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Refrigerated Coin Lockers

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on February 16, 2013

On my mental list of “Why didn’t I think of that first?” this is one of the more obvious items: the refrigerated coin locker! You know all those coin lockers you see at train stations, department stores and community centers all around the world? Well, in Japan, a few of them are actually refrigerated for when you have bought stuff that needs to be kept cool but you still want to hang around a little longer before heading home with your perishables! Here’s a bank of cool coin lockers I found in the Mitsukoshi Department store in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

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  1. Hangaku Gozen said, on February 16, 2013 at 6:45 am

    What a great idea! Normally I have to do my grocery shopping at the very end of my day because I have to go home immediately afterwards to put away the perishable stuff, meat, fish, dairy, etc. With this, I could pick up groceries whenever it’s convenient and stash them in the locker while I run other errands or get lunch. I’m wondering however—is it expensive to use? I’d think so, since the power must be running all the time.

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    • tokyobling said, on February 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I don’t remember if it was free or if it cost 100 yen, I think it was free. Compared to something like the lights in the elevators this probably doesn’t cost that much in terms of electricity…! I heard at a seminar once that the lights of the elevator took more electric power over 24 hours than actual rides up and down!

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  2. badphotogeniccat said, on February 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Maybe, many Japanese do not know this facility. It is too luxurious facilities…and waste.

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  3. zoomingjapan said, on February 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, these are awesome!
    Great idea! ^__^

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  4. lovelycomplex22 said, on February 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    It’s the simple things in life 🙂

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  5. Cathryn said, on February 17, 2013 at 1:27 am

    That is a genius idea!! The Japanese are amazing!

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    • tokyobling said, on February 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Exactly! Maybe it wouldn’t make sense in other places, but at least here in Ginza it is a given!

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