When you visit Japan for the first time, you see one bright companion everywhere around you, from the start. Vending machines. Or Jidouhanbaiki. Various companies, various offerings, various sizes. They give you cold lemonade and hot coffee, sweet snacks, artificial pizza, and tea, in any shade of color. French photographer Edward Way went to Tokyo to immortalize this phenomenon.
“Japan has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the world,” Edward, born in Bordeaux and raised in Paris, told us. “They are reshaping urban space by filling in the borders between domestic and public experience. They serve as reminders of how people organize the space around them, according to their needs and fears, raising questions on privacy, domesticity and security. They reflect Japanese society’s pride of security, respect, and hierarchy whereas they may seem out of context.”
Everyone knows that Japan is the most modern country in the world, so it’s no surprise that machines provide food, light and protection to the population, and often even more than that. Jidouhanbaiki are halfway between traditionalism and the ephemeral, collective consciousness and individualism, humanized service and modern automation, surveillance and fear.
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