Didn’t read Part I of our trip report? You should be embarrassed! Go read it right now before all your friends point and laugh at you.
I will admit that my first impression of Tokyo-Narita Airport was not favorable. Where was the futuristic Blade Runner design everybody was telling me Tokyo had in abundance? Narita was gray and plain–did we just fly halfway around the world for a carbon copy of Philadelphia International Airport??
Thankfully, once you get past customs, you truly enter the Japan of your dreams: efficient and multiple modes of public transportation connect the airport to Tokyo, there’s new and exotic candy at the airport shop, and most importantly of all, seemingly crazy and elaborate vending machines!
I love how nearly all of the drink vending machines actually have these displays in the door so you know exactly what you’re getting. I’m not sure if it’s really that big of a deal and is kind of a space-killer compared to American vending machines, but having the actual product showcased to us consumer whores is somehow very appealing.
Above, Lance enjoys the peach tea concoction for which we never learned the actual name. We instead referred to it by its slogan: HAPPY UP!
…We then proceeded to spend the next seven days checking every vending machine we stumbled across (and man, there are a ton. Seriously, vending machines just in the middle of city blocks, on every train platform and inside every home!) for Happy Up! (more…)