This year, when the pandemic kept me away from Japan and by extension my beloved Japanese vending machines. I decided to torture myself instead by buying a coffee table book called “Vend – Notes On The Silent World Of Tokyo’s Vending Machines” by designer and photographer Tim Easley.
It’s literally a photo book of vending machines, an idea so simple yet so enticing I’m almost annoyed at it. After all, no one who’s ever experienced Japanese vending machines doesn’t love them, and for good reason.
There are a lot of vending machines in video games, enough to justify a whole study, accompanied by the Video Game Soda Machine Project, which is still going strong after nearly four years.