Pachinko parlor, Kabukicho, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo.
Pachinko is Japan's endless national obsession.
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.