Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In 1999 I came across a vending machine of used panties while hiking through Japan. Apparently it was made illegal in 1993, but still in 1999 they seem to be wide spread. Is this still the case, or are these vending machines no longer part of Japanese civilization.

Seems like an ultimate photo souvenir and I still regret not making a picture as proof for my strange experiences in Japan. People just don't believe this story.

share|improve this question
Andra Grimm?? lol – Heidel Ber Gensis May 15 '13 at 20:46
Related: – mouviciel May 16 '13 at 8:14
I asked on . The people who replied (all Japanese) said that they'd never seen one. – Andrew Grimm May 18 '13 at 3:21
@AndrewGrimm they did exist: – user141 May 18 '13 at 6:47

I am not sure if the machines still exist. But I have seen those being offered in Japanese Sex shops, for example in the Akihabara District in Tokyo. However, there is of course no telling if they are real. I can very well imagine that these are just normal panties, claimed to be used.

For the vending machine itself, there are two things involved here: A vending machine (自動販売機) and a vendor of used girls clothing. Those include by the way also school uniforms etc (ブルセラ). Or simply "pants selling vending machine" (パンツの自動販売機orパンツの自販機) If you want to scour google search while using translate, you might find something. I went through a couple of search results and could not identify any clear hint of this still existing.

share|improve this answer
To be clear. I am not interested in buying used panties. The souvenir value is the vending machine, not its contents – user141 May 16 '13 at 13:46
@Andra Too late mate. I guess both our reputations are down the drain now :) – uncovery May 16 '13 at 13:54
@Andra Yes, of course. That's what they say all. – André Peseur May 16 '13 at 17:12
@uncovery And it is too late to delete the question... – Heidel Ber Gensis May 16 '13 at 18:07
I'd rather see new panties claimed to be used, than the reverse... – Flimzy May 19 '13 at 9:44

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.