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3 things you will (probably) like in Japan

1. Fresh meat and fish. Almost everyone who comes to Japan for the first time is astonished by the freshness and deliciousness of Japan-grown meat and fish. Later they may be disappointed with the high prices at the supermarket, but let them stay ignorant for a little while. They are delighted to hear about massages for cows while savoring their juicy, out-of-this world wagyu steak, are eager to wake up at 2 or 3 am to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, and will beg you to stop at almost every sushi restaurant on your way.

FullSizeRender__1441008783_18407They may even order California roll and proudly state this is the best kind of sushi! (Just don’t try to mention that it does not contain any fish or that it was invented outside of Japan).

FullSizeRender__2___1441008807_574352. Cakes and other sweets are miniature, seasonal works of art. Go to the basement floor of any large department store in Ginza, Shinjuku or Nihonbashi to see for yourself. Sweets eaten during the tea ceremony are so beautiful that you may be reluctant to eat them.

P1080887__1441008487_673023. Vending machines. These can be found literally everywhere. In the middle of the hot summer you can cool yourself down with more than 10 kinds of cold beverages, and in the fall or winter you can warm your hands and boday with a can of hot corn or azuki soup, coffee or tea.

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Sometimes you will stumble across vending machines with cartons of juice or milk (they even have my favorite almond milk!) or cigarettes. At shopping centers and home centers there are vending machines with small toys; at historical sites, TV studios and most observation decks you will find vending machines with memorial souvenirs. Vending machines with packages of sliced apples or ice-cream are specially designed for people who are in desperate need of vitamin C or carbs while commuting.

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As for the more unusual vending machines you’ve probably heard of, I think they are more urban myth than reality.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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