The Last Hour

Yoyogi's mainstreet game centre, a hot night and nearly closing.

Strangely subdued among the blare and clatter of the 1F attract modes, but I'll bet there's life yet in the basement.

The sign at the entrance lists rainy-day services: towel and dryer loans, umbrella rental, and a "special ticket" – ask staff for details.


Saturday-job nightshifters promanade the UFO catchers like Metal Gear guards, leaving regular intervals for you to snake in behind their SEGA uniforms. Just time to grab a tea and ashtray before the last game cut-off.


[Update September 2018: this beautiful classic Sega has closed down since I photographed it in 2016. Sad news – happy to have documented it when I did.]

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