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Vending Machine Panties


…for your water bottle! (*_*)

Yes, Japanese PET bottles have suddenly developed a taste for modesty after years of flaunting their unseemly summer nudity, and now there are gachagacha vending machines devoted to dispensing adorable undies for every occasion!

But apparently PET bottles aren’t the only inanimate objects suddenly ashamed of their nakedness. I mean, as soon as I stepped out for an onigiri, Daruma-san, maneki neko and even my phone wrestled those drinks to the ground and made off with the new lingerie!

Caught in the act!
Caught in the act!

This series may be sold out by the time you’re next in Tokyo, but there will be plenty more to take its place! If you’d like to discover the latest, greatest gachagacha yourself, a guide to the best gachapon hunting spots in Tokyo (with maps!) is on my travel blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Happy hunting!

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

10 thoughts on “Vending Machine Panties Leave a comment

    • What?! Daruma hasn’t come across with your wish yet? I think I’d better have a little talk with the kami-sama on your behalf, the next time I pass my local Tokyo shrine!

  1. Me either, the weeks are flying by so my excitement levels are through the roof. I am taking extra empty suitcase just to bring back mountains of useless WTF stuff.
    Seriously no comparison in Aus.

    • Or anywhere I’ve ever been! Japan really is the capital of ever-changing cute/weird. I’m sure there will be new great stuff there by the time you arrive, so keep your eyes open and tell me what you find.

      And the extra suitcase is such a smart move. I always swear I’m going to squish an empty duffel bag into my suitcase, then I forget, and have to buy one the morning I leave. (><) I have a HUGE collection of cheap duffel bags now.

  2. Hehehe. I can imagine it’s impossible to visit Japan and not return with at least double what you took over.
    I will absolutely keep you posted of the weird and wonderful finds I make whilst there.
    PS: I’m hanging for your next book, I so enjoyed the last 3. My theory of stretching them till November failed completely as I HAD to know what happens next…. 😊

    • Arg, sorry, been on the road and am just catching up. A big *smooch* to you for the cheering words about the books, and I’m totally looking forward to hearing of your exploits in J-land! You must be counting the days now! (^O^☆♪

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