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!

9 comments:

Tornadoes28 said...

Go for it. You only live once.

C K said...

Come on! You'll never know. At least it'll give you some material to blog about. lol

It's like to machines that you pay to have a chance to hook a softoy of your choice.... only less transparent. :p

Yu Ming Lui said...

c k: yes that's what I thought - those soft toy machines at places where you can take your photo on stickers.

give it a go and tell us what you get!

lina said...

Give it a go! And don't forget to post your photo with your bounty here. Good luck! :-)

Martin said...

Maby you should make a youtube clip from the experience? I would like to see how the machine works.

Mike said...

hehe, good stuff! Looking forward to reading more.

Auberginefleur said...

I am starting to miss My God Jesus. Don't you need him anymore now that you have Ms. Sunshine?

Mr. Salaryman said...

Ok, all your brave words of encouragment has filled me with strength. I will go through with this and try my luck at the magic machine.

I will also try to document this momentous occassion through a video but please be patient until the weekend.

Aub - God-Jesus is here with me and guides me in my everyday life through his wisdom but Ms. Sunshine can do some things that even he can't so they both fill a very important part in my life!

Chris said...

I'll front you the 1000yen (I'll kick it to ya' the next time we meet up)

So it's not even like your spending your money. Your spending mine , and I'm O.K. with it. ;)

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