Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism, a new book by Christopher D Salyers, documents the most outrageous vending machines imaginable, from the depths of cute-kitsch-cool Japan, to the dark alleyways of New York City. With its gritty, fly-on-the-wall photography, Salyers presents a fascinating picture of the journey vending machines have taken, from ‘technologically humble beginnings to the flashy consumer environments of today’.
While perusing Kinokuniya Bookstore on my lunch break, I came across the book, Face Food by Christopher D Salyers. Face Food documents very elaborate Bento boxes called Charaben in which food is made to look like anime characters, animals, plants and flowers. Everyone from Piglet to Pikachu is portrayed, with foods such as broccoli, ham, carrot, cheese, egg, imitation crab meat, and more. I’m blown away by the creativity and time (anywhere from thirty minutes to three hours) that mothers — and father, sometimes — dedicate to making these works of art for their children to take to school.