Roadside Lights by photographer Eiji Ohashi features the lonely vending machines (jihanki) often seen lined along the streets across Japan. Their strange beauty caught Ohashi’s attention when, caught in a snowstorm, he relied on their glowing lights to navigate his way home. Since then he has documented quite a number of them, both in his hometown Hokkaido or elsewhere in Japan, mostly at night or at dawn.
The solitary machines are symbolic of the loneliness that persists despite the convenience of today’s technology. “They work tireless, whether it is day or night. But once their sales drop, they are taken away. If they do not glow and shine, they will stop existing. There might be something about them,” states Ohashi.
All images © Eiji Ohashi