I’m a real sucker for Japanese vending machines. In general, I love the multitude of designs, colors and contents available. More than the modern machines though, I love the vintage designs that can still be found here and there, scattered around Japan. I’ve spent hours watching the videos on http://jihanki.michikusa.jp/. Uotani Yusuke’s website introduced me to the wondrous world of of the Fuji Electric noodle vending machine. Capable of spinning out fresh hot ramen and udon, these old machines were a staple in Japan’s 24/7 vending spots back in the 1970s and 1980s. They served up hot, quick meals for travelers and tourists. The relatively few machines that still exist today are kept alive with hand made replacement parts and are lovingly fed with 100 yen coins by enthusiasts, like USK.
I recreated the Fuji noodle machine as an illustration and I’m providing it as desktop and cellphone wallpaper. I’ll be adding other wallpapers soon. Some will be Japanese vending machines, but I’ll be posting other pieces of art that I’ve had on this site in high resolution. I hope you enjoy. Click here for the wallpaper page.