A Day of Eating in Japan

Rows of drinks on a vending machine
Rows of drinks on a vending machine
Drinks for all tastes © A. Harrison

Japan is a land of vending machines. Standing in a busy subway station in Tokyo, I was amazed at the number of people buying sushi and Bento boxes on their way to work. The sheer volume ensured their freshness, even for sashimi.

In Nara, our breakfast at the youth hostel consisted of hot noodles chosen at random from a vending machine. Coffee came in cans, the colour of the button giving a clue as to the contents: red for hot or blue for icy cold.

Two tins of hot coffee
Two tins of hot coffee
The morning brew © A. Harrison

I’ve had worse coffee. At least it was hot — so hot I could barely hold the can — but the taste was a tad metallic. Each day I bought a different brand, working my way through an unending range to find my god shot. …

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Anne Harrison

At 10 I discovered travel, books and philosophy. Now I pass my days with a camera in one hand, a notebook in the other, looking for the perfect coffee.

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