Tokyo Is Getting a Tomato Vending Machine

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From bras to batteries, Japan is no stranger to unusual vending machines. But its latest peculiar vending machine might make sense. Kinda!

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Japanese food company Kagome, which specializes in tomato-based eats, recently installed a vending machine at a runner's facility in Tokyo. According to The Asahi Shimbun, Kagome hopes the vending machine will highlight the fatigue-reducing, high-nutritional value of tomatoes.

"I recommend runners have one after jogging to supply nutrition," a Kagome official is quoted as saying.

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The vending machine offers two different sizes of tomatoes: a 280-gram bag for 400 yen ($3.80) and a 180-gram bag for 300 yen ($2.80). Stock is replaced every other day to ensure freshness.

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Previously, Japan has seen vending machines with apples and bananas. This tomato one isn't a first, though. Rural Japan has already seen a couple tomato "vending machines," created from converted coin lockers by local fruit and vegetable sellers.

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Kagome's tomato vending machine will be in operation until February 23, when the Tokyo Marathon commences.

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Kagome installs tomato vending machine for Tokyo runners [Asahi]

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Gross!

Can't eat tomatoes straight like that.

Slice it up on a cheeseburger and I am set.