#296 Pachinko

At first it looks like a bunch of men staring at washing machines.

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That’s not far off to be honest.

This game is similar to pinball… except you don’t really have any control over the balls.

The little ball bearings are propelled into the machine and you can control the firing power with a knob on the front.

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Pachinko parlours full of loud music, smoke and bright lights.

It’s Japan’s only major type of gambling as casinos are illegal – but they do have a lottery and betting is okay.

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Because gambling for cash is illegal you can’t exchange the balls for money in the parlour.
But you can just go somewhere nearby and exchange them.

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Even countryside towns have big pachinko parlours.

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