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The Overly Realistic Caterpillar Vending Machine

"Ewww" is the same in any language.
“Ewww” is the same in any language.

I thought I’d found the oddest product you could buy from a vending machine when I spied the one selling rubber sea slugs, but I think I’m going to have to give the grand prize to the one that dispenses anatomically correct plastic caterpillars instead. These are so detailed, any one of the six horrid varieties would be enough to traumatize your sister for life.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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    • I think I saw this one at Korakuen subway station, near the entrance to the Marunouchi Line. They also have them at toy and electronics stores, like LAB1 and Yodabashi Camera!

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