Friday, 1 February 2013

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Molly The Wally Does Japan!

Molly The Wally Brings You Her Top Ten Vending Machines of Japan.

The Japanese are bonkers about vending machines. There are nearly 6 million in the country each vying to stand out. So as you’d expect from the land of the rising sun not only do they have some of the most innovative but also some of weirdest coin operated contraptions to grace this planet. Thus on our last day in Nippon land we take a look at ten of the best.

Ever strolled down the road and thought I think I’ll just go and buy a car? Drats everything is shut. What do you do now? No problem you can purchase a Smart Car from a vending machine. Just what every street corner needs! You don’t believe me! Well check out the bottom right. See ‘sold out’ told you just what every street corner needs. Actually pushing the button won’t exactly give you a car, but it does dispense pamphlets on the new models, dealer information, and a sheet of Smart Car stickers. 

Eggs from a vending machine we hear you ask?  It sounds like something that Wallace and Grommit might come up with complete with fan belt, gears and half the kitchen plus lots of broken eggs. So if you have a midnight craving for raw eggs or just fancy taking some home, insert the coins and open the door and retrieve your eggs.  Of course there is a little man inside filling up the next bowl of eggs. He is very small but he is there!

You are in a hurry and you suddenly realise you have forgotten to buy a balloon. I mean there are days when you want eggs and there are days when you just want a balloon. Fear Not! In Japan, they have got a vending machine for those too! Buy and pop away to your hearts delight!

How about a crap crepe vending machine? Those Frenchies get everywhere. Bad enough their fries rule the world leaving our humble chip long forgotten but do they really have to take their crap crepe all the way to the East too?

Fancy eating healthily? Fear not! You can purchase healthy fresh lettuce from a vending machine. Yes grown in artificial light there is none fresher than these. Just a must for all those bunnies out there! Come to think of it, someone over here would find a way to put a bunny in there.

One for Puddles now! Whisky and M&Ms’ anybody! Where did this combination come from? More importantly you do not need ID or proof of age so maybe it is targeted at the juvenile market? Nothing would surprise us!

Spilt your placenta jelly juice all over your tie while eating your wasp biscuit? Fear not! You can now replace it with the tie vending machine. Brilliant if you stayed out all night and wanted to hide the fact that you are still wearing yesterdays’ clothes. 

Sneaky sneaker vending machine created by Japanese sports fashion brand that gets those must have trainers to your feet in records time.  Would be looted here on day one! 

A bread vending machine does not sound a bad idea but bread in a can in a vending machine? What it tastes like we shudder to think? Don’t think a canned loaf would take off over here, we have enough canned oafs as it is! Usually on a Saturday night!

Modelled after a claw machine like you find at the funfair, for a mere 100 yen you can catch your very own fresh, live lobster. Not sure how many goes you get though but if it is anything like the funfair you will be there all day before you land a catch.

Thus we conclude our week in Japan looking at the more bizarre things on offer from the land of the rising sun. Yes the Japanese are not just kimonos, sushi and sake, that is for sure! Sayonara folks! Wonder in the future, what country we should visit next?


  1. Japan is such an unusual place and so different from the US I have always wnated to visit. Thanks for the blog vacay of Japans odder side

    urban hounds

  2. Ok, mom has just said "you have GOT to be kidding me!" about 87 times while reading your post to us *BOL*

    All we can say is: thank dogness we are dogs 'cos hoomans are just silly!!

    Have a wonder weekend Miss Molly
    Wally & Sammy

  3. Wow, I think that,s quite cool, I'm just popping to the vending machine to buy a car..LOL Mailing later :) Have a wonderful Friday in the rain xxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. AMAZING! I love that, too technical for me and my paws but it looks really cool!! I think in 3013 we will all have this type of thing! Love, Licks and Hugs from your furiend Frank xxxxxx

  5. Those machines are an absolute riot! Think I'll go get me some whiskey and M&M's! BOL!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

  6. Molly, once again you come through with another amazing news item, our question is, what will they NOT put in a vending machine?

    Your Pals
    Sus & Bites

  7. I like the car vending machine and I'll bet mom would sell her soul for the sneaker vending thingy ;o) Have a wonderful Friday Molly ;o)

  8. I AM HERE. Never ever do I want to miss MIZ MOLLY'S COLUMN of the weird and the fantastic! teeeeheeeee

    OK MY DEAR....which one is the craziest? THE LETTUCE ONE....THE TIE ONE...and I thought that when I was there 32 years ago that the iced coffee machines that were at ever corner were strange! Back then here in the US, we did not have such a thing.

    Hmmmmm.....what country should you try next? I think AMERICA! TRY US MY DEAR!!!! DO SO!!!

  9. Mind boggling! But I keep coming back to chocolate with whiskey - yuck!

  10. Those are all pretty weird lol. I like how all the women in the neighborhood just so happen to have forgotten to wear their shoes. Oh how convenient - there's a shoe vending machine! hehe

  11. Hi Molly,

    I like the idea od those vending machines, go catch your own lobster sounds good to me....I'd like one with squirrels....pick and mix...YUM. You'll never go hungry, thirsty or in need of a car,tie etc in Japan.....I'm off to book a round trip out Japan here I the way check our Korean Doggie fashions.....a must for all pampered poochies.

  12. I continue to be amazed Molly...those Japanese sure are adventurous...although I do see possibilities for the booze & candy machine ;) As for bread in a can, that's an oldie (though maybe not a goodie),_Crackers_&_Snacks/Brown_Bread_in_a_Can_(Set_of_2_Cans)/H2657;jsessionid=54EB818E4E72305AB1D133BB359BB079.vcs-app-12-p-app2?eVar24=H2657&eVar21=you+may+also+like&eVar20=H2548

  13. likd our Thelma and Louise pikture didncha? Thanks fur da idea...hehehehe.

    WTF? You mean you can gets Whiskey AND M&Ms in a VENDIN' machine?
    Okays I gotts go catch da next plane to Japan...I think I is gonna LOVES it theres.


  14. Oh I would love a vending machine with my own kibble! Have a great weekend!

  15. That's awesome!! You can even buy a Car?

    So, where's the vending machine for Dog Treats? :)

    Have a fun weekend,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

    I would love to see that Smart car dispensed from the machine!! too bad it was sold out.

    Beer and M&M...I hope they are peanut M&Ms they go best with beer
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  17. We were afraid they would have pups in a vending machine!!!


    Murphy & Stanley

  18. OMD...Dat be technology in da rawest form!!!

    Wonder if dey has wittle chickens in dat dere eggy machine! Wittle tiny men DO NOT lay eggs......(or maybe dey do in Japan???)


  19. I prefer martinis and skittles myself. But to each their own.


  20. Those are such fascinating vending machines. For a Smartcar? That's really something!

  21. We can't believe you can buy a car from a vending machine.
    Oh-oh, Mum the vegetarian killjoy is not happy about the lobster catching machine :(
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  22. Yes...I'll take one car now.


  23. the lobster 'claw machine' is sad...

  24. Interesting. And those are only the top 10?? I'd hate to see what the rest of them are. :)

  25. I never knew how clever they are with all their vending machines. Have a great day.

  26. We though the lobster claw machine was sad, too.

    Australia is pretty boring in comparison to Japan.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  27. My mom said she saw a lot of those strange vending machines when they lived in Korea. YIKES!
    Could you imagine putting your money in for the car, only to have it jam up? I'd hate to think of the words that might go flying out of somemoms' mouth...
    Play bows,

  28. Boy it would be like the ice cream truck coming around the corner here in the United States, where are my quarters mom!!!!
    stella rose

  29. Japan is pretty high tech!
    Benny & Lily

  30. WE think those folks just have too much time on their hands... and besides that..WHERE is the STUFFIE Machine. OR the MILKBONE or Bully Stick ones fur that matter.

  31. I was watching HGTV a few weeks ago and they featured a couple who was moving to Japan. They featured some of their vending machines and I couldn't believe some of the things they put in there! Some of them I thought were darned good ideas!

  32. kkkkkkk Até carros em vendas automáticas!
    nossa! Esses japoneses e suas tecnologias!!!!

    beijos Molly e lindo final de semana pra você!!!!

  33. Our favourite we saw was the used underwear vending machine. You really can buy anything in a Japan vending machine!

  34. That was amazing! I want the crepe one, they look really good. Mommy is more interested in whiskey and M&M's. What will those Japanese think of next?? Do they have one with biscuits and pupperoni??

    Loveys Sasha

  35. We knew that vending machines were hot in Japan but had no idea they would put a Smart Car in one.
    We hope the bourbon comes with a Butterfinger, that would be yummy. MOL!
    Our mama is also a little upset about the lobster claw thingy.

    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew

  36. Mowzers. Mommy drooled over the crepe machine - she thinks she could handle that one. But bread in a can's just WRONG.

  37. I think I would like the crepe machine...might need my very