Two things I love about Japan (out of 100) are Vending Machines and " ICOCA JR West Rail Service Mascot for the smart card. The letters are a play on the phrase "IKO KA" an informal... "shall we go" It is a FABULOUS Blue Platypus. The mascot is everywhere in the train station. All I wanted to do was rip one poster off the wall where "She" is carrying a purse and has a "don't mess with me attitude on her face.
The vending machines another big favorite of mine. . . they have everything and I really mean everything and anything you could need. They pop up everywhere. I remember walking home late one night in the very quiet countryside and a little beacon of light came from the vending maching. The lemon water is really great too !
So thanks to my son "sleepytako" ( great blog on Japan by the way) for this picture and memories.
A very happy. . . parsnip
music. . . " Ride On Time ". . . Tatsu Yamashita