WHEN IS A vending machine not a vending machine? When it’s an entire shop. UNIQLO’s new store in Tokyo’s Harajuku district plays on the Japanese vending machine obsession with wall to wall t-shirt dispensers. That’s it, just t-shirts.
In the UK, UNIQLO is a cheapo brand, the kind of place your dad might go to buy his elastic waisted jeans, but the Tokyo branch is about as cool as they come, with its plasma screens and LED intensive displays. My eye is taken by the Astroboy aisle, but I would be worried about buying any clothing without trying it on first.