A Gashapon machine is a type of vending machine that is popular in Japan and other parts of Asia. It is similar to a capsule toy machine, where customers insert coins or tokens and turn a crank to receive a small capsule containing a surprise toy or trinket.
The name “Gashapon” comes from the sound that the machine makes when a capsule is dispensed – “gasha” is the sound of the turning knob, and “pon” is the sound of the capsule dropping into the dispenser tray.
Gashapon machines can be found in many places in Japan, including arcades, toy stores, and even on the street. They are often used to dispense collectible toys or trinkets that are part of a series, and customers may try to collect all the items in the series.
In recent years, Gashapon machines have become popular in other parts of the world as well, and they can now be found at some specialty toy stores and events. They are often seen as a fun and unique way to dispense small, collectible items and can add an element of excitement and surprise to any event.