We’ve all heard about the vending machine culture in Japan. You can get practically anything from hot ramen noodles, bananas, eggs even fishing lines and fishing hooks - you name it, it’s in a vending machine somewhere in Japan.
It’s big business. Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita - with one machine for every 23 people. The machines reportedly rake in around 60 billion dollars in sales every year - and that’s a conservative estimate. And since Japan introduced such services as the “Osaifu-Keitai”, you can use your cellphones to pay for items bought from the vending machines. Life couldn’t possibly get any easier than that.
But Japan may have its reputation as the world’s top destination for vending machine weirdness challenged.
In the very busy city of Nanjing in China, for as little as $2, you can now get your pincers on a little hairy “Dazha” crab straight out of a vending machine.