All TopicsNewsCultureJapanese Snacks & CandyFood & DrinkTravelEntertainmentMember Spotlight
TokyoTreat Japanese Snacks BlogCraving some different snacks? This insect vending machine is what you are looking for!

Craving some different snacks? This insect vending machine is what you are looking for!

Chris FerdianChris Ferdian
Published Time
Posted on 
January 19, 2019
Modified Time
Updated last 
June 21, 2022

Japan always has a lot of different foods and snacks to offer, so obviously people always try to create something new or simply re-adapt some old ideas to make them resurface again.

Last November Toshiyuki Tomoda, a small shop owner in Kumamoto, decided to install a snack insect vending machine outside of his shop. Little did he know that he would sell over 500 packages of insects in a month!

Eating insects is very common for some areas of the world, but not everyone is familiar with them and it usually takes some nerve to get over the initial reluctance of biting into some crawling animals.

From salted grilled crickets to chocolate-coated beetles, Tomoda was curious about the appeal such edible insects would have, also taking into consideration any possible food crisis, and ended up encountering a huge success, generating more than $4,500 in a single month.

People have obviously responded in a positive way to this new kind of snack in their area. Would you try any of these out if you had the chance?

Photo credits: Twitter /@katuragikodou

Enjoy Delicious Japanese Candy And Snacks Every Month!

Enjoy Delicious Japanese Candy And Snacks Every Month!

Starting from $32.50 USD

Get TokyoTreat

Author avatar
Chris Ferdian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

A ninja holding a sword, maybe getting ready to enjoy ninja food.

Ninja Food: What Makes It So Special?

Across Japan, you can find many restaurants or cafes with shinobi style, serving ninja food and drinks. Explore some natural shinobi foods and dishes that capture this cultural style!

April 12, 2024
A woman wearing a kimono at one of many vending machines.

Vending Machines in Japan: A Deep Dive into Its History!

Vending machines are convenient wonders found in practically every corner of Japan. Let’s explore the rich history of these beloved machines in Japanese society!

March 27, 2024
Food from one of many vegan restaurants.

Five Vegan Restaurants to Check Out in Tokyo! 

Vegan restaurants are taking off in Japan now that more people are embracing a plant-based lifestyle. Here are five vegan restaurants in Tokyo that you should check out!

March 27, 2024
Pizza from one of many chains.

Pizza Chains: The Amazing History in Japan!

Let’s explore how pizza chains like Pizza-la, Domino’s Japan, Pizza Slice, and Shakey’s Pizza have transformed Japan’s pizza!

March 27, 2024
Bubble tea in two cups. There are many flavors.

Bubble Tea Flavors: Best Five to Try This Summer!

There’s nothing better than a refreshing and satisfying bubble tea to combat the summer heat! Here’s everything you need to know!

March 22, 2024
A Ghana chocolate bar in a store.

Ghana Chocolate: An Amazing Guide to this Japanese Snack!

Ghana chocolate is a popular Japanese snack in Japan and South Korea. This one-of-a-kind chocolate is one of Lotte’s most loved products.

March 20, 2024
PricingBeginner’s Guide to TokyoTreatUpcoming BoxPast boxes
Support & Information
FAQContactHelp CenterBlog

Be a TokyoTreat Insider!

Join our newsletter and receive tasty news and deals!

AnIchigo Logobrand.
Copyright © 2024 TokyoTreat™. All Rights Reserved.
Accepted Payments
Visa payment availableMastercard payment availableAmerican Express payment availableDiscover payment availablePayPal payment available