Yes, the rest of the world has vending machines. But no one does drinks on demand QUITE like Japan, where in addition to soda, hot and cold tea, and specialty beverages (milk soda, anyone?) you can grab fresh bananas, hot meals, socks, ramen, and toys. If you don’t know what neighborhood you’re in, they can also act as lo-fi location devices, as regions like the Gion district in Kyoto, Nara, and Shibuya often paint them to reflect the local mascot, culture, and icons. Just make sure to carry your trash with you; vending machines are common, but trash cans are unicorn-level rare.