A Place Made of Videogames

Our playground future was Sega-Nintendo all the way. But then Sega seemed to switch off. And anyway, we got jobs.

But come to Tokyo. Grown-out-of dreams painted GAME, GAME, GAME. Sega logos scarlet squares in shopsign mosaics; Nintendo news ticker-taping on tube-train TVs.

Club Sega Jiyugaoka was built in the 16-bit century, when “arcade perfect” was the highest praise.

Tokyo gaming: your never-mentioned nostalgia is sung straight at you.

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