Random Tokyo snaps
You can click on any of these to get a larger image, but you probably wouldn't want to.
|This sign was on an escalator going from fourth floor to the fifth floor of a five story pachinko parlor. I like this sign's determination and professionalism; it strives in multiple ways to make itself understood. Being over 18, I bravely went upstairs. What's on the fifth floor? Pachinko.|
|Seen at a great Tokyo toy store. Who doesn't heart New Yoku DX? I mean, really.|
|I've heard that the Internet was full of this sort of thing. The adjacent men's room was apparently camera-free (but had great hand dryers).|
|Before seeing this sign, I did not have a personal motto.|
|The name of the TV set in the office I was using was the Toshiba Wide Bazooka Kiss. This is superior to the name of any TV sold in the US, even if this particular Wide Bazooka Kiss was actually quite small (and not widescreen).|
|Unfortunately this bar was closed when I passed by in the middle of the afternoon. Being in Tokyo, it's hard to know if the theme is Snoop or Snoopy.|
March 9, 2005 | Permalink
Does the ban on "underage Pachinko" result in wanton binge Pachinkoing after the little tykes turn 18? Is it like underage alcoholic beverage drinking and cigarette smoking in the US, only with 14 to 17 year old Japanese kids obtaining fake IDs so they can partake of illicit Pachinko? Have the Japanese learned that the reason kids participate in Pachinko is because they're not supposed to?
Posted by: Charlie McLain | Mar 11, 2005 4:08:35 PM
Another thing I always wondered about Japan: do their teens say "skateboarding is not a crime" like the boarders in the US? Or, perhaps is skateboarding an actual crime in Japan?
Posted by: Charlie McLain | Mar 11, 2005 4:33:25 PM