This is the Japanese Kanji for 'Hon (本)' which means 'Book.'
The Kanji is written on the side of this vending machine. It's on one of the platforms at Tokorozawa Station.
The books sold are of all genres, from how-to books to popular novels. I think it's a pretty good idea to put this vending machine here.
Many people riding on the train read to pass the time. I do, too. Especially for people who are squeezed onto an already crowded train in the morning, probably need something to entertain themselves during the 50 plus minute train ride.
I like to read humorous or mystery books on the train because I don't want to get too emotional over a book on a crowded train. Moving stories tend to lead to crying, runny nose, and mascara all over the place...believe me, it gets ugly. So I'll just stick to David Sedaris and leave the heart wrenching stories for when I'm at home with a box of tissue.
Do you read on the train?