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01 December 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.  
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.

I'm sure this is one of the most cliche, obvious things to say, but it's true-- The most interesting thing I've seen in a vending machine in Japan is used panties! This was the result of a random trip to far-west Tokyo almost 6 years ago.. (my original post: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/353286.html)

An interesting thing to note is that they are only \2000(~$20 USD). FOr a mere $20 you can have your own used panties! That's probably not much more than their original cost! It seems funny, until you realize that they are there because people will really buy them. ^^; To each their own! I would sell my used panties if I got about $200/pair.

*ahem* Other unusual things that I've found are full-sized umbrellas, ears of corn, collectible/tradeable action figures, candy-bars in a can, ramen/curry/udon/soup/etc-in-a-can (http://hinoai.livejournal.com/763412.html), rolled-up newspapers, button-up white shirts, ties, and pantyhose. It might be worth noting that Japan doesn't usually offer candy in vending machines, so it's kind of unusual to see it here. When it is, it's often in a can. Though it does exist. *^^*

The Japan 30-day Meme ♡〜(ゝ。∂)

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighborhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favorite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favorite stores/shopping centers.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment. (Where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here) Describe a gaijin!smash moment .(Where your foreignness was to your benefit)
Day 13 - Favorite live event that you attended
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favorite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favorite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favorite and least favorite Japanese fashion trends
Day 22 - Your favorite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb)..
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favorite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.

Day 26 - What's your favorite/least favorite train line.
Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?

In other news, it's almost Christmas!! I really love Christmastime! I've had my Christmas tree put up for weeks now. There is such a feeling of family and love and caring to this season. "The season of giving." At least in America. I don't feel the same atmosphere here, really, but I'm going to do my best to carry on the tradition with my little family of sorts. =^^= It's gotta be "mae-muki" (optimistic) from here on out! Not that I am feeling that that way, but more that I want to make myself feel that way. I will do it! *osu*!!
亜莉尊: Aeris/Tifaserria on December 1st, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard those used panties vending machines are illegal in Japan now?? Because it was underage girls selling their underwear, and of course it's only the perverts who buy them. XD I don't know, it's weird! I was somewhat disappointed to not have seen one while I was in Japan, though!
cassie, sometimes emiri, sometimes bryonyperfectdays on December 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I have been living here a whole year now and I don't know whether to be disappointed or not that I've only ever seen the normal drink vending machines! I guess I do live out in the boonies :(.
ルリdemonruri on December 1st, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
You know I been looking hard for the used panties vending machines and havent seen any of them throughout the country. Maybe they finally got rid of them?
cafsurfinecafsurfine on December 5th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
My buddy who lived in japan for 3 years said he found them in the adult section of the video rental store but the machine he found was sold out
Kyo-chan: Spiral - Kousuke live and laughkyofujimiya on December 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Y'know, life for the average businesswoman here in the States would be that much more awesome if we could walk up to a vending machine and buy replacement pantyhose. :D I wish we had even a fraction of the interesting machines you guys do over there!
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on December 1st, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
They sell candy in vending machines in train stations :);; *burp*

(and ice cream... and sometimes even french fries and chicken haha)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 2nd, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
My train station doesn't have candy that I know of. ToT And oh yeah, I forgot about ice cream!!!!! YUM! They have that across the street from my station! Yum!

I haven't seen the french fries or chicken! Um.... that just seems gross XD old fried chicken yuuuuuuumy ^^;;
floatin_windfloatin_wind on December 1st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
I had heard that in Japan Christmas is more of a "couples" day rather than a family day like here in North America. Have you found that's the case over there? It's an amusing idea to me I have to admit.
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on December 1st, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Christmas is a couples holiday here. Actually, it's not even a holiday since everyone still has to work. Since New Years is the big family holiday there's no point in them having the same thing for Christmas so it's just kinda turned into a day for couples.
shinegrlleastlikely on December 1st, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
i've traveled to tokyo several times for work. i'm always just "wha?!?!?!" at those machines.
patty1943patty1943 on December 1st, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Now that is really funny!
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on December 2nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Used panties? That's disgusting!
Candy in a can though? That's weird.
shingo_the_pestshingo_the_pest on December 2nd, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
That would be sooo illegal in the US, lol.
ShadowNiteWolfshadownitewolf on December 3rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
lawls That's so random but why not? Japan has so many other random vending machines. haha

Yay! Christmas time! Excitement! <3