First Oden-kan vending machine

Oden is a Japanese soup with many different ingredients floating in it. An “oden-kan” (おでん缶) is a can filled with oden, nothing special, you could find something similar in a supermarket almost anywhere in the world.

Roy explained in his blog that around ten years ago a little computer shop in Akihabara had a brilliant idea, they decided to sell oden-kan in a vending machine, so you could get hot oden and drink it while walking on the street. Nobody seemed to care about that vending machine, but since two years ago many shops in Akihabara started to copy them and boom! Oden-kan just became one of the most famous souvenirs in Akihabara. Isn’t it weird?, a can filled with soup it’s a souvenir in an electronics district!

oden odenkan vendingmachine

oden odenkan vendingmachine
This was the first oden-kan vending machine in Japan.

oden odenkan vendingmachine

oden odenkan vendingmachine
These are alll oden-kan inside a computer shop, changing the business model?

The first odeen-kan machine it’s so famous that it’s featured on TV sometimes. I don’t really understand why some stuff becomes a super-hit in Japan…

  • sheerblade

    March 5, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Oden in a can just doesnt have the feel of sitting at an oden stand in the middle of the street.

  • Brian

    March 5, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Oden is some scary stuff when I first came to Japan. Sitting in a tepid stew in the 7-11, and now in a can. It’s great stuff though.

  • xkmtbunyuw

    April 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, cool man, big thanks!