Monday, May 3, 2010

自動販売機 Vending Machines

To say that vending machines are popular in Japan would be a slight understatement. In fact, Japan has the highest number of vending machines per-capita, with about one machine for every twenty-three people. Japan's high population density, relatively high cost of labor, limited space, preference for shopping on foot or by bicycle, and low rates of vandalism and petty crime, provide a fertile environment for vending machines. While the majority of machines in Japan are stocked with drinks, snacks, and cigarettes, one occasionally finds vending machines selling items such as bottles of liquor, cans of beer, fried food, underwear, iPods, porn magazines, eggs and potted plants. As a visual representation of these numbers I used my apartment as a central point photographing all the vending machines within a half-block radius square (23 total, one is repeated to even the collage). Assuming this area and this apartment don't have a privileged status among vending machine distribution then this is normal for semi urban Japan.

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