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Hayate Kobayashi — Condensed Coffee

Designed Uncertainty (Course) — Winter 2020

This is a record of coffee, dripped and brewed by Shibuya Scramble Crossing.

“密(condensed)”, chosen as the Kanji of the year 2020, is seen in numerous situations in Japan. As the Tokyo governor exclaims “三密(risk of three condensed acts)”, I, staying in Japan, am temporarily requested to restraint voluntary.

However, because these requests are not legally binding, I in Japan also have a freedom of transportation. That is, I can go any places, even if it is Shibuya Scramble Crossing, known as the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world. What if I can taste it?

From Shibuya Scramble Crossing livestream, the cars turned into coffee grounds, and the pedestrians into water drips. The more the cars and pedestrians passed by, the stronger and watery coffee you can get.

After a week passed from lifting the state of emergency in Tokyo, I hear that pedestrians in Shibuya are still increasing. Let’s see and taste with this coffee machine.