine providers in Japan.  There may be some smaller ones too but those big 3 or 4 manage the vast majority of vending machines.  I don't remember them all now, but one or two of them are owned directly by liquor makers... I think one of them is actually Suntory.  (I think it even says this on their machines, if I remember right... but the other machines don't display their owner/administrator company names.)  The Suntory ones either only have Suntory products or at least heavily favor them (and their various partners, like Pepsi) - this is probably the whiskey machine you saw too.  I don't think I've seen a dedicated whiskey machine but I have seen Suntory machines that have both Suntory beer and Suntory whiskey in them.

 

If you walk around and note the design and content differences between different drink machines, you can pretty quickly identify what machines are owned by who.  (They're not all drink manufacturers, so some of them do have more of a mix, but you can still identify from the machine itself that the same company owns machine A and B in different locations.)

 

I honestly don't remember why I know this... I think my wife and I might have been looking into actually buying a Japanese vending machine for our store at one point.

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cteno4

ok for your more rural towns a rice polishing vending machine!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/u/30/GlY8FLIOkmU

 

also batteries

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/6/wxK72SB_0wk

 

healthy smoking!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/4/mylPwFd9C8k

 

lonely ones...

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/8/GgeK3n2RVnQ

 

eggs...

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/24/PdkVwHPWgIc

 

the claw games! never seen these directly on the street, usually just inside the entry ways or in game shops. perhaps its a legal thing as a gambling machine cant be on the street? they would be fun to model and light up!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/12/bXwl4tk1kVw

 

and of course dinner!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJapanChannelDcom#p/search/0/iMtLNNDTCqc

 

cheers,

 

jeff

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westfalen

Here's a couple of unusually decorated ones I saw last year in Ōhara and Matsuyama.

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cteno4

thats funny they made that one into a chameleon! usually they try and make them stand out to be found!

 

thanks

 

jeff

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scott

Interesting phone booth in Karuizawa:

 

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