Thursday, June 24, 2010
Will Miss #190 - hot vended drinks
One of my first experiences of "whoah, that's unusual" when I came to Japan for a vacation in 1989 was was with the fact that drinks are sold in bottles and cans heated. While you can buy hot drinks in the U.S., they're usually from specialty machines like coffee machines that drop a cup and liquid pours down into it. In Japan, you find that hot and cold drinks are sold from the same machine and that there are "hot cases" in convenience stores next to the refrigerated cases.
When you're cold in winter and just want something warm on the go, this option for hot drinks is very satisfying and I'll miss it.