Wow, I've never seen a pizza vending machine... Where did you see it?
There's no lack of automats in Japan, and most of them dispense food tickets. They can be found in many restaurants.
An onsen I went to in Shimokita (the northernmost part of the main island of Japan) a couple of weeks ago actually had an automat that dispensed tickets for entry, bath towels, toothpastes/toothbrushes and shampoo!
Thanks for your continuing support, Lori! I'm merely imparting my personal experiences here in Japan. but I'm happy to know that it's been useful to at least one person~
I also spent a lot of time in the Iga, Ueno, and Koga regions gettng a "feel" for the areas that were instrumental in shaping the Togakure Ryu. During that time I think I may have once even been mistaken for a nature spirit by some monks, and I freaked out a bus driver by appearing on his bus without him noticing
Ian - Pagan Editor
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves."
"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. "