Pachinko Players, Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Pachinko Players, Shinjuku, Tokyo, originally uploaded by blather.

Pachinko Players, Shinjuku, Tokyo. The noise from theses places is incredible – I don’t know how the people inside can deal with it. Seems like a bit of a national addiction!

There are several kinds of pachinko machines and parlor regulations, but most of them conform to a similar style of play. Players purchase metal balls which are then shot into the machine from a ball tray with the purpose of attempting to win more balls. The pachinko machine has a digital slot machine on a large screen in the center of its layout, and the objective is to ge three numbers or symbols in a row – striking the jackpot.

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