Saturday, September 21, 2013

30 Things You Should Know and/or Will Love about Japan Series: # 3

These posts are written for Carrie, Pete, and Elvia for their imminent trip to Japan, but of course, anyone traveling to Japan or dreaming of traveling to Japan can enjoy.

# 3 Vending Machines

Vending Machines abound in Japan.  The most are filled with drinks, but there are many others - filled with food, cigarettes, souvenirs and many other "needed" items.  As you can see in this article, 24 Vending Machines You Won't Believe Exist, Japan takes credit for most of the vending machines.

It's great to be able to grab a coffee, water, juice or my favorite, Lemon Tea, whenever you're feeling a bit thirsty.  By the time you get here, most machines will be switched out to match consumers needs as the weather changes and have hot and cold options.  So, when you are out and about, and are thinking about using a machine, remember that blue means the drink is cold and red means it is hot (see picture below)

There are all sorts of fun (and sometimes weird) drinks to try.  Most of them have things like corn soup, so make sure you really study the picture on the can (as you will be almost completely illiterate here).

I even found some Pepsi for Carrie close to the house, although it's a super tiny can, so it may be more of a "Red Bull-type" Pepsi product.  It may be just what you need on your first jet lagged mornings.

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