Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Gateway to my Dreams?
I've lived in Japan now for close to 10 years and I've now gotten completely used to vending machines. It's just part of life and a very convenient thing as well. I think I've seen most of what Japan has to offer in terms of vending machines; rice machines in the country side, flower vending machines in hospitals, porn vending machines in a deserted location in the country side and many many more types I can't recall at the moment. So, like I said, it's just part of life and nothing I really react to anymore, when I travel abroad on the other hand I usually miss the convenience of the vending machines.
However, just last week on my merry way home to my lair I happened to pass by a new vending machine, just a few meters away from my apartment building, that I hadn't noticed before. I stopped, hesitated and then gazed upon its glory. It was like nothing I've ever seen before and it promised me riches beyond my wildest imagination. The picture is what met my eyes.
It didn't have any selection buttons like most normal vending machines and on the front was pictures of the most coveted treasures; brand goods, gaming devices, digital cameras and all kinds of amazing things. I could not believe my eyes, but then I saw the price of one try: 1000 yen... Then I started to think of the risks, what if I couldn't get what I really wanted? What if it was all a big scam? I hesitated, backed off and ran back to the safety of my lair.
But still, now a week has passed and this vending machine has been gnawing in the back of my head. Maybe it's worth just ONE try? Maybe I can become the owner of one of this magic machines treasures?
I still haven't made up my mind, sure, I'm perfectly aware that spending a thousand yen note as toilet paper is probably as meaningful as trying my luck in this machine, but still, the more I think about it the more curious I get. I've never seen one of these types of machines before. I know of such vending machines for kids with toys and stuff, but this one is squarely aimed at the grown-up market. Rest assured that if I try my luck, you will be the first to know!