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News from Japan - February 10, 2022

Vending machines of frozen take-out meals are multiplying in Japan

Vending machines of frozen take-out meals in Japan

While Japanese restaurants have undergone strict sanitary measures, the solution seems to have been found to keep their customers.

Over 1,000 frozen takeaway food vending machines have been installed in Japan.

To compensate for the loss of traffic, distributors allow customers to serve themselves. The Ringer Hut company, for example, offers six types of frozen meals in its vending machine, located in front of its restaurant.

These dishes are ready to be eaten in two minutes and have enabled the brand to increase its sales of frozen meals by two and a half.

The chain, now with distributors in 25 restaurants, plans to install 55 within a year.

This type of service, frozen food vending machines, has significant room for growth. In Japan, there are 2.5 million machines for soft drinks, but only 70,000 machines serving meals. In the United States, for example, there are 3 million beverage machines and 1.5 million meal machines.

Also, Japan can take advantage of its low crime rate to install these vending machines outdoors, unlike other countries.

An innovative cutlery makes it easy to eat your ramen

Spoon and fork innovative cutlery makes it easy to eat your japanese ramen

If you're having trouble eating your ramen with your chopsticks, don't worry.

The Japanese, always so innovative, have designed cutlery specific to the tasting of Japanese noodles. It is a kind of fork-spoon.

This allows both to recover noodles, but also toppings and the broth that accompanies everything. There are several types of cutlery, depending on the budget. The best known, from the Sugakiya brand, are available at a price of 1,980 yen (nearly 15 euros). The “Scoon” fork, which can be found in the Daiso store, is only 110 yen (0.76 euros).

A restaurant-igloo welcomes many visitors

A restaurant-igloo welcomes many visitors in the prefecture of Nagano

Nagano Prefecture, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998, is world famous for winter sports enthusiasts.

Every year, during the winter season, another attraction brings travelers together: twenty igloos in the Kamakura village. These are more precisely restaurants-igloos. There, a local meal is served: noroshi nabe (fondue made from miso, vegetables and pork).

Lunch is served for 3,700 yen (about 28 euros) and dinner is 4,200 yen (32 euros). This concept ends at the end of February, giving way to rice fields in the following seasons.

The advantage of this type of restaurant, during a pandemic, is that it respects barrier gestures. You are gathered in the same igloo, without having any contact with the rest of the clientele.

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