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14 January 2011 @ 08:03 pm
Mainichi (no you na) Vending Machine! BEGINS!  

(full-resolution photo here)

Last night, I read this in the news.

I don't know why, but it seemed like a really cool idea... So I decided to try it too! (In addition to my regular blog stuff of course ^^)

List of what is in the machine today.

Row 1 (L to R):
生茶, Green tea. ¥150 (cold)
生茶, Green tea. ¥150 (cold)
午後の紅茶, Straight (sweetened) black tea. ¥150 (cold)
午後の紅茶, Lemon tea. ¥150 (cold)
午後の紅茶, Milk tea. ¥150 (cold)
KIRIN LOVES SPORTS, Electrolyte sports drink. ¥130 (cold)
KIRIN LOVES SPORTS, Electrolyte sports drink. ¥130 (cold)
Volvic, water. ¥120 (cold)
Volvic, water. ¥120 (cold)
Kirin Lemon, lemon-flavored vitamin drink/soda. ¥120 (cold)
KIRIN COLA. ¥120 (cold)
Argidine+Vitamin, vitamin-infused soda(never had it so I don't know for sure what it's like. Should I try it?). ¥120 (cold)

Row 2:
生茶, Green tea, small size. ¥120 (cold)
Tropicana 1日分のくだもの, fruit juice. ¥120 (cold)
FIRE, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, regular variety. ¥120 (cold)
FIRE GOLD, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, roasted variety. ¥120 (cold)
FIRE BLACK, canned coffee, black. ¥120 (cold)
午後の紅茶 ESPRESSO TEA, Milk tea with a shot of espresso. ¥120 (cold)
ミルクとコーヒー, canned coffee with milk/sugar. ¥120 (hot)
ミルクとコーヒー, canned coffee with milk/sugar. ¥120 (hot)
ミルクとココア, canned cocoa. ¥120 (hot)
ミルクとココア, canned cocoa. ¥120 (hot)
生茶, Green tea, small size. ¥120 (hot)
生茶, Green tea, small size. ¥120 (hot)
午後の紅茶, Milk tea. ¥150 (hot)
午後の紅茶, Milk tea. ¥150 (hot)

Row 3:
FIRE, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, regular variety. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, regular variety. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE GOLD, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, roasted variety. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE GOLD, canned coffee w/milk/sugar, roasted variety. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE BLACK, canned coffee, black. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE BLACK, canned coffee, black. ¥120 (hot)
FIRE 直火豆1.5倍珈琲, sweetened canned coffee with 1.5times more beans (XD). ¥120 (hot)
FIRE 直火豆1.5倍珈琲, sweetened canned coffee with 1.5times more beans (XD). ¥120 (hot)
FIRE Cafe au lait, More milk than usual in this one. ¥120 (hot)
午後の紅茶 ESPRESSO TEA, Milk tea with a shot of espresso. ¥120 (hot)
午後の紅茶, Milk tea. ¥120 (hot)
午後の紅茶, Milk tea. ¥120 (hot)

(I couldn't see all of the names that well on my photo, so I may have made mistakes. If you spot any, let me know!! Thanks! ^o^/)

If you haven't figured it out by now, the blue labels are for cold drinks and the red ones are for warm ones =^-^= Intuitive, ne!

I remember thinking that it was really strange to see hot drinks in a vending machine when I first moved here..

Btw, the site for those FIRE coffees is here: http://www.beverage.co.jp/fire/

Maybe it's really a geeky, nerdy thing to do. I mean, I picked a vending machine randomly because it was more or less across the street from my house, and I doubt I'll be moving any time soon, so it's not like I have any special feelings for it one way or another.. but somehow I really wanted to try this idea. And I bet that by the time 2011 is up, I'll have grown really attached to this machine :3 (If it still exists, and woe to me if it isn't there!)

I'll probably put all of the pictures under cuts from now on, or small thumbnails, but for the first one only decided to leave it out.

Any thoughts? Am I a total nerd? Is this a dumb idea? Do you think I can do it (almost) every day for a whole year? One thing's for sure.. it will help me keep my blog updated! ^^

Well.. at that, I think that I will go work on manga. I'm going to Tenipuri festa next week, and seeing a friend I haven't seen in AGES again this weekend, so I will have to explain to both of them why I'm not getting anywhere, lol! (Or better yet, bring in pretty arts to show them! I guess I'd better draw some! ^^;) I am going out for a really fun job tomorrow for Asahi Weekly, and Monday too I have a meeting for a possible project, so it's alltogether a busy-looking weekend!! But I will fit in the next Wanna be a Mangaka? and Video Friday in there, too! Any other things I should be writing about? (I'll answer some of the questions you asked in the Video Friday, btw! ^^)

...I think I need to make icons for all of this fun stuff.... but LATER! =^.^= Busy busy busy! I now have the first part of Denkiki written out, I just need to work on layout and formatting, and stuff.... and I sketched out the first page of the web-travel guide that I'm working on.. err.. well, I want to make it a book but I'm testing it out on the web first because the internet is "free"! *^^* *whizzes off*


I made a poll but it doesn't work.. ARGH.

So... please comment and tell me which one you'd like to hear about the most! ^^

I'll check the results in the morning and report tomorrow on what it is like! (Even if I've had it before)
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on January 14th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I read the article about the guy who kept taking photos of the vending machine for 5 years, at first it seemed quite stupid, I have to admit, but after reading the whole article it actually sounds like fun!

And I'm fine with whatever you decide to write about, I like your writing style and anything you write is a nice reading :)
floatin_windfloatin_wind on January 14th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'll say this first: if taking a photo of a vending machine and posting it on your blog makes you happy or becomes a working device to motivate you in posting or work in someway, then go nuts.

Does it interest me as a reader? Not in the slightest *laughing* But that doesn't have to be important to you unless you're concerned about how your readers react to your stuff. (And even then, a mixed reaction from readers can be a good thing to stir up dialogue, as I'm clearly rambling *laughing)

My background is in contemporary visual art, and to be honest, I got desensitized to a lot of projects very similar to these kind of endeavors-- I realize that you're not doing it for "art" per say, but I am confused as to why someone would want to obsessively record a vending machine as someone else has already done that task for 5 years. If there was any dialogue in the process of recording such a task, the gentleman whose done it for five years has already initiated that conversation. I guess if I was to follow YOU specifically in photographing the vending machine near your place, I would ask "How is it different to what the previous blogger did for five years? Am I learning anything new from your "dialogue" with photographing a vending machine?"

Of course, my mind in the paragraph above is approaching it on an art process level, because on a personal level, photographing a vending machine holds my curiosity for a few days, but after that, gets lost in the noise of the thousands of advertisements bombarding me in everyday life. So a drink can moved, or the machine changed - - - why should this information be any more important than the radio advertisements or changing of billboards I encounter in my everyday routine? I'm sorry, but looking at a vending machine's products and data everyday simply overloads my brain with redundant information. (Now if it was the "used panties" vending machine you wrote about a few posts ago-- if you were recording that machine, it would be a helluva comment on the consumers/society that frequent the machine. I still wouldn't want to follow such a posting on that particular vending machine, but I can't argue that the "dialogue" of recording the panties vending machine would not be different to the vending machine which holds food or drinks for sale.)

Anyways, like I said, it's your post, and your intrigue so quite frankly, do whatever makes you happy! I'm just adding in some different spicy food for thought *laughing*
hagarenobsessedhagarenobsessed on January 14th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of taking such a mundane object and seeing what changes in it over the course of a year. And sometimes it could prove to hold some very interesting stats if you take note of the placement of the drinks and how often they sit in that spot, etc. This could prove to be a very interesting project.

Also, a web travel guide sounds awesome! =) When I eventually make it to Japan, that would be something I would definitely use.
kate_fireflykate_firefly on January 14th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
honestly, to me, it seems like a huge waste of time. lol. but that's just me...xD

キヨミナイkiyominai on January 14th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
how bout a picture of different vending machines a day?
ShadowNiteWolfshadownitewolf on January 15th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
I thought this was an awesome post. Knowing what is randomly put into Japanese vending machines is amusing. hah!
ʀìɴ-α-ℓιcιouṡ: εvα | ❝ pockets full of sunshine ❞tohsakas on January 15th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Honestly, it's your journal. I'm a new reader, but I still think it's your journal and if you find it interesting, then go for it. :)
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on January 15th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well this is your blog and what you post is entirely up to you. Most people would find taking photos or listing contents of a vending machine a waste of time but in this case it may look interesting. This would give an insight on Japanese life (maybe?) and vending machines.
karisumagyaru.blogspot.com on January 17th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
i think it's a funny idea. but doing it everyday is a bit excessive... maybe once a month or something, to see what changed?