Sunday, November 27, 2005

News-kun, we hardly knew ye

One thing which I find really interesting about Japan is that, for all the orderliness and sparkling, hi-tech infrastructure, there is a layer of retro rot just barely concealed under the surface, and a fair amount of retro-futurism, which I love. This is a newspaper vending machine, my guess is from the 1980s, still standing on the street, with newspapers still inside (I couldn't see if they were recent), but it looks entirely forgotten and forlorn. It's called "News-kun," "kun" being a suffix indicating a younger person, or a boy.

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