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Trivia: Hina Matsuri

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Hello JapanLovers!

For today’s trivia, we’re going to share information about “Hina Matsuri” or “Doll Festival”.

[About Hinamatsuri]
Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3.

Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. [source: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri]

[More info]
This is a festive event held on March 3rd when hina ningyo dolls are decorated in homes where there are daughters. It is also called Momo-no-Sekku (Peach Festival). Displayed on the a tiered doll-stand are gorgeous hina ningyo dolls together with miniature articles and furniture. And offerings of diamond-shaped rice cakes, sweet and peach blossoms are made to accompany prayers for the healthy growth and happy future of the daughters. There is also the custom of cooking clams and short-necked clams, these dishes decorate the doll-stand and are served as a special dinner for this feast. [source: www.jnto.go.jp/…/attractions/event/tradi…/a70b_fes_hina.html]

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Trivia: Japanese Vending Machines

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Hello Japan Lover Me Friends!

For today’s trivia, let’s talk about Japanese Vending Machines~!

[According to Wikipedia]
Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every twenty-three people.

The first vending machine in Japan was made of wood and sold postage stamps and post cards.

In Japan, vending machines are known as jidō-hanbaiki (自動販売機) from jidō, or “automatic”; hanbai, or “vending”; and ki, or “machine”, jihanki (自販機) for short. Vending machines are also commonly used in casual restaurants to sell meal tickets, similar to automats: one purchases a meal ticket from a vending machine, then presents the ticket to a server, who then prepares and serves the meal. These are referred to as 食券機 (shokkenki, “food ticket machine”).

[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vending_machine#Japan]

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[What makes Japan’s vending machines unique?]
Japan’s vending machines sell a wide variety of goods, from obvious items such as drinks (including beer and other alcoholic beverages!), cigarettes and food, through to toys, card games, written oracles, books and umbrellas.

Around half of the vending machines in Japan sell drinks, and this has led to the development of proprietary technology such as that which enables both “attakai” (hot) and “tsumetai” (cool) drinks to be housed inside the same vending machine.

Some vending machines now display their products on touch-panel displays. People can buy what they want simply by touching the display, although the machine will also suggest other products that it thinks are perfectly suited to the customer. If you visit railway stations in Tokyo, you can experience for yourself next-generation vending machine models that are just like the near-future vending machines often seen in movies. The products displayed change to reflect the season or time of day, etc., and when no one is standing in front of the machine it becomes a giant animated character putting out messages and promoting new products.

Sensors installed in the vending machine automatically estimate the user’s age and gender, and then appropriate product suggestions are made. For example, young women may be recommended types of water containing vitamins or jasmine tea, while male employees returning from work may receive suggestions for coffee or energy drinks.

[Source: http://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/1208_vending.html]

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