A Homemade Meal From a Vending Machine, Only In Japan

In Japan, vending machines generally sell beverages and simple, readymade provisions. But fresh curry over rice? You bet. Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, you’ll find a rare vending machine selling tantalizing homemade meals.

Even better? The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm.

In a country that prides itself on the freshness of its food, Yoshimoto has set a new standard for readymade fare. This machine combines the Japanese people’s fondness of vending machines with their love of a dish that is extremely popular in Japan.