#029 Takoyaki Crane Game

Japanese arcades are epic. Seriously.
The overwhelming lights, sounds and colours are like a child’s fantasy.

One game in particular holds a fond place in my heart –

The takoyaki crane game

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Takoyaki (pieces of octopus covered in batter) are cooked in a tray full of half-sphere shapes. So.. combine that cooking tray with ping pong balls and a crane… yeah…

I bet whoever had the job of painting those had fun...

You have to respect the effort that went into that artistic rendition of takoyaki in ball form

I bet you’re thinking: “That’s great and all. But how is that a game?”

Well,
you direct the crane into a box or bowl of pingpong balls, and then drop the balls above the tray.
If your ball lands in the special golden/silver painted space then you win!

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Combine that with lots of 100 yen coins… and the chances of winning are still pretty low.

But you have to admit it looks fun!

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