Japan’s Pachinko Obesession

If you ever had the pleasure of visiting Japan you’ll will recognise the sound of Pachinko instantly.
Thousands of metal balls falling through the machines makes a very distinct sound and the Japanese used to be obsessed by it. [26 photos total]

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Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. Japan's once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a greying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A Dynam Pachinko parlour is seen at dusk in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. Pachinko, a modified version of pinball, is a fading national obsession, with about 12,000 parlours nation-wide and one in thirteen people playing the game. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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People are seen through windows at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. But that figure is declining as the population shrinks and younger people prefer games on their mobile phones. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Visitors play Pachinko at a Dynam pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A visitor (R) collects prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Visitors (C) queue up to collect prizes at a counter at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Honjo, north of Tokyo August 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A sign indicating prohibited behaviour is displayed at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A worker builds a rack which will house pachinko machines during construction work for the opening of a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Workers check electrical cables to be used for security cameras during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A worker checks a ceiling during construction work for the opening of a Pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Workers carry pachinko machines out of a truck in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Silver balls are seen in a truck during the installation of pachinko machines in preparation for the opening of a hall at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A Dynam employee pushes a pachinko machine during its installation at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees are seen during the installation of pachinko machines, ahead of the opening of the hall in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A worker holds silver pachinko balls at a pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees check their if hairstyles are in accordance with regulations, as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees say a greeting message as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Dynam employees bow in a prescribed way as they receive customer-care training ahead of the grand opening of the company's pachinko parlour in Fukaya, north of Tokyo July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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People wait outside a pachinko parlour as a person dressed as Dynam's official mascot, Morisuke, tries to attract visitors in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Visitors play at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A visitor plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A woman plays pachinko at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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Silver balls bounce through a pachinko machine at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #
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A combination photo shows pachinko machines at Dynam's pachinko parlour in Fuefuki, west of Tokyo June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Issei Kato) #

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