TOKYO -- Vending machines are a common sight around the world, selling beverages, cigarettes and other items. In Japan, famously, they offer a host of surprises. Companies are rediscovering the power of the old-fashioned sales tool to lure customers.
Hikarie ShinQs is a shopping center in Tokyo's Shibuya district, a place bustling with young people. Go up the escalator and you are greeted by a 2-meter-tall milk bottle. The peculiar-looking vending machine never fails to grab visitors' attention.