Touch Screen Vending Machine
As noted in a few online foreign media there’s a new contender in town when it comes to the title King of the Vending Machines! Huge, grey and black, touch screen paneled machines have been cropping up here and there in and around Tokyo and the Kanto area, maybe even farther. They first appeared right after the March 11 earthquake and naturally they were all installed turned off, in order to save energy. Recently more and more of them are being turned on and while I still haven’t tried one myself, here’s two examples caught in the wild, the first one being at Tokyo’s Hachioji Station and the other one being in Kanagawa prefecture’s Odawara station. It’s is, as you can see, not advisable to shoot an LCD display with a polarizing filter on your camera and I still haven’t figured out a good way to shoot these screens with any kind of camera. I guess I will have to learn, unless some kind photographer reading this takes pity on me and gives me a helping hand with some advice (other than just stopping down like crazy). Next time you’re in Japan, give these machines a spin!