Anime & Manga April 1, 2015 5:28 pm

Pachinko Guide: Beginners & Balls


Anime & Manga April 1, 2015 5:28 pm

Pachinko Guide: Beginners & Balls


Japan Dreaming

Pachinko parlors are ever-present in Japan’s urban and suburban landscapes. In Tokyo, there can be dozens in a several block radius, making Starbucks look like a rare feature by comparison. Understanding their appeal is extremely difficult for foreigners, apart from seeing them as a novelty, but this pachinko guide will give you the basics. Pachinko...

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Pachinko parlors are ever-present in Japan’s urban and suburban landscapes. In Tokyo, there can be dozens in a several block radius, making Starbucks look like a rare feature by comparison. Understanding their appeal is extremely difficult for foreigners, apart from seeing them as a novelty, but this pachinko guide will give you the basics. Pachinko...

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Pop Culture December 18, 2014 5:59 pm

Video Game Culture in Japan


Pop Culture December 18, 2014 5:59 pm

Video Game Culture in Japan


Heavy Hitters: Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki

Japan became a major exporter of video games during the golden age of arcade games, an era that began with the release of Taito’s Space Invaders in 1978 and ended around the mid-1980s. Following the North American video game crash of 1983, Japan went on to become the most dominant country within the global video...

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Japan became a major exporter of video games during the golden age of arcade games, an era that began with the release of Taito’s Space Invaders in 1978 and ended around the mid-1980s. Following the North American video game crash of 1983, Japan went on to become the most dominant country within the global video...

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