Game Spot 21 Again

Another visit to Tokyo’s grubbiest games arcade.

The sign’s S is worn off – the natural place to grab when dragging this lump to the street and back. Day-in-day-out for years and years. Count the years in the layers of grime on its nevercleaned foot.

The standees advertise not-that-new games, but are mostly there to hide the cave entrance and block out the daylight and air.

Museca: "Music game × Complete New Illustration Work". Bemani branded, with a sort of harlequin / Virtua Fighter polygonal knickerflash front-centre. Handbills: "TAKE FREE".

No. In Game Spot 21, touch nothing but the joysticks.

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