Vending machines are for convenience. No salesperson, little space and prompt shopping. When we think of vending machines, an image of icy coca tin or crunchy chips bag pops in our mind and waters our mouths.
Not in Japan. Japanese does weird things, we know. They are tech-lovers, we know. And we have shared a lot of fun facts about how their use of technology sometimes become too strange. But, believe us, we were not ready for this.
Here are some unusual things sold in Japanese vending machines that prove we are far behind them in using technology every way possible.
1 Yes they exist...Used Panties Vending Machines
A panties vending machine was enough to surprise us but they go to the extent of selling "used" ones. If you have a fetish for used panties, Japan is the place for you to be.
2 Horned Beetles
Toys vending machines are normal. What's not normal is a pet vending machines. And even more weird is the choice of pet. Japanese kids love to have a horned beetle as a pet, so it's usual to spot a beetle vending machine in Japanese superstore.
3 Pet dogs
Not just little beetles. Japanese sell pet dogs in vending machines, too. There's a wide variety of breeds available in these machines. But you need to get some documentation before finally having them as a pet.
4 Alive Lobsters
Live lobsters is among the main seafood consumed by the Japanese. You can find them in abundant amounts in vending machines that operate 24/7.
5 Machines for WHAT?!?!
Japan is one of the biggest grossing markets for Apple. This vending machine is one for all the Apple fans. It can deliver iPods of different colors and storage capacities.
6 Poop toys
One of the most bizarre things you'll find in Japanese vending machines is a poop shaped toy. Inexplainable vending machines like these surprise a lot of tourists. And here comes another weird fact: Poop is considered a sign of good luck in Japan.
Have you ever bought milk from a vending machine? Certainly not. These machines are famous in Japan and people utilize them in daily routines.
8 Mystery boxes
Try one of these mystery box vending machines if you ever visit Japan. You'll pay for a box without knowing what's inside. These boxes have stories written on them which can be read from the outside. They're mostly filled with different kinds of snacks.
Eggs can be purchased around the clock in Japan. They are available in vending machines in all the major cities.
10 Phone numbers of women
If you're awkward with women and can't seem to walk up to one and ask for her number, Japanese vending machine have the fix for you. You can purchase phone numbers of random girls and talk to them.
Are you a Salad lover? Good news for you. This $90,000 vending machine called "The Chef's Farm" can grow 60 heads of lettuce a day using fluorescent light bulbs. It is very common in Japan nowadays. So freshly grown lettuces all from a vending machine to your plate.
12 Flying Fish Soup
Japanese people love seafood. That's the main reason you'll find a lot of seafood in vending machines all across the country. This flying fish soup is all prepared and ready to be consumed on the go.
13 Mini Cars
The list is full of surprises. Japanese automotive technology is popular around the world. So they thought of launching a smart car vending machine there. You can't really purchase a cat from these machines. These are for marketing purpose, you can choose your car model and colour and get brochures on smart car technology. Even then, it's cool.
14 Flower Gifts
Flower arrangements for different kinds of occasions can be bought from this vending machine. You can find all types of flowers arranged in a variety of setups.
15 Fishing Bait
Going on a fishing trip? This machine has got your back. You can get fish bait of different kinds from it. The prices vary depending upon the quantity.
Japan is famous for its electronic devices. They manufacture everything from latest gadgets to household electronics. Many people need batteries to run their pocket gadgets on the go. This machine serves that specific part of the population really well.
17 Eyesight Glasses
Lost your spectacles at the bar? No problem. This vending machine has got you covered. You'll find eyesight glasses fitting your vision prescription here.
18 Green tea
Japanese people have long life spans. Drinking green tea on a regular basis is one of the main reasons for that. This machine has unlimited supply of green tea to serve the public.
19 Mineral Ice
You'll discover vending machines in Japan filled with all kinds of useful things. Small ice cubes are one of them.
The weather can get unpredictable in Japan. This vending machines can come to your rescue if you encounter an unexpected rainfall.