There’s A Vending Machine For That

By Donnie | Articles

This is a short little post to show you a vending machine that I saw on my way to Ueno Zoo. I want to say this machine was at Ueno Station, but I can’t remember for sure. Though definitely not the weirdest type of vending machine Japan has to offer*, it’s a kind I’ve never seen before. This is a vending machine that sells books! Pretty darn neat if you ask me. I just wonder what all Japanese people sell in vending machines. I’m anxiously awaiting the day when I can buy candy from a vending machine. Wouldn’t it be so cool to walk up to a machine…with buttons…where you could just press it and VOILA, out pops the candy bar of your choice? Hmm? It’s already been done? Crap, there goes my million dollar idea 🙁

*I’d say the weirdest vending machines are the ones that sell used panties. People thought they didn’t exist…but they do. From what I understand they can be found inside Japanese adult-themed stores. I haven’t seen one in person, but that’s what I’ve heard.

The book vending mahcine.

Here it is. A look inside of a book vending machine.

A closer look at the book vending machine.

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  • Yes, a vending machine for just about anything can be found in Japan, if you just look hard enough. Thanks for the great post!

    • Donald Ash

      THank you!

  • Anthony

    I want one of these in my city. Don”t have to worry about late fees at the library lol

  • Joshua Shibata

    Supposdilly those used panties ones have been outlawed but there is supposed to be a few around that are NOT in adult stores, but yea rare to find…and very disturbing lol

  • -plastered to the screen-

    I totally want a book from a vending machine for christmas. That is so awesome. My day has been made!! Why can’t we have these in the US? Maybe I’m just a bibliophile but this is like the coolest thing ever! Now just need one for my ninja supplies and coffee and I’m all set for a quiet evening at home.

  • kurt

    I miss the beer vending machines. Drop in about a kilo of coins and *KABOOM* a 500ml Kirin drops in the slot. Imagine that in the US.

  • Bruce Jet

    If your manager can’t find a vending machine with what you need in Japan, he isn’t looking hard enough.

Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of thejapanguy.com blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.

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