Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Japan in a can

This is just post one of the Japan photo journal entries, but I have to share.

So before we left, Rob would ask me what goofy thing I was most excited about seeing in Japan, and my answer was not an art museum or an edifying historic site, it was always "The vending machines." I knew that they were all over the streets, reportedly selling everything from sake and beer to appliances to complete meals to clothing. I knew that they were precisely the kind of thing that would fascinate me no end, and as it turns out, I was right.

So when I saw this in my very first vending machine at Narita Airport, I figured I'd hit the jackpot early. KitKat soda! Who knew there was such a thing? I envisioned a creamy, chocolately drink with just a piquant touch of cookie sweetness. I dropped in my 190 yen and retrieved the can.

THEY WERE JUST REGULAR KITKAT CANDY BARS! IN A GLASS JAR! Deceptive AND wasteful all in one calorie-filled bundle! What the heck kinda rip-off scam are you runnin' here, Japan? I call shenanigans!

Oh, but the vending machines, and the trip, would only get crazy-insane better from here. Stay tuned.


Ari said...

I cannot wait to read more on your trip, I am DYING to go and I, too, am enamoured with their vending machines. I am am really distressed though that money was wasted on the making of an actual bottle to house...chocolate bars?...craziness. Look forward to more pics!

Anonymous said...

speaking of clothing in Japanese vending machines . . .

My group's luggage got lost while traveling from Cincinnati to Tokyo back in high school. Luckily, the bus pulled over at a rest stop in the middle of the night and I bought two pairs of underwear from a vending machine. Apparently I never ever throw anything away, because I still wear both of them. 10 years later.

Anonymous said...

ok, it sucks that you were fooled into expecting kit kat soda, but look at it this way: the empty jar would be a very cool knick knack to have. what? Only I'm that tacky? Oh. Okay.