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JAPANESE DIRTY UNDERWEAR VENDING MACHINES, OTAKU SHOPPING AT NAKANO BROADWAY. ANIME MANGA STORES TOKYO.


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Domo arigato, Mr. Robato! Most people think of Akihabara as Tokyo’s otaku (nerd) district, populated by maid cafes, anime, manga, video games and electronics. But Nakano Broadway, an indoor shopping complex, is possibly more specialized. With bits of naughtiness thrown into the mix.

Want to see photos of Japan’s infamous underwear-vending machines? Keep reading…

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Nakano is a five-minute subway ride from Shinjuku Station on the Chuo Express. You know you’re on the right track when you see obsessive fans gathered for an idol’s appearance.

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The large Don Quixote store sold pink salamanders as pets. The fuzzy green ball is also an aquatic creature. Ah, symbiosis.

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Note that they used a Scottish Fold cat to model this pet cooling mat. I’m itching to see the Dracula musical…

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Broadway arcade is lined with small, indie stores that vend vinyl figurines and comic/cartoon memorabilia. My eyes drifted to Sebastian from Black Butler, and the Hide guitar goodies.

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Vintage collectibles, such as these robotos.

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Do vending machines that sell used panties truly exist in Japan? Indeed, for the low price of 500 yen.

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You can also pick up a Tenga “device” and “special” DVD for self-pleasure.

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You’ll come across some sketchy material in Nakano.

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At the same time, there are cute characters all over.

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Have you ever been to Broadway arcade in Nakano? What do you think of the otaku goods and underwear machines?

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  1. Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Last year when I was in Tokyo my friend from Fukushima showed me Nakano. One whole day only Otaku stores, Otaku stores and even more Otaku stores… it was great and terrible at the same time and my feet hurt like hell… but I didn’t see any underwear vending machines there.
    Therefore lots of other nice things! <3 And at the end of the day I ate Katsudon there. *yummy!*

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

      That’s awesome! A lot of people miss Nakano when they visit Tokyo, so it’s great you got to see it.

  2. Posted September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    In all my time in Japan I’ve never been to Akihabara much, but your expose on Nakano Broadway has got me interested!!

    Haha the Dracula Musical looks like it’s going to turn out really campy and cheesy :P, but worth a watch just for the lolz.

    I’m surprised that the used underwear are sold for only 500yen. I wonder how much the ladies/men who contribute them get paid for their works, if at all :-S

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

      Funny eh? I would love to see that musical.

  3. Posted September 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Urban myths revealed to be … true. Say what?

  4. Posted September 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

     lol, i dont think you were suppose to snap a shot of that robot :Pand my husband was surprised when he saw the used panties photo, even though i heard about this years ago!

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

      oooooopppppppppps ;)

  5. Posted September 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Carmina! I never went to Nakano, but my boyfriend visited the Mandarake there and said it was crazy! I love Don Quixote, though — I’ve been to the one in Shinjuku. SO MUCH TO LOOK AT. I’d be interested to learn about a company that has those used underwear machines – so weird!!  <3 <3 <3 xoxox

    MaDonna
    http://www.memadonna.com

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

      Hi dear! Don Quixote is such a fun place to browse for cosmetics and nail polish and… everything!!
      :)

  6. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Wow, I want an axolotl. I can’t believe they sell them at Don Quijote. xD They’re so cute!

  7. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Think yourself luck its not my dirty underwear… would be scary :-D

  8. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    That is an interesting thing though. It seems there are vending machines for everything nowadays. Now if only they had a electronics vending machine…

  9. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    This has elicited the obligatory “WTF?!” from me

  10. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    what will they think of next lol

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

       Heh, probably best not to ask since, as one person put it, one of Japan’s chief exports is the crazy. ;)

  11. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

     mmmm! 

  12. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

     ooh dirty, sexy lol

  13. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    So they do exist! My friends kept talking about them before I went to Japan, but I never found any while I was there.

  14. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Dirty underwear meaning like lingerie or real dirty underwear?

  15. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    HAHA Nakano sounds like fun, I’d love to go there, even though I’m not really into dirty underwear – I change mine every day!

  16. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I knew about the vending machines =P I think it’s kind of disgusting. If you’re going to sell underwear, at least let it be clean xD

  17. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    What’s with Japanese guys smelling drity underwear. I like lingerie but clean and on women before they take it off or better nude.

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

      Hormones, some guys like their woman a little ripe and I’ve kind of learned some of those smells woman hate on other woman…Even if its unintentional. Repels some woman and attracts men.

      • Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        Very interesting!

      • Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

        This is how you know lesbians are messed up on every level, all the way down to their hormones and sexual attractiveness receptors, brain wiring, etc. Look into videos by DR CURTIS DUNCAN on youtube, regarding how plastics and other toxins screw up hormones. For men it’s even worse. An interesting question would be this: Would the dirty panties of (lesbian) “ELLEN” (daytime television star in USA) be as sexually attractive and powerful for normal heterosexual males as, say, the dirty panties of a non-lesbian ?

  18. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I thought than was an urban legend, like alligators in the sewers

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      Nopppeee

      • Posted September 24, 2011 at 3:43 am | Permalink

        Even I knew those exist.

  19. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

     i have seen a short british documentary about this on youtube, i think i still have the link !!!

  20. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Wow, so it really ISN’T a myth. Japanese dirty underwear vending machines..

  21. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    The dirty panty machines still exist? I thought the Japanese government tried to get rid of them.
    Glad to know my fellow hentai can get their fresh packs of shoujo undies.

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      They are back, and reasonably priced2

  22. Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    thought they got rid of the vending machines a few years ago o.o

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      baby they’re back!

  23. Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Question: How does one know if the person that was wearing it didn’t have an infection? This is scary.

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      I wonder if there’s some sort of regulation, lol

      • Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        It would be weird and funny to imagine that a health inspector would stop at their officies.

  24. Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    who in their right mind would buy dirty underwear…? yet who is normal now a days

  25. Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I have been 3 times, but the last time I went it was a Tuesday or Wednesday and like a ghost town, only 3 of the shops were open, same thing happened at den den taun in osaka, and didnt have time to revisit either on that trip >.< My poor friend never saw the wonders.

    Anyone know why certain weekdays everything seems shut in Japan?

    • Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      It’s true, the shops are often closed in Nakano Broadway. They closed relatively early the day that we visited.

  26. Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

     They probably have the vending machines in case tourists accidentally…well, you know.

  27. Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Nakano-Broadway is hunting grounds for kaiju toy collectors too… and Aoba ramen is there. I love that area!

  28. Posted September 25, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Yup, it is very true. I asked my friends about it and they said they pay the girls more when they provide pictures with them OO

  29. Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I like how they black out the girls eyes on the machines.  “Oh No I can’t see your eyes I have no clue who you are!”

  30. Posted September 26, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    EEEK! I u<

    • Posted September 26, 2011 at 5:18 am | Permalink

      Seba is hot :)

  31. Posted September 28, 2011 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Ah that place looks awesome and I never knew it existed! I must put it on the list of places to visit on my trip. 
    I also would totally go see Dracula musical… and maybe also a pink salamander xD
    So many weird vending machines in Japan

    • Posted September 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      yeahhh it’s a great neighborhood to browse/

  32. Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    They mean Dirty like sexy.

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  33. Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    We went here today – the vending machines are still there. Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Posted November 18, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Crazy question…but isn’t 500 yen like, $3? Seems like that’s cheaper than new panties from a store…which makes you wonder how much money can be in the business in the first place?

  35. Posted April 23, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    We’re in the arcade now, where are the vending machines???

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