My first encounter with a Japanese vending machine!
– (excuse the awful picture- I took it with my cell phone real quick while waiting for one of my flights in Tokyo)
They’re so much nicer than they are here in the US- for one, it’s not all soda and sugar filled junk. There are all sorts of teas and juices and vitamin/mineral waters. Then there are the specialty machines, like “Boss” coffee machines. Yes, you can get coffee out of a vending machine, and no, not just cold! There are plenty of warm beverage offerings.
Vending machines are also more popular in Japan, which is probably a big part of why they’re so nice/advanced there. You can find them not only in shopping areas or outside of busy stores, but everywhere- even standing pretty much on their own on the roadside.
I miss Japan, and it’s awesome vending machines.