Walk Through a Shibuya Arcade

130221_1643Arcade culture is alive and well in Japan. In Tokyo, where the apartments are small and travel is all by foot and train, gaming centers have thrived in shopping areas and around commuter train stations. These arcades are stacked five or six stories high, with each level boasting new wonders and challenges: crane games, coin games, photo booths, slot machines, dancing games, music games, multi-player fighter and first-person shooting games. The players are focused and calm, but the air is a mash-up of explosions, pop-tunes, thumping beats, and classing 8-bit melodies. Here is a walk through an arcade in Shibuya:

Crane games
Crane games dominate the 1st floor. You can claw around for anything…
Crane games dominate the ground floor, you can claw around for just about anything
The sign with the American flag says: “Don’t buy it at Costco!”

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