Friday, July 29, 2011

Getting Big in Japan

Original matryoshka PET bottles
They call it PET bottle syndrome (PBS). That's PET as in polyethylene terephthalate, the plastic used to make the bulk of beverage containers in the marketplace today. It's the sugary liquid often inside those containers that lead to PBS. When the mercury rises so does the general public's body weight.

Combine the conditions of scorching heat with the ubiquitous vending machine and the result is extra pounds. When the temperature climbs the response is almost reflexive, put a coin in one of the nearby drink vending machines ( and there is always one nearby- they occupy a spot on nearly every street corner) and replenish the body of its fast evaporating liquid content. While it's vitally important to stay hydrated in the heat of summer, making the right choice of liquid sustenance may be just as important. While unsweetened teas, like ice-cold oolong, may be the beverage of choice for most people here, a growing range of sugar-sweetened drinks have taken up permanent residence in most vending machines here in Temple Valley. Keeping off the extra weight can be as simple as pushing the right button (or carrying around your own canteen of water.)


The slice of Japanese life American tourists (a species now on the verge of extinction in Japan these days) were most likely to to take home with them via their cameras used to be the ubiquitous vending machine (from which you can buy everything you need, from soup to nuts, but no longer pornography). Now it's images of people standing forever in front of convenience store magazine racks pouring over the pages of unpurchased merchandise.

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