When I toured Tokyo to play in 20 Sega arcades in one day, I rather enjoyed my stop at Hi-Tech Sega Kasai.
A bustling cell of the metropolis, it nonetheless felt like a sleepy backwater compared to Shibuya, Ueno, Shinjuku… places playable as racer stages or neocowboy battlegrounds.
In those centres of attention, a beautiful turn-of-the-century Sonic signboard would have been ripped down – and the rec replastered with the standard-issue Sega insignia.
Here, Sonic still smiles.
A clutter of pushbikes on the ground and a highball upstairs for ¥188. That’s less than 2 credits!
Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people