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Book Vending Machine

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on January 1, 2011

You know how I love the Japanese vending machines? Well, here’s another one I don’t think I have mentioned properly on the blog before, it’s a soft back book vending machine! Found on the Ebisu station train platform (you can see the train going to Shinkiba station on the left of the picture). It has a variety of popular and best selling pocket books lined up, something suitable for everyone it seems, at prices around 550 yen. I wonder what kind of vending machine I should feature next?


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  1. barsta said, on January 1, 2011 at 3:32 am

    .books, great people still read!!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:32 am

      Great people read, or is it great that people still read? Either way, your comment is spot on! These last few years I have a feeling more people are reading on the trains, or maybe I am just getting more sensitive to books. Thanks for the comment Barsta!

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  2. Cozza said, on January 1, 2011 at 4:11 am

    That is awesome!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Thanks Cozza! It is indeed!

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  3. Julie Robertson said, on January 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Yay, great! I love seeing your vending machine posts. Please post more when you see them! I hope there is a makeup vending machine for those minor emergency situations we girls often face!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Contrary to popular belief, vending machines while still much more common here than in the west, aren’t all that common anymore! But I’ll do my best and keep sniffing out the interesting ones! (^-^)

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  4. amblerangel said, on January 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’ve NEVER seen this before!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:37 am

      Neither had I! (^-^)

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  5. Lili said, on January 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Japan is really vending machines’ s kingdom :)
    Drinks, meals, umbrellas, cigarettes, condoms, books and so on
    It’s so convenient especially for drinks when it’s hot!
    The machines are always clean and in good condition… the low rate of vandalism in Japan is perfect for that !!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:42 am

      I think I have seen all of the things you mention over here, and since you visited the cigarette vending machines have become even more sophisticated. They all now require cards! Before, any 12 year old with 200 yen to spare could get a packet of smokes but not any more. Which is great. Can’t stand smoking myself. Condoms, though… I have only ever seen one, and it was a beat up old mechanic thing hanging of the wall to an old gas station. Very strange. But how about batteries, have you seen one of those?

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  6. btlau said, on January 2, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I agree with Lili, it’s crazy how many vending machines and products the Japanese could put into vending machines

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

      Can’t wait to see what they’ll put in there next!

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  7. Timi said, on January 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Aa, if I will have a chance to go to Japan Iwant to make a list of all the vending machines I see:DI love them, how you can get nearly everything from them.
    By the way, the prices of the vms are higher than the regular price or similar?

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:52 am

      Actually, with a few exceptions, prices are exactly the same as in comparable stores (convenience stores), so you’re not getting ripped off if all you ever do is buy stuff at convenience stores. You can get slightly cheaper stuff at discount stores or by buying in bulk or no name brands. Books however, are difficult to find cheaper!

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  8. May said, on January 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Eeee! Book vending machine? Benri desune!!
    I’ve seen a vending machines selling iPod and other expensive products in here. Is there any like that in Japan?
    I prefer searching and comparing products in stores when it comes to those pricy things though.

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    • May said, on January 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Oh, and Happy New Year!! :)

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      • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:55 am

        Indeed, a Happy New Year to you too! (^o^)/

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 1:54 am

      I don’t think I’ve seen a vending machine selling iPods, but there is supposed to be one selling gold. Sounds cool, but a bit risky!

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  9. Lisa Eaton said, on January 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love this and it makes me miss Japan so much!

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    • tokyobling said, on January 5, 2011 at 2:01 am

      Thanks Lisa. I have said it before and I will say it again: emigrate! (^-^)

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  10. Yosafat Agus Suryono said, on February 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Nice post! I wonder if someday I can find this ‘robot’ near my house and contain our ‘Indonesian Traditional Foods’.

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    • tokyobling said, on February 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

      That would be nice – hey maybe even a business plan? (^-^)

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  11. Reading in trains and subways said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

    [...] Without having to set up a little store at the station, a good option is book vending machines. Surely these could be stocked with weekly magazines as well? (image via tokyobling) [...]

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