One detail that sticks out about Tokyo is the abundance of vending machines in the metropolis. On busy intersections, narrow backstreets, and anywhere in between, these tiny stores are selling cold and hot drinks – and many other items. It’s a completely automated transaction of goods, free from all quintessential points of human interaction. Yet, much like the 13 million human inhabitants of Tokyo, the robots all have found their own place in the Japanese capital. This book explores that relationship between machine and the city.
The paperback has 144 pages, 138 of them feature full-color images of beverage vending machines in Tokyo. The spine of the book is white as an homage to traditional Japanese four-hole bookbinding that did not allow for a printed spine.