A Blogger Taking The Same Vendor Machine Photo For More Than 5 Years

A Japanese blog “Watashi ha Mainichi (no you ni) Jidou Hanbaiki no Shashin wo Totte imasu. Gomen-nasai” [J], which means “I am taking a photo of the vendor machine (almost) every day. Sorry”, is a blog dedicated for the same coca cola vending machine in Sapporo, Hokkaido with over 5 years’ successful story.

The blog started on August 5th, 2005. The blogger Ryuichi Ikeda has been taking a coca cola vending machine about 20 days every month, which seems his working day. Now the number of photos (and the blog posts) are about 1,300, in over 5 years.

On recent entries, you see the photos of the same date in past years. He records all canned and bottled beverages name, quantity and price after photo.

Most of the posts are titled “Henka Nashi”(nothing changed). When any changes happen, he writes how the placement and the sold drink are modified on the day.

Sometimes the blog readers will mail him on unrecorded changes he had overlooked. He also records which cans are changed from hot to cold, cold to hot as seasons change.

The biggest change on this unchanged blog was on 2009-08-07 to 2009-08-08. The original machine,

was replaced with the new one,

According to Ikeda, The new machine supports Edy, one of the most popular e-money available on IC card and cellphone.

On the profile, he states that his least favorite byword is “Endurance makes you stronger”. The favorite vendor machine is “if I have it, I must be a freak”.

He began this blog because “I dislike troublesome tasks and wanted to find easy contents you can update within 5 minutes. I feel angry when there are changes on the vendor machine as it makes me write more”. He also confessed on the 3rd anniversary of the blog that he got this idea on the first death anniversary of his younger sister, who loved foolish and nonsense things.

For the case you want to see higher resolution photos of them, he uploads them on Flickr, too.

There is a fan-made tetris-like game featuring the vendor machine photos from the blog,

See Also:

Japan’s First Banana Vending Machine Debuts In Shibuya

Vending Machines Get More Intelligent, They Recommend You What To Drink

Japan’s Prime Ministar Begins Blog

Naoto Kan, Japan’s 94th prime minster who took the position this June, enters into the web by his new blog yesterday, November 18th.

The blog, named “Kan-full Blog” [J] after his sirname “Kan” and an English word “full”, which shows his full efforts on communication, also has a pun meaning “camphor” to inject for “revitalizing Japan”, as explained on the blog’s sidebar.

On the first post, the author, who is not Mr. Kan himself (clear by how the writing handle the name and the title), explains it is going to have three categories of posts.

Kan-full TV
Posts featuring movie which is either “interview of the PM” or his address/speech. Staff will find his odd minutes between busy works and take his fresh voices.
Ippo Ippo(step by step)
Daily report of his activities. Meant to be an index to the detailed political resources on all government ministries and agencies websites.
Kantei Zakkichou(The prime minister’s office notebook)
PM’s office staff and others will report the prime minister as they see.

So it is not direct speech by Kan himself, but by his team.

Interactivity and social aspects

It is nothing strange as Japanese politician’s blog, there are no comments or trackback systems offered on each blog post. There is a feedback form, on which you may send his/her opinions, suggestions, etc. Your gender, age (from 0 to “over 100”) and prefecture(or “oversea”) are asked but not mandatory.

For a notification, you can choose from RSS1.0, RSS2.0 or e-mail.

Mobile version is guided by both URL and QR Code. The blog name is embedded at the centre of the QR Code, which is a gimmick using the bar code’s error correction ability.

The blog article has three icons, linked to Google Bookmarks, Hatena Bookmark and Delicious Bookmarks. Hatena’s one is the most popular one in Japan, but others are not so popular than non-listed ones like Yahoo! Japan Bookmark, Buzzurl or Livedoor Clip.

There are no Mixi Check, Twitter or Facebook Like buttons.

Opening trouble

The blog’s URL had been reported on some Japanese media in morning 18th, however, when you tried to access it, you were asked to type user name and password by a dialog box (basic authentication dialog) until the evening, around 18:00.

The former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is pretty unpopular now, ran Twitter and once got the most followed Japanese Twitter user title.

According to Asahi Shimbun, Kan did not continue the prime minister’s e-mail newsletter, which had been kept by recent several PMs for years.

See Also:

Asiajin » Japanese Government Opens Hatomimi.com For Informants

QR Code Blog – Written Only In QR Code

QR Code seems getting popularity in West because of smartphone. There are a lot of interesting ad campaigns utilizing QR Code recently in English.

There was also a news that Google’s URL shortening service goo.gl supported QR code generation, then Bit.ly followed the trend this week.

Some of you might know that QR Code marketing were often quoted with “only in Japan” for years. And this is one of the unique thing you may reproduce in your language when your people want to know more and more about QR Code.

It is the QR Code Blog. It is not a blog about QR Code, but a blog all written in QR Code.

You know that QR Code can convey URL and/or mail address, but in reality, a QR Code can include about 4,300 roman alphabets, or about 1,800 Japanese characters (size of the code will be big, and error correcting capacity makes the maximum number smaller). So this person embed his article on the code(s) and published as “the world most unreadable blog” he said.

The blog started in September 16th, 2004 with this,

If you scan it (by Android/iPhone app for example), that will give you Japanese text, which tells,

I am trying to build a blog using QR Code. Please enjoy this inconvenient blog both for a writer and readers. It will be good if I can post every day.

Two and a half years later, the blog ceased at the end of 2006. Probably because QR code became too common and the blog could not expect further attention. On the last post, the author wrote long article with 5 QR Codes,

I double translate them from Code to Japanese to English,

Long time no see. How have you been doing? Time flied in 2006. Sorry I did not post since September. I apologize.

I began this blog in September 2004. It was the time when I was finally seeing real usage examples of QR Code. Now two years passed since I set up this blog with the motivation to pass on the wonderfulness of QR Code to many people, the situation around QR Code has changed significantly.

Now QR Code is recognized widely, used on food, magazine, outdoor advertising, name card, etc. Now QR Code reader function on cellphone becomes commonplace. Are you seeing much more QR Code recently?

In last two years, this blog has been taken up on a lot of websites, magazines and TV programs. I can not know how much I could contribute on spreading QR Code to be recognized precisely, but if I made some help, that will be my great pleasure.

http://(Akky: seems his encoding mistake)As seeing QR Code widely prevalent, I think this blog has completed its role. I today declare the end of this blog. I really appreciate you all readers who scanned and decode this blog with your cellphone or so. Thank you so much.


College Girl Manga Blog On Server Management

Koakuma Joshidaisei no Server Engineer Diary(Little-devil Server Engineer College Girl) is a Japanese blog by a female college student Aico who works as a part-time on server management at Tokyo-based Directorz Inc [J].

SMTP-Auth story

SMTP Auth story

What is "Root Servers"?

What is the “Root Servers”?
IP anycast

The blog was picked up by GoTheDistance blog and got good buzz on Japanese web. It was likely the spot where Geeky and Kawaii met.

Japanese Blog Queen Tasted Twitter And Gave Up

Shoko Nakagawa (aka Shokotan), one of the most successful Japanese celebrity bloggers, finally started Twitter (@shokonakagawa) on February 24th with a tweet “I begin to chirp…” [J].

This could have been a milestone for Japanese Twitter to show the centre of the celebrity blogging moving from regular blog to microblog. However, after posting 15 tweets sparsely in 2 months, she posted that she “gave up doing both blog and Twitter” [J].

Her blogging style, which make her very unique among celebrities her early days to become popular, is to post a lot of one line entries and/or photos taken by her cellphone, sometimes makes 50 posts per day. You may see those numbers on the left sidebar’s monthly archives. Her style made a lot of followers of Japanese celebrity bloggers.

In the end, what she did on blog platforms (she has been switched her blog hosting twice) is “microblogging on blog”, and if so, she could not find any advantage on Twitter, which does not have built-in photo upload/show features and the Japanese cellphone version of which has room to be improved.

CyberAgent‘s Ameba blog, which holds over thousand celebrity bloggers including Shokotan, has been running its own Twitter clone Ameba Now, to hope to keep their bloggers within the Ameba sites. And this incident may be a hint that they can lean on and extend their clone, as Twitter will not be able to enhance its functionalities only for Japanese celebrity market.