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Fall Is When The Vending Machines Change Colors In Japan

Blue tags are cold drinks, hot ones are orange

Here, you don’t need to go out and commune with nature to know when autumn has arrived – all you have to do is check your corner vending machine to see how many of the cold tea offerings have switched over to hot tea.

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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!

3 thoughts on “Fall Is When The Vending Machines Change Colors In Japan Leave a comment

    • Your ship has good taste! That’s my favorite kind of vending machine o-cha, only it’s sold in aluminum bottles, which nearly burn my hands when they first come out of the machine. I’m such a wuss, I only buy it when I’m wearing gloves!

      • We have a heated fridge in the ship store and those hot aluminum bottles are a blessing after spending hours in the meat locker…

        (The meat locker is combat lol)

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