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A Homemade Meal From a Vending Machine, Only In Japan

In Japan, vending machines generally sell beverages and simple, readymade provisions. But fresh curry over rice? You bet. Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine selling tantalizing homemade meals. Even better? The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm.

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In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare.This machine in particular caught our attention because it combines the Japanese people’s fondness of vending machines with their love of a dish that is extremely popular in Japan.

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And what might that dish be? We’ll give you a hint — it’s golden brown in color and has a delightfully rich and spicy aroma that’s sure to make your mouth water…


Yes, it’s curry and rice from a vending machine! Here in Japan, we definitely love our curry, so much so that curry is often called one of Japan’s nationally beloved foods. Really, what could be better than a machine that instantly gives you a hot serving of ready to eat curry and rice?

Actually, as much as curry is loved in Japan, a curry vending machine is not common at all, which is why an article was written about it in the first place. And what’s even more amazing, this machine is no sophisticated piece of modern technology — it’s been in operation for about 30 years now!