|Found within every square meter of Tokyo|
Everyone who knows me in Japan knows that I have a problem with jihanki. I spend a good 600 yen a day on drinks from these things. But the funny thing is, even if two vending machines are around the corner from one another and have the same offerings, one will be cheaper than the other. Sometimes it is because one is on the main street (more expensive) and one is in a side street (cheaper). But I've seen it where the same street has the same drink for two different prices. Weird....
Vending machines are also interesting for their drink selections themselves. Many of them have drinks that are either hard to find in convenience stores or are sold exclusively in vending machines. For example, the DBZ "Power Squash" shown below has only been spotted by me in a vending machine (and out of the way vending machines, at that). Vending machines also switch their menus seasonally, offer a larger selection of hot drinks during fall and winter time (as well as many of them selling canned corn soup.............. no comment). But caution, these supposedly "warm" drinks can burn your hands, especially the ones that come in cans. Their best enjoyed wearing gloves.
1.) Discount 100 yen vending machines are discount for a reason.
2.) Never pass up a good deal or a rare find. It'll be gone before you know.
3.) Super-hero themed drinks DO taste much better.
4.) Use vending machines as an opportunity to get rid of all your 10 yen coins.
5.) Never ever try to understand how the vending machine economy works.