Vending maschines (hanbaiki)
***** Location: Japan
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***** Category: Humanity

hanbaiki 販売機 (はんばいき) vending maschine
jidoo hanbaiki 自動販売機

04 getting a drink
Get a drink ! Vending maschines are everywhere in Japan, selling anything ... On the roadside there are large parking areas, with a toilet and many vending maschines - quite unthinkable in many countries, because of vandalism and robbery.


Anything, any time, anywhere Those ubiquitous high-tech vending machines offer everything under the sun — and more
Unlike most other countries, Japan is dotted with thousands of vending machines that allow consumers to buy a wide range of products at any time of the day or night, eliminating the need for inconvenient trips to the store.

Cashless purchase: A woman uses a cell phone with an electronic-money function to buy a beverage from a vending machine.
These days, you can get practically anything out of them: alcohol, soft drinks, cigarettes, instant noodles, "natto" (fermented soybeans) or even underwear. And the machines themselves are becoming ever more sophisticated as they are transformed by state-of-the-art technologies.
Following are some questions and answers about vending machines:
When was the first vending machine invented?
According to the Japan Soft Drink Association, the genesis of the vending machine goes back more than 2,000 years, to devices in Egyptian temples that dispensed water at the drop of a coin.
In Britain in the late 19th century, machines were developed to sell beverages, candy, food, tickets and cigarettes.
In Japan, the first vending machine, a device invented by Koshichi Tawaraya to sell tobacco, appeared in 1888.
The oldest surviving machine, also made by Tawaraya, is a wood-frame contraption that sold postage stamps and postcards and even doubled as a mailbox. But it wasn't until 1962 that the vending machine really took off in Japan, as major American beverage manufacturers brought them in to boost sales, according to the association.

How many vending machines are there?
There are fewer here than in the United States or Europe, but the per capita rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world.
According to the association, the U.S. has around 5.5 million machines, Europe around 3.8 million, and Japan about 2.8 million.
However, in terms of sales, Japan outstrips even the U.S. — ¥6.8 trillion to ¥5.5 trillion — according to the association.
One reason is innovative technology: The same machine here can store both hot and cold drinks, which contributes to stable year-round sales, the industry group said.
"Vending machine penetration is a reflection of domestic peace, safety and economic stability, such as no soaring inflation," the association boasts.
What can be purchased from vending machines?
An astonishing variety of items are available.
Most common, of course, are soft drinks, beer and cigarettes. You might also find instant noodles, popcorn and sweets. If you're lucky you might even find a machine serving "oden," a Japanese stew.
Caught in a downpour, or need a quick gift? Umbrellas and flowers can also be found in machines.
Machines that sell books and newspapers are also popular with commuters.
What other roles do vending machines play?
They are a convenient way of fixing your location. Most have stickers that display the address, which is particularly useful in emergencies, such as when the police or fire department need to be called in.
Some are even designed to provide information in the event of natural disasters. Their screens can issue warnings or evacuation instructions. Some will even dispense drinks for free.
Some machines help citizens contribute to society. Proceeds from some sales go to help wildlife preservation, forestation, child cancer patients or street children.
Other machines are equipped with defibrillators to assist rescuers of heart attack victims.
How can visitors to Japan purchase cigarettes from machines?
With the introduction this year of the taspo card, which has an IC chip that verifies age, it is no longer possible to buy cigarettes from a machine with money alone. Card application forms are available at tobacco shops, from the machines or from the taspo Web site: www.taspo.jp. The site has detailed instructions in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.
The cards are free and are valid for 10 years.
How might vending machines evolve in the future?
Vending machines will likely become interactive, the association said, even to the point of recommending a drink that fits your mood.
Some may one day also be able to judge your health and offer a suitable beverage, the association said.
source : All rights reserved / Japan Times, September 23, 2008

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There are also maschines that sell tickets for eating in a restaurant,
shokken しょっけん (食券)
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In Japan, with a high population density, limited space, a preference for shopping on foot or by bicycle, low rates of vandalism and petty crime, and a small and decreasing number of working-age people, there seems to be no limit to what is sold by vending machines. While the majority of machines in Japan are stocked with drinks, snacks, and cigarettes, one occasionally finds vending machines selling items such as bottles of liquor, cans of beer, fried food, underwear, pornography and sexual lubricants, and potted plants. Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every 23 people.
The first vending machine in Japan was made of wood and sold postage stamps and post cards. About 80 years ago, there were vending machines that sold sweets called "Glico". In 1967, the 100-yen coin was distributed for the first time, and vending machine sales skyrocketed overnight, selling a vast variety of items everywhere.
In Japan, vending machines are known as 自動販売機 (jidō-hanbaiki) from jidō, or "automatic"; hanbai, or "vending"; and ki, or "machine", 自販機 (jihanki) for short.
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Noodle Soups ramen
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Fresh Coffee
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Ice Cream
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Hot Meals at the Highway Stop
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Soft drinks
101 vending maschines automaten drink
Nescofee Nescafe
102 vending maschines automaten nestle

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Food Tickets at the Highway Stop
115 automaten food tickets
114 automaten food tickets at autobahn
Fresh hot drinks
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More instant noodle soups / Nisshin
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Things found on the way


banshaku ni mainichi kayou hanbaiki

for my evening drink
everey night I frequent
the vending maschine 
Isoji 五十路
He is alone and has no family to pour a drink for him.


kajikamu mi jidoo hanbaiki ga terasu

my frozen body -
a vending maschine
casts light on it

Fujita Satoshi 藤田哲史


After the BIG earthquake on March 11, 2011,
companies had to save energy (setsuden) to make ends meet in Kanto and Tohoku.
Vending maschines will be turned off for many hours during the day. Others are now equiped with solar panels that will keep them going for many hours. And others are putting special insulating sheets on the top of the maschines to keep them cooler.

. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011 .

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