Remember the claw machines from the arcades of your youth? For fifty cents a try, you could pick up a cheap stuffed bear or duck or dog – the most exciting thing you could get was a troll!

Things are a little different in Japan, where some claw machines are a little more adult:


It may seem odd, but it’s par for the course in a country where one can find porn, beer, eggs, bread, and Coca-Cola in the same row of vending machines.

If you want to play Claw with a less erotically charged prize, try the Marine Catcher, where you can take home a tasty live lobster:


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Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.