Fit for Nothing

Club Sega Nishishinjuku makes a fishtank of its maimai zone.

The lift lands onto a glass wall in front of a six-row Milk Plus – summer 2018’s freshest.

The typical maimai antinomy of knit gloves despite water holders and cooling fans. Gotta get that slip for the perfects. Smooth and silent sweeping the circular screen; a padded patterpatter on the peripheral pushers.

Always thought this would be good exercise if it wasn’t played in Sega Centre smokey squalor. These days, though, the smoking is restricted and the music floors fresh. Work a sweat; crank the cardio. How long till maimai and DANCERUSH STARDOM merge into Tokyo’s 24-hour gyms?

Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people