Just look at this banana vending machine! Fruit vending machines have been around for a long time in Japan, following in the illustrious footsteps of many other type of vending machines, and here is the famous banana vending machine of Shibuya. Japan truly is a nation of vending machines, although we seem to be way behind peak vending machine, as every year we see less and less of them around. At the island of Oshima for example, where quite a large part of the local villages were buried in ash and lava after a volcanic eruption you can still see the tops of old vending machines sticking out of fields of nothing here and there. So although we still get nice new vending machines every now and then it is nothing like the eighties. People who like fruit vending machines might also be interested in the cut flower machine in Shinjuku station or the apple vending machine in Suidobashi station here in Tokyo! The banana vending machine is easy to find, it is just at a corner of the lowest spot on the huge Tokyu Hands department store in Shibuya! Enjoy!
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?
I have seen some pretty far-out vending machines during my time in Japan but somehow I had never seen the most obviously useful kind of vending machine, selling umbrellas! Until I passed JR Omiya station that is. This wonderful little machine sells three kinds of umbrellas, vinyl, black and collapsible at 450 yen to 1000 yen. Finally I found one! It’s flanked by the much more common drinks and newspaper vending machines.