Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How it Works - Liquor Shop Vending Machine

Remember my "Best Vending Machine...Ever" post last month? A few readers filled out the "Contact Katie" section on the right side of the page asking about people under age purchasing from it. I asked my Japanese sensei and she replied back with some answers. Domo arigatou gazaimasu Mizuha sensei for the answers and to my readers for your questions!

Katie-san,

Regarding the first slot of the vending machine, people are supposed to insert the driver’s license in order to identify their age.

Second one, you are supposed to insert the ‘Sake card’ You can buy the ‘Sake Card’---at convenience store. Whenever you want to get the sake card issued, you need to bring your ID in order to identify your age.

After inserting the Sake Card enter their personal identification number (PIN).

After the identification, people insert money and buy liquor.

Usually many Japanese people buy liquor at convenience store, or super market and do not buy liquor from the vending machine. It is easier for us to buy it at the supermarket.

4 comments:

Tiffany said...

Stumbled upon your blog... SO fun! My Navy hubby and I haven't made it to Japan... yet. But it sounds like quite an adventure. Looking forward to hearing more!

Alisa said...

How interesting... I did not even think about the "ID issue" w/ those machines!

Are you glad to be 'home'??
:)

High Heels & Combat Boots said...

Cute blog! Ya'll have been stationed tons of places!! Good for you for keeping your sanity!

WhisperingWriter said...

Very interesting.

We're also a military family. My husband is in the Air Force and we're currently stationed in Wyoming. Before that we were in England for three years.