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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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February 8, 2008

japan - vendo country


You can't walk several meters in Japan without encountering a vendo machine. This is specially true for the urban areas around Tokyo. They are not only useful (direct selling at its best), they are also aesthetically pleasing, well at least during the night.

Coke vendo machine in Nakano

So one night (around midnight), with two of my friends in tow, I set out to take photos of vendo machines around Akishima. Oh did I mention it was a very cold winter's night? It must have been below zero because I cannot feel my hands and ears. Ah, the stuff we do for a couple of photos ....


Hot and cold drinks available

Cigarette vendo machine, choose your poison

They also took it a step further. In small restaurants, ordering machines such as the one below are very common.

Restaurant vendo

This takes care of the language barrier when ordering items in the menu. Saves you the trouble of explaining what you want to the waiter/waitress, that is IF you know how to operate one of these.

It isn't very hard actually. Just pop in a couple of bills (and/or coins), cover your eyes with one hand and start pressing some buttons with the other. Little coupons will pop out. Hand them over to a waiter/waitress and wait for your food. If you are lucky, you'll have a dinner you won't forget =D

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Sylvia K said...

What a clever, fun post! Amazing! Great shots and lots of color! Thanks for dinner!!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Tabib said...

Nice pictures.
Do you find any vendor machine that sell lens? or camera? ;)

Lantaw said...

@Sylvia - Thanks! :)

@Tabib - Haha, no i didnt. But they have vendo machines for umbrellas :D

J Bar said...

Interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

nadia said...

"If you are lucky, you'll have a dinner you won't forget" LOL

Love the pictures!

Irene said...

The Japanese are quirky and think of everything.

Marites said...

love the colorful contents of the vendo machines. sana, I can get to Japan someday.

Erin said...

is there a menu, i take it you can at least see what food it is you are ordering? it would make no sense for a foreigner to order off the machine as they'd have no clue as to the what was on the buttons.
enjoyed your post.

Lantaw said...

@J Bar - thanks

@nadia - yup, if you are lucky :D

@Irene - yes they do! they have a lot of these thingamajigs

Lantaw said...

@Marites - I hope not as entertainer LOL!

@Erin - Nope no menus :D. Unlike in Korea, where they tried hard to learn English, folks in Japan are "English-phobic". So their menus have no English translations. No pics either

Arija said...

You still have me laughting....love your menu selection!

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