TOKYO -- The Toyama Prefectural Government in central Japan has recently placed vending machines selling local specialties in the capital at Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station in Chiyoda Ward and at Haneda Airport in Ota Ward.
A total of 13 kinds of goods are on sale at prices ranging from 120 to 790 yen. Among them are "Fufufu," a new variety of rice from Toyama that debuted on a full scale this autumn. Other items include processed firefly squid and Japanese glass shrimp products, and mobile phone straps with tiny plastic bath buckets attached bearing the name "Kerorin," a painkilling drug made by a local pharmaceutical company that is popular at public baths in Japan.
A staff member of the Toyama Prefectural Government who is in charge of the vending machines said, "We proudly prepared our products which can serve as presents. We hope that they will sell well and we can have a laugh with customers as they try to say, 'Fufufu.'"
(Japanese original by Yasutoshi Tsurumi, Toyama Bureau)