The sound of shattered hopes and the smell of burnt dreams

The sound of shattered hopes and the smell of burnt dreams

I’ll never understand Japanese pachinko.

Pachinko is upright Japanese pinball machines. There are parlors EVERYWHERE with hundreds upon hundreds of these machines that Japanese people (many middle aged men included), spend hours in front of, throwing money into. You can smell the stale cigarette smell of these places from down the block, and when the doors open the noise of thousands of balls clacking in the machines and running through the pipe system which delivers and retrieves them from machines is ridiculous, not to mention the blaring sound the machines make.

Gambling is technically illegal, so at Pachinko parlors you buy a box of balls which you dump into the machine and if you shoot the balls into the right holes you get points and more balls which you can then trade in for worthless prizes. You take the worthless prizes "next door" and they will "buy" them from you for cash (or so I’ve heard.)

I triggered the automatic door at a pachinko parlor in Fukuoka and snapped this from the hip without looking as the door opened, then booked it.

Developed in Caffenol-C (homemade coffee based developer)

One thought on “The sound of shattered hopes and the smell of burnt dreams

  1. Will, after all these years your photography never ceases to amaze me in the least. A shame you’re all the way in Kyushu since even from Tokyo it’s a hell of a distance. I’m glad you’re still pursuing this as your hobby.

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