Panty Vending Machines

By Michael Gakuran | | Japan | 39 Comments |

Underwear! In vending machines! I’d heard the stories for years, at how select dodgy locations in Akihabara and other districts are home to the peculiarity of vending machines that dispense underwear. Particularly infamous are the tales of the machines that dispense *used* underwear…

pantiesThankfully this was just your ‘standard’ machine, throwing out fresh panties and all manner of sex-related products. Still, it checked yet another box on my mental list of vending machine variations. I’ve now seen machines that dispense hot food, rice, flowers, canned ramen and oden, books as well as the ubiquitous cigarette and drinks machines.

So today your intrepid explorer will share with you the discovery of the panty vending machine. Maybe these things are common, but I for one hadn’t come across one before. I was especially surprised because it was there, sitting amongst a line of regular drinks machines along a roadside in Kumamoto. I guess when the opportunity calls it needs to be conveniently accessible!

roadside

I was just innocently passing my eyes over the row of 激安 (mega-cheap) vending machines, looking for a thirst-quenching drink on a hot summer day, when I was greeted with a rather suspicious machine. Tucked between a couple of drinks machines was a machine with a decidedly pink-looking interior. Over in Japan, ‘pink’ is the equivalent of ‘blue’ used as a euphemism for adult material…

vending-machine

What have we here? 勝負下着 (battle underwear)! It refers to the underwear women (or men, I suppose) wear to impress their date. You know the type – leopard skin pants or fishnet stockings. How about a pair of lycra longjohns..? *shudder*

panties

Not here though. Instead you can buy from a wide range of nurse underwear, actress underwear, or should the occasion call for it, schoolgirl underwear. For reference, the 1000 yen price tag is about 5 pounds.

underwear-varieties

And don’t forget the protection. Including grape and ramune flavour (a type of carbonated soft drink sold in Japan).

condoms

But wait! What’s this here..? I see another sign, not far from the panty machine.

sign

「無人自動販売機コーナー」 – An unmanned vending machine corner, I read. Unmanned eh..?

unmanned machine

Ho hoo… A secret 裏 vending machine area! The wonders of being able to read Japanese ^^;

secret corner

And here we find magazines and DVDs. On re-consideration I guess that is a practical use for a vending machine. People can avoid the embarrassment of going into a shop to buy adult magazines and DVDs. Interestingly enough, I went here both in the day and night to take pictures. In the daytime, the machines were not lit up, making it very difficult to see inside. I’m not sure if it even worked before 6pm… Still, if that is a measure to protect children, why then is the other machine out in broad daylight??

magazines

Ahh well. That brings me to the close of this little adventure. Oh, and on a side note, I did also stumble upon *used* underwear for sale! It wasn’t in a vending machine, but one of the shops crammed into Akihabara, the popular electronics district in Tokyo. There were photos of the women who had worn the underwear along with the matching garment up for sale! I guess they have to cater for everybody’s needs… o.O; I found it hard to believe such items were for sale before I saw them for myself! Unfortunately it was in a store and I didn’t particularly want to draw attention to myself trying to photograph them o.O;;. But rest assured, it seems you can find pretty much anything there X_X.

Next time should be a more ‘wholesome’ post… ^^;. Adventures in the magical forests of Yakushima and prancing with beautiful sea creatures.

39 comments on “Panty Vending Machines
  1. anon says:

    “Over in Japan, ‘pink’ is the American ‘blue’ for adult stuff…”

    As an American, what? Not sure where you are from but there is no connotation of the color blue and adult content here. If anything, blue and pink are often used for new born babies, blue is for boys and pink is for girls.

  2. Anonymous says:

    omg wtf

  3. 1891892 says:

    Why japanese just can not widding and smells trousers of their wifes every day?

  4. mark says:

    Thanks for the article. I heard about the panty machines in the movie The Informant, and just thought it was another jab at Japan like a lot of western movies are apt to do for some reason. But its true! I still really want to visit Japan. Now I'm going to have to see if the rumors of rape-porn being popular in Japan are true, and if there really is a man in my community who likes to re-heat menstrual fluid-laden undies in the microwave and masturbate.

  5. Nino says:

    I wish we had these here in Slovenia… :) A very good ‘photo story’. I see you know how to find your way in Japan :)

  6. Nino says:

    I wish we had these here in Slovenia… :) A very good ‘photo story’. I see you know how to find your way in Japan :)

  7. nathan says:

    Hey dude, I’m in Japan right now and have heard these stories too, but searched in vain. I have yet to find these sort of vending machines. Mind if I ask where it was you found these?

  8. nathan says:

    Hey dude, I’m in Japan right now and have heard these stories too, but searched in vain. I have yet to find these sort of vending machines. Mind if I ask where it was you found these?

  9. reesan says:

    duuuuuude! keep up the good work in exploring the quirky and wacky japanese sub-culture. cool article. i thought about swinging by kumamoto until i looked it up on the map. :-)

    • Mike says:

      Thanks Lee. I took a look at your blog too. Looks nice, and your family seems happy ^^. I’m trying to get back out to Kansai myself this year!

  10. reesan says:

    duuuuuude! keep up the good work in exploring the quirky and wacky japanese sub-culture. cool article. i thought about swinging by kumamoto until i looked it up on the map. :-)

    • Mike says:

      Thanks Lee. I took a look at your blog too. Looks nice, and your family seems happy ^^. I’m trying to get back out to Kansai myself this year!

  11. locohama says:

    Great find!
    Funny pictures!

    Loco

  12. Locohama says:

    Great find!
    Funny pictures!

    Loco

  13. Mike says:

    Hi Blake. I appreciate your comment.

    Could you explain a little more what you mean please? I don’t claim to be an expert on Japanese culture, but I read somewhere that these machines do not work before 6pm. I just supposed it was to protect children. Can you enlighten me?

  14. Mike says:

    Hi Blake. I appreciate your comment.

    Could you explain a little more what you mean please? I don’t claim to be an expert on Japanese culture, but I read somewhere that these machines do not work before 6pm. I just supposed it was to protect children. Can you enlighten me?

  15. Blake says:

    Protect children? For someone skilled in reading Japanese you seem to know little about the culture or the people.

  16. Blake says:

    Protect children? For someone skilled in reading Japanese you seem to know little about the culture or the people.

  17. Mike says:

    Yup! I wonder just how common they are in Japan..?

  18. Mike says:

    Yup! I wonder just how common they are in Japan..?

  19. Tomomi says:

    haha I’ve never seen this kind of vending machine before!! lol
    But it’s in Japan!!!!!! omg!!

  20. Tomomi says:

    haha I’ve never seen this kind of vending machine before!! lol
    But it’s in Japan!!!!!! omg!!

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