Jidouhanbaiki自動販売機 – Japanese Vending Machines

When you think of Tokyo, one thing should come go your mind; Vending Machines! or in Japanese a Jidouhanbaiki自動販売機 !

Of course they are not only a big thing in Tokyo 東京 but all over Japan! You could even live without grocery stores but Vending Machines! That’s because they have a wide range
of different stuff in those Jidoihanbaikis 自動販売機 . For example Drinks, Hot Coffee, Hot Soups, Umbrellas, Bananas, Fresh Eggs, Hot Dogs, Flowers, Ties and much more.

 

 

 

 

They actually got their international attention, when a curious rumour made it’s round. The rumour said, that there is a Vending Machine that sells USED pants of cute girls. Anyway, there are some Vending Machines that sell underwear, but not used ones, so it’s never been profen.

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You can read about anything you touch 

They recently presented a new modern form of Vending Machine with an additional feature; The Touch Screen Vending Machine! It looks like it’s from an futuristic Anime.

 

 

 

 

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Depending on the location, the products in those vending machines are different! So if you are in Tokyo 東京, there may be some products you’ve never seen in Osaka 大阪! Or even in different parts of Tokyo 東京 itself, for example Akihabara 秋葉原. Akihabara 秋葉原 is the Electrical & Animeアニメdistrict, so you may find more Anime related stuff in Vending Machines.

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This is what a 1’000 Yen Vending Machine looks like

 

During my 2 weeks stay in Japan, I’ve been looking for one thing. A rare kind of Vending Machine; the 1’000 Yen (10$) Vending Machine! They sell about 30 products which you can see on the screen but what you get, is a surprise! Maybe you get a useless toy, or even a new iPod!

 

I hopefully get the chance to find one during my Language Stay in September! follow me on my Instagram to find out If I’m going to be lucky: @mylittlejapanworld

 

All pictures used in this post are not mine, they belong to their original owners!

 

Japanese Fashion?!

If you’re as into Japan as I am, you know that fashion is a big thing there. Especially in crazy Tokyo! The feeling of being basic must bother the Japanese & so it bothers me. You can see this at how many different fashion styles that were created over the past 20 years:

 

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 Cute Lolita’s

Lolita

 

A 2008 New York Times report called Lolita fashion a cross between Alice in Wonderland and the Addams Family, whose influences include “Victorian children’s wear, the French Rococo period, goth-inspired darkness and Japanese anime” (Source; Wikipedia). There are 3 different Lolita styles: Sweet, Classic & Gothic!

 

 

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Gyaru street style

Gyaru

 

Gyaru (ギャル) is a Japanese transliteration of the English word ‘gal’Gyaru is a huge uproar of girly-glam style #yolo, breaking all the rules of “what’s pretty”, and dwelling in a party of man-made beauty (wigs, fake lashes, fake nails etc). Gyaru also is heavily inspired by Western features/fashion. (Source; Gyaru Wiki)

 

 

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Ganguro make up

Ganguro

 

The typical look of Ganguro (ガングロ) is a deep tan combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver grey known as “high bleached“. Black ink is used as eye-liner and white concealer is used as lipstick and eyeshadow. False eyelashes, plastic facial gems, and pearl powder are often added to this. Platform shoes and brightly coloured outfits complete the ganguro look. Also typical of ganguro fashion are tie-dyed sarongs, miniskirts, stickers on the face, and many bracelets, rings, and necklaces. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

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2 Kogals in the street of Tokyo

Kogal

 

Kogal (コギャル kogyaru) is a Japanese fashion culture that involves schoolgirls wearing an outfit based on their uniform, but with very short skirts. The girls may also wear loose socks and scarves, and have dyed hair. The word “kogal” is anglicized from kogyaru, a contraction of kōkōsei gyaru (high school gal). Kogals favor platform boots, makeup, and Burberry scarves. They have a distinctive slang peppered with English words.

 

 

 

 

Bōsōzoku

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Bōsōzoku Gang

(暴走族), literally “running-out-of-control” (as of a vehicle) tribe. Interested in motorcycle customizing, often illegal, and making noise. These bōsōzoku groups sometimes ride without motorcycle helmets (which in Japan is illegal), also engage in dangerous or reckless driving, such as weaving in traffic, and running red lights. The typical bōsōzoku member is often depicted in a uniform consisting of a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers or a tokkō-fuku, a type of military issued overcoat with kanji slogans usually worn open with no shirt underneath showing off their bandaged torsos and baggy matching pants tucked inside tall boots. Tokkō-fuku in Japanese means “Special Attack Uniform“, which is the uniform of the Kamikaze pilots. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

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Some Decora Enthusiasts

Decora

 

The clothes are usually in black, dark pink or baby pink, but other neon colors were also acceptable. A plain shirt and hoodie was often worn with short tutu-like skirts. The hair (often worn in low ponytails with long bangs) and make-up itself tends to be quite plain. However, the most significant part of decora is to pile on many layers of cute accessories until the bangs and shirt are barely visible. Stockings, legwarmers, armwarmers, and knee socks are also worn over each other in different layers. Common details also include leopard prints and patterned dental masks. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

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the usual Visual Kei

Visual kei / Oshare kei / Angura kei / Cult party kei

 

 

Visual: Created by Japanese musicians consisting of striking makeup, unusual hair styles and flamboyant costumes, similar to Western glam rock and glam metal. Androgyny is also a popular aspect of the style.
Oshare: The style focuses a lot on mixing different patterns, bright colors and punk elements to create a unique look. Unlike Visual kei, the make-up is toned down a bit and focuses more on the eyes alone. Facial piercings are also common.
AnguraAngura kei is the darkest visual kei style. The clothes of the style tend to be mostly black, but with spikes and chains. Make-up is worn dark and heavy. The style has been compared to the modern goth.
Cult Party: Based on Western religious artifacts like crosses or bibles. Common aspects include crosses wired in yarn, layers of fabric in soft colors, lots of cream lace, satin bows and bible prints. The Make Up is often worn naturally. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

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Lolita look-a-like

Dolly kei

 

Based on Japan’s view of the Middle Ages and European fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. It includes a lot of vintage-style clothing and sometimes has religious symbols. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Winter Fairy Kei style

Fairy kei

 

A childlike style. Outfits are made up of pastel colors (like lavender, baby blue, light pink, etc.), angel, toy, baby motifs and accessories from Western toy lines such as My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, Barbie, Care Bears etc. Pastel colored hair is common although natural hair is also popular, hair is usually kept simple and decorated with anything cute or pastel; bows are a common theme. (Source; Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Mori Style Room & Girl

 

Mori girl

 

 

Mori (which means forest) fashion uses soft, loosely fitting layers of garments such as floaty dresses and cardigans. It places an emphasis on natural fabrics (cotton, linen, wool) and hand-made or vintage accessories with a nature theme. The color scheme tends to be light and neutral, but patterns such as gingham and florals may also be used.

 

 

 

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Girl wearing a Kimono

Kimono style

 

Japanese fashion is influenced by historic culture, we can now still see Japanese people wearing kimono on the street in Japan, especially in Ginza. In addition they now still keep the culture of wearing kimono for special and important events, such as mitzvah, funeral, etc. The younger generation in Japan do also accept mixing kimono and modern style in fashion.

 

 

 

EXTRA

If you don’t know what cosplay is, I’ll explain it to you shortly: Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure ), a mix of the words costume play, is a performance art in which “cosplayers” wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character, like from mostly an Anime or any Movie or even from games. Like Pikachu, Superman or Sailor Moon. Many do this as a hobby, in which they create anything by their self!

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A cosplay from  “Sinon” (Gun Gale Online)

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8 things you should know before going to Japan

If you are about to travel to this crazy country, you should know a few things before getting infected by a culture shock!

Japanese people can’t say “no”

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Well, that’s not bad right? But it is, when you are lost & ask strangers for the direction. Japanese can’t lose their faces and say “I don’t know”. They  will just tell you “eeh.. I thinks it’s this way” even though they have no idea. You should at least ask 3 people, or visit a local police cabin right away. Those police stations are simply there to help you if you’re lost or something like that, as Japans criminality is pretty low.

If you meet someone important, bow down!

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Short explanation

 

The deeper you bow, the more respect you show. This would be appreciated if you’re about to meet someone importent, like the boss of a company or a priest.

 

 

Bring cash instead of a credit card!

You should exchange your money at the airport before you go somewhere. Even though Japan is such a futuristic country, it’s also very traditional. So in most stores, you pay with cash (they also prefer if you give them just the right amount of money). There are a lot if ATM’s so don’t worry if you forget to exchange at the airport.

Don’t leave tips!

Seriously, in Japan it’s like you’d tell them they’d need money. Not even to the taxi driver! Even though the waitress is extremely friendly and helpful, it’s their culture, they don’t want anything in exchange. I’ve even heard that a taxi driver ran after some people just to give them back their money.

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an example

“Modern” toilets?

Everybody knows that the Japanese have the most crazy toilets; some play music, some of them even talk to you, but not everywhere! If you go to a public toilet, be aware to find only a hole on the ground. Japan, futuristic & traditional.

 

Enjoy going by train as a tourist!

There’s a cheap train ticket, only available for tourists! It’s the Japan Rail Pass! You can choose the regions (for example the main island “Honshu“) and the duration (1-2 weeks) and you pay a small amount of money (depending, 300-400$) and you drive train during these weeks! It’s pretty useful, trust me. Check it out on: www.japanrailpass.net

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Looks like a passport

The adapter plug!

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looks like this

This is a common thing to be forgotten when travelling to another country! Just go to a electric store in your country and ask for an adapter plug for Japan. If you forget to (like I did) there are adapters available in most hotels, don’t worry.

Avoid Summer in Japan

Summer in Japan is veeeery hot. And wet. That’s because the Taifun season takes place in Summer. Even though it’s hot, the air-condioning is going crazy, so watch out of getting a cold. Check out the weather before you go.

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Source “T-Online”

Well, I hope there few things have been helpful for you to plan your trip to Japan. Don’t worry, it’s just nice to know, but If you forget one of those things, they will just kindly remind you!

Sabrina
(all pictures in this post belong to their owners & are not mine)