For Love of the Japanese Vending Machine

During my research trip to Japan last summer, I fell in love with vending machines. No matter where you go in Japan, you’re likely to find an assortment of large, well-lit machines selling everything from beverages to toys…and I do mean everything. We even saw one selling ladies’ underwear. On a public street. (And NOT in a questionable district.)  It’s difficult to walk a block in Japan without passing a vending machine–or two, since they usually seem to appear in pairs–and every train or subway station platform has at least one set. The drink selection in vending machines depends on the company that owns and

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