Whenever I take a trip round Japan, I don’t mind bringing snacks or drinks with me. I leave it to the ubiquitous vending machines. They can be seen in almost every street crook of the country. These easy to use machines dispense not only the common goods like beverages and snacks, but also cigarettes, rice, alcohol, bananas, ties, female underwear, condoms, ice cream, gold bars, instant noodles, and meal tickets. I may have missed the others.