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What are the toy machines "Gacha Gacha" I see around town?

A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items!

“Gacha Gachas” are coin-operated vending machines with capsules containing items from manga, anime and other popular icons – these may be key-chains, cellphone straps or a figure. They remind me of the bubblegum machines in the USA, since people insert coins, turn the crank and out comes a capsule. The contents are usually a collector’s item. The prices range from 100 – 500 yen depending on the quality of the contents of the capsules and are popular among all age groups. These machines can often be found in game centers or at Gashapon specific stores around Tokyo. Take a chance and try one of these machines out!

by RieS

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