Every DrumMania regular has their own sticks. Not everyone is foot-tapping the doorstep when the arcade opens.
Jiyugaoka is chilled out at 10am on a weekday. Half the population has shot off by train for work. A few of the rest have opened up their shops and cafes. All the kids are in school. Everyone else is just sort of floating about, like I was.
And with a float and a swing, this jazzy customer tip-tip-tished a quick, light rhythm while the Sega staff were still settling the UFO catchers.
Chilled out, shooting off a locomotive solo, working it. Feeling the rests, opening them up, coffeehouse-corner jazz, too cool for school, then floating again.
I get the feeling this is every day in Jiyugaoka.
Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people