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!

 

Fun day at Universal Studios Japan! (USJ)

(Scroll down for the German part – Runter scrollen für den deutschen Teil)

The first thing, that my letter friend Mayo san and me did when we met, was going to the Universal Studios in Ōsaka 大阪市.

There’s this story coming to my mind, every time I think of that day at the Universal Studios with Mayo san. Let me tell it to you;

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Glad to have my umbrella back!

I brought my umbrella that rainy day, like many other people. It was quite annoying to carry so I wanted to leave it in a locker. Unfortunately, my umbrella wouldn’t fit into the lockers they had at the Universal Studios, so I just left it in a corner nearby. I’ve heard somewhere, that Japanese people are very honest in that case & and wouldn’t steal. At the end of the day, Mayo san & me were so curious if my umbrella would still be there. When we walked around the corner, there were like 3 more umbrellas laying next to mine!

 

Anyway, let’s get to the USJ part.

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Characters of the Anime “Attack on Titan”

Japan is the country of Anime & Manga, that’s why they got plenty of Anime parts in their Universal Studios Park. Like Evangelion Neon Genesis & Attack on Titan! (which was the reason why I, as an Anime fan, wanted to go there)

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Mayo san & Me being eaten by a Titan

BUT! They have a Harry Potter section in the park as well, which you can enter after paying a little extra fee. It’s totally worth it! ‘Cause they’ve recreated the Hogwarts Castle and guess what’s inside?

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Hogwarts Roller Coaster in Universal Studios Japan

A 4D cinema-roller coaster! So you sit in a cinema chair 4D roller coaster, looking at a 3D sc
reen while this machine even changes rooms during the ride! You’re in the perspective of Harry Potter himself, flying through Hogwarts and it’s famous places. It seemed so real that you forget everything around yourself and really feel like being inside!

 

 

 

 

I feel like going there again so badly while writing this…

————German Part —————–Deutscher Teil———————–

Das Erste was meine Brieffreundin Mayo san und ich getan haben, als wir uns trafen, war ins Universal Studios in Ōsaka 大阪市 gehen.

Da ist diese Geschichte, die mir jedes mal einfällt, wenn ich an den Tag mit Mayo san im Universal Studios denke. Lasst es mich euch erzählen;

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Froh meinen Schirm zurück zu haben

Wie viele andere auch, hatte ich an diesem regnerischen Tag meinen Schirm dabei. Weil es ziemlich nervig war, diesen mit mir herumzutragen, wollte ich ihn in einen der Schliessfächer, welche sie im Universal Studios hatten, unterbringen. Leider passte mein Schirm da aber nicht hinein. Daher habe ich ihn einfach in die nächste Ecke gelegt. Ich habe mal gehört, dass Japaner sehr ehrlich sind in dieser Hinsicht & nicht stehlen würden. Am Ende des Tages haben Mayo san und ich neugierig, ob mein Schirm noch da ist. Als wir um die Ecke abbogen, lagen schon etwa 3 weitere Schirme da!

 

Wie auch immer, kommen wir zum USJ-Teil.

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Charaktere des Animes “Attack on Titan”

Japan ist das Land des Anime & Manga, deswegen haben sie auch einige Anime-Bereiche in ihrem Universal Studios Park. Wie zum Beispiel Evangelion Neon Genesis & Attack on Titan! (Was auch der Grund ist, warum ich, als Anime Fan, dahin wollte)

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Mayo san & ich werden von einem Titan gegessen

ABER! Sie haben ebenfalls einen Harry Potter Bereich, welchen man nach einem kleinen Aufschlag betreten darf. Es ist es aber auf jeden Fall wert! Denn die Japaner haben das Schloss Hogwarts nachgebaut, und ratet mal was es da drinnen gibt?

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Hogwarts Achterbahn im Universal Studios Japan

Eine 4D Kino-Achterbahn! Da sitzt man in einem 4D Kinosessel/Achterbahnwagen auf die 3D Leinwand schauend, welcher sogar während der Fahrt den Raum wechselt! Man ist in der Perspektive von Harry Potter selbst, welcher durch Hogwarts und all seine bekannten Orte fliegt. Es wirkte so echt, dass man alles um einen vergisst und es einem so vorkommt, als wär man wirklich mittendrin!

 

 

 

Während ich das hier schriebe, bekomme ich stark das Bedürfnis wieder dorthin zu gehen…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Cafés in Japan! (Cats, Bunnies, Owls & Reptiles!)

(I’ve decided to do a German translation as well – see below)

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Small Rabbit Café in Shibuya, Tokyo

Japan is not the biggest country, but one of the most populated on earth. With such a minimum of space, it’s getting tight for living room, especially in big cities like Tokyo. Many Japanese people can’t afford to own pets or even have no space for them. But there’s a solution for this problem: Animal Cafés!

 

 

 

 

There are Cat, Bunny, Owl and even Reptile Cafés in Japan! Relaxing and drinking a cup of or coffee while petting 3 cats, what else could you want?

On my trip to Japan in 2015, I’ve been visiting Owl, Cat and Bunny Cafés. I liked the Owl Café the most, they had the most space for the animals & even closed the Café from time to time due to “Animal Breaks”.

 

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Very small Cat Café, right next to the Bunny Café

 

 

(Ich habe mich entschieden den Blog auch auf Deutsch zu führen)

Japan ist zwar nicht das grösste Land, aber eines der meistbevölkerten der Welt. Bei so wenig Platz wird es immer enger mit dem Wohnraum, vor allem in Grossstädten wie in Tokio. Sehr viele Japaner können sich deshalb keine Haustiere leisten geschweige denn , haben Platz dafür. Doch dafür gibt es eine Lösung: Tiercafés!

Katzen, Hasen, Eulen und sogar Reptilien Cafés gibt es! Gemütlich einen Tee oder Café trinken, und nebenbei mit 3 Katzen spielen, was will man mehr?

Bei meinem Japan Trip im April 2015, habe ich ein Eulen, Katzen und Hasen Café besucht. Das Eulen Café mochte ich am meisten, die Tiere dort haben viel Platz und das Café wird auch mal wegen “Tierpausen” geschlossen.

「The Japanese Hospitality 日本のお持て成し」

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Shinjuku, Tokyo

You sure may have heard, that the Japanese hospitality is pretty warm. They love to show foreigners their country and are very proud of it.

I can confirm and the reason I can, is my letterfriend. I actually stayed in Tokyo 東京, but she lives in Kōbe 神戸(about 3 hours distance). Anyway, I travelled with the bullet train (Shinkansen 新幹線) from Tokyo to Kōbe. She waited at the Shin Osaka train station for me, and we went to her parent’s apartment together. Her parents were already excited to meet me, they even made a “Welcome to Japan, Sabrina” cake for me! I did’nt expect something like this!

I could spend the night there, it’s been such a dream to sleepover at a real Japanese family. The next morning, Mayo san’s (my letterfriend) mother made us some Onigiri. What a feeling, sitting at the table with a Japanese family, feets under the Kotatsu 炬燵 (low, wooden table frame covered by a futon or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source which keeps you warm) and biting in to a still warm Onigiri おにぎり.

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Rikscha ride through Gion, the Geisha town in Kyōto 

We spent some days together, she showed me the best spots around Kyōto and even visited the Universal Studio Japan (USJ) together with me. During my stay in Japan, i had the best time while traveling with Mayo san. It’s so much easier to travel and enjoy, when you are with someone that speaks the language, in a country where not everyone speaks english.

On my last day, I could experience the Japanese hospitality one last time for my stay. My flight back home was in the morning. I had to take the shuttle from Shinjuku Station 新宿区駅 to the airport. When I arrived at the Shinjuku Station, the shuttle was already full. Luckily, I was early enough to wait for the next one. I thought “hey, I should go to a Japanese supermarket for one last time!” So I started looking for a Family Mart, Seven Eleven or Lawson. When I found one, there was a little stair to reach the store. As you can imagine, my suitcase was pretty heavy so I could’nt lift it up those stairs. On behalf of the low criminality rate in Japan, i thought I’ll just leave it outside for a min. Before I entered the store, i picked my wallet and sorted out my last coins… So, a young, 18 years old girl, no make up & hair done, wearing a training suit and holding a suitcase and looking for her last coins. Must have looked funny, anyway a Japanese lady walked out of the store, holding for a second, then walked away. But she came back and gave me a piece of bread with two hands (respectfully). I took it, also with 2 hands and whispered “Arigato Gozaimasu!”. As fast as she came, the fast she’s gone. This story still makes me smile, whenever I think of it!

Sorry for that long post, here’s a picture of my Mayo san & me in Kimonos.

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My letter friend Mayo san & me in Kimonos

「One day at the Fushimi Inari Shrine 伏見稲荷大社」

I spent some days at the house of my letterfriend Mayo san, in Kōbe 神戸. She made up a little plan to show me the culture of Japan, but it was a surprise. We woke up early in the morning to catch the train to Kyoto 京都. In the evening, after spending the day in Kyoto, our next destination was the “Fushimi Inari Shrine”.
The final stations name was “Inari” 稲荷. We walked out of this little train station and the entrance of the shrine was just in front of us! I was surprised how small this little district was, even though this shrine is so famous.

Mayo san booked a hotel near the shrine, so we could visit it the next day. I think it’s a japanese thing, she booked 2 rooms even though we were only 2 persons. But for me, it was Ok 🙂

The next morning, we finally headed out to the shrine. There were many statues of foxes “kitsune” 狐, which symbolize a “Kami 神” – a god.
While walking upstairs, there was a group of school girls that were watching me. As soon as I got closer to them, they asked me if I want to take a photo with them (if you’re a foreigner in Japan, this will happen to you pretty often)

Walking through those red “Tōris 鳥居”, is really a nice & calming thing. It looks so cool, and sometimes you get to a crossing where you have to choose which way to go, (it doesn’t matter which one you choose, all ways go to the top) some are faster, some take longer.

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One time, we reached a beautiful place where you get out of the tōri way and see some shrines. Then the tōri continue.

 

At the end we walked back down a little street next to the tōris.

 

 

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We spotted an old lady, selling something to eat, so we got a little hungry. When we got closer, I recognized that she was selling Mochi 餅! Mochi are little rice cakes, that usually are gummy on the outside and soft on the inside.

 

The Mimg_3100ochis had rosish color, so I could imagine what kind of taste they had – Sakura さくら!(Japanese cherry blossom) There were only 2 left so of course we took this chance and enjoyed the end of this day with a little bite of Sakura Mochi ( ^ω^ )