There are a lot of things to love about Japan, but top on my list is vending machines. Cheap(ish), diverse, and always in stock, these electronic havens have saved me more times than I would like to admit.
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But really, content aside, the main reason I love Japanese vending machines is because they seem to be on every corner.
Why I like Japanese Vending Machines:
Well, to start it off, Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita – with around 1 machine for every 23 people. That means for the 127 million people that live in Japan, they share exactly 5557272 vending machines. As a country with limited space, busy workdays, and people always “on the go,” it makes perfect sense.
Which means it’s pretty common to see a vending machine on every street corner, even out in the middle of nowhere.
Why I really like the availability of Japanese vending machines:
I don’t have to plan ahead. I don’t have to ration my water. If I’m thirsty, I can just cough up 100yen, walk a couple paces, and pick up a nice, cold bottle of ice tea.
It’s really that simple.
Getting a drink in America is a much more time intensive process. It typically involves driving – and if not, all you get to choose from is some sugary drinks.
No, in Japan you can choose from canned coffee, tea, sugary drinks, and sometimes even beer.
Simply put, I like the freedom of choice associated with Japanese vending machines. And I like not having to worry about getting parched while out with friends.
It’s such a small thing, really, but (oddly enough) it’s one of my favorite things about Japan.
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