Existence of …

As dusk approaches, roadside vending machines light up in cities and in the outskirts. These scenes of vending machines, ordinarily standing on the roadside, are particular to Japan.
The vending machines downtown or in the wilderness, placed to stand in solitude, are an image of loneliness. They work tirelessly, 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 human about them.

― statement by the artist

Artist Profile


1955 born in Hokkaido, Japan.
1984-2006 photographs his journeys to Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and Chinese Western Regions.
2010- begins to work as freelance commercial photographer; start of the "vending machines" series.

Gallery Exhibitions