You didn't stop to play? I don't think I could resist trying a game called Pachinko.
I thought about it, but between the noise and not entirely understanding what to do, I decided to pass. The way people would sit mesmerized kind of creeped me out (kind of like slots in Vegas). Not a cheerful place, imo.
I'm with you! The noise is amazing. Once you walk through the door, it's an unholy cacaphony. Then there's the smoke, and the joyless expressions on people's faces...wow, just a sad place.
cacophony, not cacaphony. Serves me right for trying to use a fancy pants word.
I remember when I visited a Pachinko parlor in Japan. The tour guide said it became popular after WWII when the Japanese played just to be mesmerized by the sound of the steel balls hitting the pins, so they could forget about their troubles and memories of the war.
Thanks for the backstory, Craig!
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