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Pachinko Parlor

Japan flag. Sounds of the real Japan: Pachinko Parlor

Pachinko parlor, Kabukicho, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo.

Pachinko is Japan's endless national obsession.

Rush hour at a pachinko parlor, Tokyo.

Rush hour at a Pachinko Parlor near you

The pachinko parlor is Japan's melting pot. Rich and poor, old and young, male and female, stodgy and wayout co-exist in perfect, all-absorbing harmony within a cacophony of howling thrash-like club music, shrieking machines and the roaring clatter of metal balls.

Hearing is believing. Listen loud.

April 28, 2006.

Pachinko players at machines.

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