Weird and Wonderful Vending Machines #2

About 8 months ago, I was on an afternoon walk when I noticed a really bizarre vending machine. It was an antique, rusty old thing, that looked like it had travelled in time. And of all things, it sold batteries! Seeing this actually inspired me to start a series of ‘weird and wonderful vending machines‘ posts. So, I went on the search. But…. as luck would have it, after weeks of searching, the most interesting machines I could find were ones selling ice cream, hot meals, cigarettes and alcohol. Nothing special. Feeling defeated, I gave up the search.

But isn’t it always the case: when you reeeally want to find something, you cannot, then when you stop searching, that’s when it magically appears! Well, I was out and about around Yoyogi Park just the other day when something stopped me dead in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it. I had found another vending machine! Despite saying ‘cigarettes’ on the inside, this one sold jewellery!! I really don’t know who would actually buy a set of earrings from this box. It definitely has seen better days. Nevertheless, it was both weird and wonderful! Perhaps the search is back on!Jewellery vending machineJewellery vending machine

Sakura Season Has Begun!

Yesterday, the cherry blossom season was officially declared here in Tokyo. Wohoo!! I’m so excited. It’s been a long, cold winter, with more snow than usual. The cherry blossoms are blooming later than normal this year because of that. The peak of the season is predicted to be around April 5. I will return from my snowboarding trip just in time for the peak it seems >_< Bad planning on my part!! But I already have a few hanami parties lined up so I will definitely be making the most of it.

At Yoyogi Park yesterday, the petals had just started to come through.

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At Yasukuni Shrine, they have set up a live camera to show the progress of the blooming!!

Check it out here >> http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/annai/sakuralive.php