Sex Toy Maker Proves You Can Buy Nearly Anything From A Japanese Vending Machine

Photo: All photos Tenga

While the vast majority of vending machines in Japan sell drinks, there have been examples of a wide variety of goods offered ranging from bananas to books. Now there is a new vending machine selling masturbatory aids.

Sex toy maker Tenga has been clever about how it brands itself. Last year, for example, it released a Transformers-style Tenga toy and prior to that it created its own Power Rangers inspired character.

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Stocked with Tenga’s popular Cup and Spinner product line, the vending machines have been installed in Sapporo and are obscured by a privacy curtain. The machines also sell Tenga Night Charge, a sexy-time energy drink.

According to the official release, around three hundred people visited the vending machines on August 1 when the machines were open to the public. The machines do require valid ID. For some, this might be less embarrassing shopping experience.

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If this test location does well, expect more Tenga machines to open in other cities in Japan. 

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.