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Mar 21, 2009

Vending Machines in Japan Part 2 and Shadow Shot Sunday

Thursday was a warm breezy day. I had originally intended to walk for about 30 minutes, but I ended up walking for 2 hours! Vending machines for drinks are on every corner. Thanks goodness too, because I needed water midway through my walk. I dumped my empty water bottle in the recycle bin at the next vending machine I came upon.

Part I of Vending Machines in Japan talked about the homemade crepe vending machine. I still haven't tried it. That previous post had links to other sites with photos. I finally got some photos of my own on my walk the other day. Of course, the odd vending machines are the most interesting. I found two on my walk, one was tame and the other was for family planning:)

First up the tame one: Did you forget to buy batteries? Hop over to your neighborhood vending machine and get the size you need. This machine looked aged. I could hardly see through its window.

Vending Machine in Japan by Gallery Juana
Next up, feeling a bit in the mood but want to be safe? No drugstore in sight? No worries, just down the street (next to the window with Winnie the Pooh) is a "Rony Wrinkle" vending machine for your convenience. The machine does not give change, so be sure to have the exact change. The shadows are of people walking by as I was trying to get a good photo. So that is how this all fits into Shadow Shot Sunday:) For more photos of shadows, please visit Hey Harriet's blog.

Vending Machine in Japan by Gallery Juana


Sweet Repose said...

I have always wanted to visit Japan, everything about it is so artistic and fascinating.

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia K said...

Really neat shots! I worked for a Japanese company until I retired, so I have a soft spot for anything Japanese! Have a great weekend!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...


This is just so nice and LIKE it shot. Neat too.

I see two pots in the corner. Are they astrays?

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Neat shots of the vending machines! Exact change can be frustrating!! Have a great weekend!
{Love your new background!!}

bobbie said...

great shadows today

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How educational! ;-)

PJ said...

Rony Wrinkle??? That's too much! I visited Japan years ago and I was constantly amazed they way English was used, very, um, creatively. The coolest vending machine for me was one on Hokkaido that dispensed huge cooked scallops. They were delicious.

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Hey Harriet said...

I like your 'Rony Wrinkle' shadow shot! I'm imagine you would have received some weird looks from people while taking photos of that vending machine! I've heard of some crazy types of vending machines in Japan. Ours are quite boring over here. Mainly coca cola and snack foods. Happy walking! I can walk for hours too! It's fun :)

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

PJ, The Hokkaido scallop vending machine is a new one for me!

Sweet Repose, Japan is fascinating for me too.

Richie, I think those might be empty flower pots.

Harriet, I wonder what those shadowed people were thinking:)

Summer kitchen, Hurray! Glad you like my new background.

Sylvia, that makes two of us with a soft spot.

Rosebud Collection said...

Good shadows shots..interesting too..Isn't it amazing how we see things so different, since shadow shot Sunday?
About the snow...I have to tell you, this winter almost sunk me..
Sure, we have snow, but we were getting 6 to 12 inches at a time..
What I was asking, where is the global warming? Say, what they want, it was a snowy/cold winter and I am glad to see the brown grass..

Elizabeth said...

Super photos!
I have never seen batteries in a vending machine!
I bet people would be too embarrassed to ask for change from the other one....

Dianne said...

I like how the shadows are reaching toward the stores, very animated

fly tie said...

that is so interesting. especially the one about cooked noodles and broth in your other post.

(i *have to* visit japan. and not just to witness the vending machines, lol!)

maryt/theteach said...

Crepes and batteries in vending machines? What great ideas! :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

If the vending machine crepes are anything like the quality of coffee in U.S. vending machines, I say "no, thanks!"

Batteries, on the other hand, are always needed for the camera!

Happy SSS

Chris Stone said...

lol. that's fascinating. why the weird vending machines? not so many convience stores?

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

Chris, that's a good question! It is uncanny how many vending machines and convenience stores there are. At one city corner, you are guaranteed to find two of each, vending machine and convenience store!

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