[Easy English Blog] Simple and Convenient

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Do you know the English name for the machine in the photo?

It is a “vending machine“.

Here in Japan, vending machines are ubiquitous ( = very common/existing everywhere).

It is said that Japan has more vending machines than any other country.

They are called jido hanbaiki.  自動(jido = automatic) 販売 (hanbai = vending) 機 (ki =machine).

 

Today, I went for a drive. I went up into the mountains. At the top of the mountain, there were no cars and no people.

But…that’s right….there was a vending machine! I was very glad to see the machine because I needed a drink! 🙂

 

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Many years ago, we could buy beer and cigarettes from vending machines very easily.

A few years ago, a new system was introduced to stop young children and teenagers buying beer and cigarettes.

Now, if you want to use these machines, you need an ID card to prove your age.

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Some people don’t like vending machines.

They say that they don’t look nice in the countryside. Other people say they use too much electricity.

I like them. I think they are simple and convenient. If you are out and very far from any shops, no problem! There is probably a vending machine on the next corner! 🙂

Forgot your umbrella and it has started to rain? No problem! There’s a vending machine for you too!

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