You know what one of the (many) great things about Tokyo is?  It seems to be one of the few places left on the planet where arcades are still a big deal.  Having spent an untold number of hours and quarters in various arcades as a kid, this is something I can get behind.

Sega Arcade in Tokyo, Japan

There are a surprising amount of arcades throughout the city — I visited the Sega arcade in Shinjuku, and yeah, I dropped a few 100 yen coins (which is about a buck Canadian).

Sega Arcade in Tokyo, Japan

They have a pretty extensive selection of games.  I played a Transformers game, a Mario Kart game (which was the highlight), and a Star Wars game where you actually open a door and step inside a cockpit where a giant wraparound screen fills your entire field of view.

Sega Arcade in Tokyo, Japan

There’s a special kind of energy you get from being in an arcade surrounded by so many games; it’s magical.  I’m glad that they still exist somewhere.

Sega Arcade in Tokyo, Japan

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