Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Japan is a country that is famous for their technological advances, and I was psyched to see Japanese beer vending machines.  The land of the rising sun gave us the Sony walkman, the dependable car, and karaoke, so it is no surprise that they are ahead of the rest of the world in dispensing snacks and beverages.  Yes, Japan rules the world when it comes to the sophistication of the vending machine.  It boggled my mind that they had vending machines that served hot coffee in cans in the same units that served cold drinks.  How is a square machine able to regulate temperature like that?

Yakov Smirnoff was an Ukrainian born American comedian famous in the 1980s for contrasting Soviet life with American life.  His catch phrase was “what a country,” and he used this every time he joked about the superiority of American conveniences.  I felt a similar sentiment when the photo below was taken.


This entry is a second in a series highlighting the beauty of Japan for the #Japanlife initiative. Check out the hashtag on twitter and go to this website for more information and to read other bloggers that are participating.

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