[REPOST] Jidouhanbaiki: Photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines

Did you know that Japan has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the world? 自動販売機 – otherwise known as Jidouhanbaiki – is a Japanese culture where distribution companies encourage people to install vending machines on their own property, to earn money day and night while doing pretty much nothing. Their functions are multiple. Witnessing the shifting realities of life around them: at night they light the innumerable dark little streets of Tokyo; by day, they provide contemporary consumers with conveniences.

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2 comments on “[REPOST] Jidouhanbaiki: Photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines
  1. Ron says:

    Interesting idea. Makes me wonder how much traffic they get on these machines, what products they sell and how well preserved these products are.

    • Dmitri Popov says:

      Usually they sell canned coffee, soda, water, and non-perishable stuff. Traffic obviously depends on the location. But I’d guess most of these vending machines generate rather modest revenues. Still, it’s basically free money for the owner.

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