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JidouHanbaiKi -- Vending machines

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:38 pm
by Tetsuwan Penguin
I found this video on youtube:

Ken Cannon runs the website "Japanese Through Anime", and he has offered a $300-400 on line course to teach the language from an Anime - and - conversational level.

Anyway, in this video he talks about vending machines, which he says are all over Japan, they are much more common there, being found on every street it seems. Most sell drinks, (soft, coffee/tea, and hard), some sell cigarettes (those require scanning an ID for purchase to prove age). He wondered why the Japanese are so fond of these machines, but then again, vending machines are a kind of robot, right?

I don't know what city the video takes place in, but it seems to be in a modern part of a large city, just outside of the center (streets are narrow, but well traveled, and I can see the overhead wires for electric trolley busses).

BTW he explains that the long word jidouhanbaiki when broken down means "Automatic selling machine". Makes sense.

Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:35 pm
by Windswept Cloak
jidou = Automatic (Chinese reading = "Zhi-dong")
hanbai = selling (Fan-mai)
ki = machine (Chi)

the phrase "jidouhanbaiki" is pronounced "Zhi-dong fan-mai chi" in Chinese. :) Some Japanese and Chinese phrases sound quite similar to due using identical characters.