Tick Tock

Where’s the best arcade in Tokyo? Anywhere upstairs.

In the game centre, you get upstairs. Get upstairs fast and relax, finally.

The problem with the downstairs is people keep coming in. Any old tourist or timekilling shopper or dating couple will bumble sheepily in and thump the medal games like morons.

Upstairs, you can just slump on a stool and switch your face off and stare at the noise with your friends.

Just hang like the stowage hook and look at the hook and the grandfather clock. Every game centre should have a grandfather clock.

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