Memoirs of a Vending Machine

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Mike lands at Kansai Airport in Japan confident but ill prepared for his introduction to his new home. A sequence of events forces Mike on a Journey lasting all day and all night around Osaka. Meeting Mark, Jon and Jeff and other interesting and colourful characters along the way, they quickly discover the urban soul of Japan and learn enough in one day to last the rest of their time in Osaka. More

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About James Pollard

I lived in Japan about 14years ago for about 7 years but now I'm back in Oz. I study law part-time and earn a crust teaching ESL. Writing is a hobby and a way of coming to terms with my time in Japan and the transition back to life in Australia although recently I've been concentrating on my other hobby, music. You can find me on soundcloud as Beerubaraoyaji. I am pretty much done writing about Japan and had been working on a new novel about a band in the 80s. Unfortunately the harsh realities of life have forced me to put on hold any ambition as a writer for the time being as I put my life back together after losing my wife to cancer in the middle of 2013. I may write about the experience but right now I am busily involved in the experience and feel no need to write about it at this point in time. Anyway, enjoy the novel as many (but not all) have and I hope to get something else up sometime in the future.

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B.J. Price reviewed on Aug. 25, 2012

A strange yet intriguing story. Lot's of culture shock. It felt like I was there watching everything and getting just as nervous as the characters.
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Elizabeth POLLARD reviewed on Jan. 25, 2011

What a great read...character building experiences for Mike which are unforgettable. Fantastic insight into Japan and the myriad of Vending Machines which all look the same. Don't get lost in Japan!!!!!!!! EBISU (ONE OF SEVEN LUCKY GODS)part of the spirit of Japan, to the rescue? The sudden sound of ENGLISH speaking adults amongst a completely foreign language and culture, music to Mike's ears.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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