JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – LAST PICTURES OF DAY 3 – PACHINKO

by Antonio Gil April. 09, 2020 549 views

waiting for the bus

waiting for the bus

Back to Tokyo

Back to Tokyo

Pachinko parlor – the noise inside these pachinko parlors is almost unberable

Pachinko parlor – the noise inside these pachinko parlors is almost unberable

Dinner time

Dinner time

no shoes allowed

no shoes allowed

♫♫ Pachinko Machine Tokyo ♫♫

Pachinko (パチンコ) is a type of mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming.

Pachinko parlors are widespread in Japan and usually also feature a number of slot machines (called pachislo or pachislots); hence, these venues operate and look similar to casinos.

Gambling for cash is nominally illegal in Japan, but the widespread popularity of low-stakes pachinko gambling in Japanese society has enabled a specific legal loophole allowing it to exist. Under the law, pachinko balls won from games cannot be exchanged directly for money in the parlor, nor can they be removed from the premises or exchanged with other parlors; however, they can be legally traded to the parlor for so-called "special prize" tokens (特殊景品 tokushu keihin), which are then legally "sold" for cash to a separate vendor located off-premises. These vendors (ostensibly independent from—but often owned by—the parlor owner) then sell the tokens back to the parlor at the same price paid for them (plus a small commission), thus turning a cash profit without technically violating the law.

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful variety! These must have been taken before all this social distancing/Covid madness!
Great camera work!!!smile

7 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Indeed it was. You have no idea how noisy is the atmosphere inside one of these parlors. Thanks my friend. Stay safe

7 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I guess none of us can be thinking of extensive traveling for pleasure, these daze.......sigh....

You Two stay safe & healthy, as well!!!

+1 smile+1

7 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Kaz Terlesky 7 months, 3 weeks ago

#2 I feel like I'm right there. Fabulous shots.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Kaz Terlesky 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You're very kind. Thank you Kaz.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Buster Bruce 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You have provided a nice escape from the viral storm. I have been limited in my time here. Tokyo seems like a close proximity place. Hope they are being safe!

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Buster Bruce 7 months, 3 weeks ago

They are now facing the second wave of the virus, we are still in the first. Damn virus. Good luck and take care my friend

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Shauna Golembiewski 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I really like the last photo of the street scene at night, and the sushi! What a great trip. I loved the Japanese toilets. smile

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Shauna Golembiewski 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Japanese toilets are the best. 😀 Thanks my friend. More to come

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 7 months, 3 weeks ago

for me , one of the better sets yet. Sadly we had to hang the same papers of how to use a toilet in our work.

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Glad you've liked it Peter. Happy Easter my friend

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent street views I love the food shots!!!

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks my friend. Did you like their food?

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Francesc Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, I liked, not habitual for me but I  learnedsmile how to use the chopsticks

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

You had to take us to dinner, didn't you? I would have eaten everything displayed in the case as well as all the sushi. Yum.

I was going to say "gambling in Japan?" until I read your description and then realized that just like anywhere else in the world, there is always a loophole that someone finds and profits  smile

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 7 months, 3 weeks ago

And Yakuza (their mafia) owned the game here. Not so much any more, I think. Thanks my friend

7 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
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