Friday, July 16, 2010

Nihon no Kinyoubi (5)

Nihon no Kinyoubi (Japanese Friday) is a new feature here at Brizmus Blogs Books inspired by French Friday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Charlotte at the Book on the Hill. Charlotte features French bookish things, and I plan on featuring Japanese bookish things, though I won't limit myself if I find something non-bookish that I think will interest you guys.

And this week, I am definitely writing about something that has NOTHING to do with books. And that thing is VENDING machines. The Japanese are OBSESSED with them. Seriously, to the point of ridiculous obsessed. One of the weird things about their obsession, though, is that the majority of these vending machines only sell drinks. You can find vending machines in the most RANDOM of places here, but it is very rare to find one that sells things other than drinks. Seriously - in the middle of abandoned buildings, on the side of the road, in front of places that look like stores but are actually just for vending machines. . . I think you have to see the random places in which they put them to really understand.
ANd they all look something like this:

Which is why I was surprised to read this article.

It's about Japan's first banana vending machine in Tokyo. Seriously. . . it's a vending machine. That just sells BANANAS. And it looks super awesome and next time I go to Tokyo I am totally going to have to check it out. I wish I would have known it was there last time, as I would have definitely visited and bought a banana.

Apparently it's going over pretty well.
I don't know about you guys, but I think that's cooool! :-)


YA Book Queen said...

Really? Guess they never have to worry about being thirsty ;)

Banana vending machines...that's kinda cool, lol. And healthy :)

Josette said...

omg, it's so cute. A banana vending machine?? Haha! Guess they place an importance of eating fruits there.

Charlotte said...

Haha! Awesome!

Tales of Whimsy said...

no way?!
Who knew! The things you teach us ;)

Unknown said...

I loved all the vending machines in Japan! For a moment there I thought you said it was a Tokyo Banana vending machine. Have you tried Tokyo Banana? Yumm :-)

Simcha said...

I'm not sure if I would buy a banana from a vending machine. Other fruits maybe, but not a banana.
In Israel they will put anything in a vending machine; popcorn, hot dogs, books. Not stamps though. For some frustrating reason you can only buy stamps in a post office here. No idea why.

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