Roadside Lights Seasons: Winter (B)


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Eiji Ohashi’s winterly landscapes with vending machines.

“Roadside Lights Seasons: Winter” is a follow-up to Eiji Ohashi’s critically acclaimed photographic series of vending machines along roads throughout Japan. The volume focuses exclusively on scenes taken during winter, with volumes for spring, summer and fall to be released as well.

“The vending machines placed all over the country are a symbolic image of today’s Japan, and their lonely, daily work is reminiscent of the modern lives of us humans. In this sense, my series is a conscious reflection of its era, but it is also an expression of my own personal aesthetic sensibilities,” says Ohashi.

“I believe the sight of these vending machines shining brightly, all alone in the harshness of winter, evokes feelings of compassion and encouragement in us. These bright, glowing characters are mechanical machines, but they also appear strangely human, and the beautiful sceneries that surround them may even provide us a little hope.” -from Eiji Ohashi’s afterword (available in Japanese and English translation)

With its large format and considerable weight, the photobook “Roadside Lights Seasons: Winter” gently recalls the weight and size of the vending machines in Ohashi’s photographs. The leporello-style bookbinding allows the book to spread out into an instantaneous mobile exhibition as well.

Book Size
255 x 365 x 16 mm
57 pages, 44 images
Hardcover, Leporello, Slip Case
Publication Date
Japanese, English
Case Publishing



Born in Hokkaido in 1955
In 2008, started the project “Roadside Lights” with vending machines.
Published in many media such as CNN, BBC, SPIGEL.

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2023 “Roadside Lights” AKIO NAGASAWA Gallery, Tokyo
2018 “Roadside Lights” Marianne Cat Gallery, Marseille
2018 “Roadside Lights” Case Tokyo, Tokyo
2018 “Roadside Lights” Case Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2017 “Roadside Lights” Galerie&c0119, Pars
2017 “Roadside Lights” Zen Photo gallery, Tokyo
2017 “Existence of” Epson imaging gallery, Tokyo
2016 “Roadside LightsⅣ” KONIKA MINOLTA Plaza, Tokyo
2015 “Roadside LightsⅢ” KONIKA MINOLTA Plaza, Tokyo
2014 “Roadside LightsⅡ” NIKON SALON, Tokyo
2013 “Roadside Lights” Continental gallery, Sapporo
2013 “Roadside Lights” KONIKA MINOLTA Plaza, Tokyo
2011 “Roadside Lights〜Light in a wayside” Continental gallery, Sapporo
2011 “Roadside Lights〜Light in a wayside” I.P.C Tokyo Hiro, Tokyo
2007 “Silk Road〜Afterimage of a relief” Fuji film photo salon Tokyo, Tokyo

[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2021 Sapporo Parallel Museum, Sapporo
2021 Photograph Town Higashikawa Prize-winning artist outdoor photo exhibition, Higashikawa
2021 Sapporo Art Exhibition "After Dark" Sapporo Art Museum, Sapporo
2017 in print, out of print Photo Books Nara City photo art museum, Nara
2017 RAIEC WAVE Mirage Gallery, Kobe
2016 RAIEC Tokyo 331 Art Chiyoda, Tokyo
2014 “DARK ROOM MEETING2015” Continental gallery, Sapporo
2014 “Expressed picture Hokkaido” Continental gallery, Sapporo
2012 “Living with photography” I.P.C Tokyo Hiro, Tokyo

2018 Higashikawa International Photo Festival Special Photographer Prize
2017 2017 Photo-eye Best Books
2017 Critical Mass Top50

Publications of Eiji OHASHI