"In Hokkaido, vending machines illuminate the snow-swept nights with a numinous glow,” says noted Japanese photographer Eiji Ohashi, who captures landscape images of vending machines during snow-swept nights.

"Vending machines" typically conjure up images of brightly colored pieces of equipment, yet Ohashi landscape photographs capture an exquisite world of black and white. Coca-Cola Japan, with the largest number of installed vending machines in Japan, presents a special online Coca-Cola Journey Japan exhibition.

Five years have passed since I began taking photographs of vending machines. When I made my way home late at night, I was curiously drawn to the vending machines that glowed by the roadside. Perhaps that was the catalyst.

In this land of snow, especially when I travel along blizzard-afflicted roads in the northernmost reaches of the island, I at times find myself verifying my own location through the light of the vending machines. On these occasions, the vending machines that shine out from the sides of the roads appear to me like one of those behatted jizo (a stone bodhisattva statue).

Vending machines are now ubiquitous. They are a symbol of how safe a country Japan has become. In recent years, the elderly owners of privately run shops can often be seen shifting to vending machine-only enterprises.

It is my wish to continue recording the “present” that is manifest in landscapes featuring vending machines.



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'




Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'




Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'




Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'



Eiji Ohashi's 'Roadside Lights'


Eiji Ohashi was born in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, in 1955. He is a registered photographer with Photo Classic, Inc. Between 1990 and 2006, he was selected 11 times to show his work at the Japan Professional Photographers Society Exhibition. His solo exhibitions include: “
peaceful memories on the silkroad,” at the Fujifilm Photo Salon, Tokyo in 2007; “Roadside Lights,” at the In Style Photography Center, Hiroo, Tokyo in 2011; and “Roadside Lights,” at the Continental Gallery, Sapporo in 2011. His group exhibitions include “Living with Photography,” at the In Style Photography Center, Hiroo, Tokyo in 2012.