Vending Machine in Akihabara was too strange and scary!! Bought some mystery items!!

You might think Akihabara is a sacred place for anime, figure and subculture.
Yes that’s certainly true.
But Akihabara also has another face.

It was first time for me to visit the place.
I’ll show you for the people who are tired of just keep visiting ordinary tourist spots (although this place might also becoming a kind of tourist spot for some people now).

Access

Go out ticket gate of Denkigai exit first.

Denkigai Exit in Akihabara Station

You can see buiding of LABI and Radio Kaikan in front.

Denkigai Exit in Akihabara Station

Turn right and you can get to the main street called Chuo Street (route 437).
Turn left and you can see Manse bridge and Manse building which has face of cow on the top.

Chuo Street and Manse buiding

Manse buidling

And next to this Manse building is the spot.

Mysterious Vending machine

Mysterious Vending machine

Too Weird and Mystery Vending Machine Corner

Yes, this is the place which is known to those in the know.

Vending Machine.

Mysterious Vending Machine in Akihabara

But that’s not an ordinary vending machine you might imagine.
It is too strange or scary!

If you look for coke or coffee, you can find “Beetle” instead!!
But of course that’s not real one, it’s just a toy.

Toy of Beetle

I’ll go inside this small space first.

Into Small Space

Maybe chocolate of soccer ball.

Box of Chocolate of Soccer Balls

It says fish egg.
What?
Fish egg?

Fish Egg

I do not know what they sell anymore.

Something

Story includes dirty jokes are written on the box.
It is 490 yen ($about $4.5).
I wonder what’s inside.

Mystery Box

Later I checked reviews of people who bought this mysterious box.
Inside was Choco Bat after all.
There was a case of cookies and tea bags, too.

Choco bat is a snack bar covered with chocolate.
It is just 20 yen (20 cents) and popular among child.
Actually it is good taste and I myself like it.

Canned snails?

Canned Snails

This sweets looks good.

Canned Sweets

Canned peach.

Canned Peach

Found Kumamon!
This is popular mascot in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan.
I get it!!

Toy of Kumamon

Well, something toy.

Toy of Kumamon

I moved to next corner.

Found honey!

Honey

Why tooth paste suddenly?

And small bells next to it.

Chaotic combination!!

Japanese next to it?
It is just a dirty joke again

Tooth Paste and Small Bells

Canned Yakitori!
Yakitori is Japanese style skewered chicken.
You can usually see this Yakitori in festival or Izakaya (Japanese style bar) but I’ve never seen canned Yakitori in vending machine until today!

Canned Yakitori

It was 450 yen (about $4)
I bought it!

Canned Yakitori

Marbles.
The Japanese says “need marbles, not yours”.
Just a dirty joke!!

Marbles

Emergency food set.
Oh, this is actually useful!
I think canned food, snack, water, etc. are inside.

Emergency Food Set

Oden!
Oden is Japanese style stew.
You can buy it usually in convenience store in winter here.

Canned Oden

Got it!!
I bought another type of Oden.
It was 690 yen (about $6.5).

Canned Oden

This canned Oden is called “Oden Kan” in Japanese and actually popular as a specialty of Akihabara.
Have you ever seen anime “STEINS;GATE”?
Its set is Akihabara and sometimes this Oden Kan appears.

After I came home, I opened it.

Canned Oden

Inside was like this.
Japanese horse radish, Konjac, Quail eggs, Chikuwa (Tube‐shaped fish paste cake), Satsumaage (Deep-fried ball of fish paste), etc. were inside.

Taste?
Well, soso.

Contents of Canned Oden

And found beetles!
For this kind of item, I came all the way here.
But I wonder why they chose beetles.

Toy of Beetle

It was 540 yen (about $5).
Yes, I buy it!

But somehow the machine did not spew the beetle even though I pushed the button a couple of times.
Thankfully money came back so I tried another vending machine outside and thankfully it worked!

Toy of Beetle

Another corner now.

Colorful balls.

Colorful Balls

Bounty balls are 990 yen (about $9.5).

Bouncy Balls

COCONUT MILK!!
990 yen.
And next to the COCONUT MILK is a box which holds story on it.
It starts like this “The Tanakas are poor. Egg and Naturomaki are the dinner everyday.”

Well, I see, OK.

It was 490 yen (about $4.5) and the content is, well, maybe Choco Bat.

COCONUT MILK and Mystery Box

Backed to small space.

Oh, I remember I often bought this gum when I was child.
1 package was just 10 yen (10 cent).
I’m gonna buy it!

Gum

No reaction.
I opened but no gum inside.
I pushed the button several times but no response.

No item dropped from Vending Machine

Finally I noticed the fact that I lost 390 yen ($3.5)!
I did not know how to solve as no staff or telephone number on the vending machine.

What a scary vending machine!!Σ(゚Д゚)

The Japanese on the vending machine says “There’s always gloomy news but we make effort to offer a short laugh everyday for the customers in Akihabara”.
In a way, they offered me a laugh!

Japanese on Vending Machine

Moved back to next corner in which I bought Oden and Yakitori.
I’m going back and forth in this mystery spot, haha.

And found Bell?
OK anything is fine!!

Bell

Oh, this bell is very cold!!
Why did they keep it cool like a juice.
But it was just a prologue before next big surprise.

Bell

Secondhand?

Paint balded on the back!!

This bell was 190 yen ($1.7).

Bell

Found bubbles in vending machine outside.
I must buy this if I were still child.

Haha, I look like getting used to this vending machine.
I was just remembering childhood in front of this chaotic combination of juice, bubbles, chips, beetles.

Bubbles

Gold fish wind bell!!
1390 yen (about $13)

Wind Bell of Gold Fish

Meat sauce for pasta.
But what I should focus is drink next to it.
Japanese bottom of it says “Fixed Temperature”.
Not cold or hot but “Fixed Temperature”.
I see, it might good for your health.

Canned Meat Sauce and Juice of Fixed Temperature

By the ways, what is canned egg on the right for?

Canned Eggs

There was a notice which says “This is not a toilet…”
Actually I could smell a bit inside.
It was not a clean place actually with litters or cans thrown away on the ground.
And there might be people who do, well, I stop it.

Caution

These are the summary of unique or strange items I found or bought here.

Color Balls, Marbles, Bells, Bouncy Balls, Gums, Gold fish wind bell, Toy of Beetles, Oden, Yakitori, Fish Eggs, Tooth Paste, Toy of Kumamon, Meat sauce for Pasta, Snalis, Quail eggs, Mystery Box, etc.

Summary

Mysterious Vending Machine Corner

You might thought why I bought many items here?
I came here to buy present for my friend in overseas.
Don’t tell me I came to the wrong place.

Anyway I can say nowhere in Japan, you can find vending machines which sell this many mystery items.
Did you find something interesting?
Then now is the time to visit.

Don’t let it get you down after your brave challenge.
Go maid cafe directly.
They will comfort you.

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