Lately this new “banana vending machine” in Shibuya got Tokyo dwellers’ attentions.
Dole Japan Ltd. installed the machine on June 23 in a building connected to Shibuya Station. According to the company, it sold more than a thousand of bananas in the first week.
The bananas are supplied three times a week.
To not damage bananas, four layered shock absorber mats are laid on the bottom of the dispensing slot.
It may be good for quick energy charge and convenient but the price is rather expensive; one banana is 130 yen (US$1.50) and a bunch of bananas (600 g) is 390 yen (US$4.40).
Since it was installed, it became a subject of twitter and some media. The person in charge of the vending machine was surprised by the people’s reactions and said “We will install more machines at such places as offices and campuses. Also we would like to develop other fruits’ vending machines.
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wow! we had one of these vending machines at school and i’ve seen them in the hospital only the fruit is either chopped up and packed into bags or there’s a door to open to take it out.
> grub: That’s interesting! And it makes sense because fruits are good for children and sick people. I heard that there is the same banana vending machine at a gym in another prefecture for the people work out there.
Now those should be installed at our schools!! A healthy snack!! XD LOL you made me remember a guy during Philosophy..used to eat a whole bunch of bananas at 8am >.<|| it was hilarious though …with these here he would get to eat much more!!
I'd love it if they made one big vending machine with different kinds of fruit..apples, I'd buy apples! I don't like bananas..
> Natsume1990: The guy must’ve been on Japanese “morning banana diet” or something LOL!! (I wrote about it so if you are interested, please read it.) Yes, that would be cool if there is fresh fruits vending machine, especially for school. And it definitely has apples!
Hehe, his parents owned a fruit shop 😛 Yup! I will! 😀 Yes! It would cut out some of the sugars children get from all the chocolate and snacks! XD yay!