Matcha flavored! :D!!
Yes, when people say, “Japan has a lot of vending machines right?” It’s true. Or, rather, it’s true for my area, and other city like areas. Truly, I have no idea how it is out in the more spaced out areas of Japan. But, for dense cities and the outskirts of such cities, yes, there are tons. (In my experience) Not to mention other conveniences that my home country does not have.
Beyond vending machines, which to my pleasant surprise sometimes even sport the hot drink dispensary. Want a hot bottle of coffee? Tea? Boom, there you go. Have fun! Really, it is beautiful. Back in the states, we have vending machines, but they’re not as common, nor do they sport a variety of drinks. Usually their sodas, and sometimes water/water-like-products. Perhaps memory fails me, but I don’t remember health drinks in the vending machines back in the states. But that also might be due to where I lived.
Japan also has much nicer transport. This isn’t a fault of my home country as much as it’s the fact that the US is bloody huge. It’s impractical to have public transit in places which are super spaced out. Japan has an advantage that it’s proportionately smaller. Back home, in the U.S., there’s no way in hell I have heard that having a smaller territorial space is a good thing. But, I mean, really, it’s not a bad thing here. Makes it easier to get from A to B, and you don’t have to buy a car. Better for the environment.
711 from what I’ve heard in the states is similar to the Japanese counterpart. In Japan 711 is HUGE, it’s everywhere—and I have never been more in love with a convenience store. I know, in America, there are 711’s and you can get food at them, but personally, I want onigiri, daifuku mochi, and the other assortments of food I cannot name for I have yet to buy them. But, that delves into the terror of returning to the states, which is a topic that is best left to its own separate entry.
Along the lines of easy public transport, there is also ease of getting your teeth checked, your eyes checked, clinics, and so on. There are loads and since you get national health insurance, your guaranteed you’ll be able to go. The fee for dental work is ridiculously cheap. I got one of my wisdom teeth pulled the other week, and for all of it, it ran me about 2 or 3 thousand yen for the operation, and then I think after I got my suture removed, it ran me another thousand. So, translating that back into American money, about 30 bucks? Still, even if the back and forth wasn’t in the yen’s favor, if I worked out here, and made yen normally, it’d still be cheap to have had done.
Well, yes, that’s my little entry on convenience in Japan. Oh, though not though personal experience (yet), there are also capsule hotels a friend of mine uses whenever he visits Tokyo. Very cheap, and efficient
I’m sure I’m forgetting some super awesome things here, but if I remember and it’s post worthy, I’ll pop it on here in its own entry.
That’s all for now,