Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Rosanjin--Vending Machine Man

So I'm driving down the road to the gallery and pass by umpteen vending machines along the way; if you've been to Japan you know there are just *too* many of these mostly useless 24 hours energy burners. Yet, one Kirin VM caught my attention as atop it was a face I thought I recognized---not the lady! Wait, was that Kitaoji Rosanjin selling green tea? So I pulled over to the side of the road, and lo and behold, yup....Rosanjin himself pitching ocha. I can only assume the great Rosanjin--if he were alive today--would be disgusted to even consider the idea of this shameless advertising---or maybe not--he could have used the dough to buy more antiques; who knows. I stood in front of the VM taking photos as the traffic slowed to watch the gaijin......and Rosanjin looking down on the worthy. 'Japanese know, Tasty is sweet.'


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