Artifact | Public Phone

From afar, Japan is pictured as an advanced high-tech wonderland of cute robots, giant animated billboards, futuristic toilets and whisper-quiet bullet trains. The reality is that like anywhere the old mixes with the new and there are many instances where Japan clings to redundant technologies. So, while the smartphone may have all but replaced the payphone, fax machines are still in regular use in homes and businesses; suburban DVD rental stores continue to do a good trade, as do bricks and mortar book stores; trash is collected and thrown into municipal dump trucks by hand and couriers wheel laden handcarts through the streets.