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If you have been to Japan, you are probably aware that every 10 meters or so, you will find yourself a vending machine – it could be beer or it could be other drinks.

The low rates of vandalism and petty crime are some of the reasons for this vending machine businesses growing fast. The country has about 5.52 million vending machines! Japan also has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people.

Some random vending machines in Japan.

Since there are a huge variety of products available from the vending machines, let’s just take a look at some of the weirdest ones – at least for me.

1. The machines that take your order

Available mostly in Japanese fast food restaurants, you might find it difficult to use the first time. You will understand it is actually quite easy on your second visit. Firstly, choose your menus (usually there will be pictures showing the menus), put in your money, then hand over your ticket to the staffs and wait for your food to be served.

2. “Hot Menu”

Who needs a McDonald’s drive thru if you have machines that pop out hot fries and fried chicken?

3. Oh and the fresh eggs

If you run out of eggs while cooking, there may be a vending machine in your area that “lays” eggs for you.

4. How about some bananas

Craving for some fruits after lunch? No worries if you are in Japan. You can avoid long lines in the market and just get the bananas from a vending machine.

5. Sake and beers

If you think having a cigarette vending machine is cool, wait until you meet the machines that give you cool beers.

6. Pornography

There are also vending machines that produce pornographic materials, though these are very rare.

7. Fresh flowers

Forget today is the birthday of your loved one? Do not worry, there is always the fresh flower vending machine.

8. Shrines’ Charms

And now this is what I called ‘weird’. Imagine a vending machine standing in an old-looking shrine.

Since manga is part of Japanese culture, how can they not have a manga vending machine?

These are just a small number of vending machines available in Japan. If you do a little research, you will find more weird vending machines that are only available in Japan. There are gloves, umbrella, t-shirts and for God’s sake – batteries.

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