Pachinko in Japan

Near my station is a giant pachinko parlor. It’s huge and you can see it everywhere. I know I’m getting close to my station when I look out the window of the train and see it towering over everything. It has a giant sign that lights up at night.


Every weekend morning people line up and wait for the place to open. Lots of them are drinking beer at 9:30 in the morning, getting keyed up for pachinko. There is an atmosphere of excited anticipation.
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