Location: Japan: on the closing of an arcade, many are the open doorways

(Cowl photograph with Atlas Obscura, thanks additionally to everybody who despatched details about Anata No Warehouse in)

It was a short time in the past that our final location monitoring station was not printed, both due to the slowing down of this information or as a result of I didn’t discover myself. Right this moment’s day shall be barely completely different from the norm, as a result of I’ll first speak about a closure, then an sudden development of openings, all situated in Japan.

For the dangerous information, now we have the upcoming closing of probably the most iconic arcade websites on the planet, the Anata no Warehouse in Kawasaki, Japan. Whereas I believed we had already coated it on the location, apparently not. It’s one thing I’ve recognized for a very long time, with this set up designed to appear like the one which comes straight from the well-known fortified metropolis of Kowloon, which was as soon as in Hong Kong. Kotaku has a group of Japanese tweets the place it’s reported that the closure of Anata no Warehouse shall be closed on November 17, thus ending the period of a spot conducive to the creation of latest works. sights. Hopefully this won’t be the top of the story, but it surely’s inconceivable to say with out speaking to the proprietor of the place and ask him what his plans are for the longer term. RIP ANW

The place a door closes …

Nevertheless, all hope shouldn’t be misplaced, particularly in Japan, as many locations open their doorways within the nation. The explanation why ANW closes is unclear, but when not, the economic system has given technique to sturdy progress in new leisure venues.

To be honest, not one of the places beneath have the identical attraction because the one offered by ANW, from what I can say. Most of those new websites appear to take a web page of traits in america and provides it a Japanese cultural contact. They significantly agree with the thought of ​​the “Household Leisure Facility” that you just discover right here in america, however as an alternative of darkish playrooms, they make them vibrant and welcoming for households. A number of appear to have delicate playgrounds for teenagers, whereas mentioning that arcade video games are a part of the choices.

No matter what you consider the mannequin used, progress is necessary, which is necessary. We’ll begin with those that ought to open quickly, after which return once I printed the final article on location (August), we’ll give twenty in complete. I’m stunned by so many locations opening up this quarter and, to be sincere, I don’t comply with up on Japanese financial information fairly often. But when the variety of leisure that opens begins to be barometric, I’d say it’s an enormous development. It’s also fairly potential that details about a spot has been missed and a few could also be opened after the posting of this message. So, don’t take this for “simply” 20 new open amenities there!

The Checklist

Furukawa on Soyu Playground in Aeon Metropolis Furukawa in Osaki (December) <- 180 gaming machines arriving at this one.

Opening of Capcom Retailer Tokyo at Shibuya PARCO Nov. 22 – I have no idea if this may have arcade machines, however this was promoted beneath the Capcom Amusement Facility division

Taito will open the Tokyo Exbar in mid-November for a “gourmand expertise” and gaming expertise. This doesn’t appear like conventional arcade video games, but it surely’s an expertise play outdoors the home, irrespective of.

Morley’s Fantasy Opens at Hyperlinks Umeda Complicated in Osaka (November 16)

Rakuichi Rakuza Sasebo Fifth Avenue Retailer in Sasebo, Nagasaki (November 1)

NICOPA and Tokorozawa Nico Floor inaugurating at Life Hack Mall Properties Tokorozawa, Saitama (October 31). This can be the “kids’s enjoyable” retailer talked about within the article.

The Gehaku Arcade Sport Museum will reopen after the summer season holidays of October 27

Gachagacha No Mori retailer to open on the Matsudo Terrace Mall in Chiba (October 25) – Effectively, this one cheats 😛 It’s not an arcade, however a paradise for merchandising machines. I discover it fascinating to see how locations like this exist.

Reopening of Taito Station in Toyama after a renovation (October 19)

Opening of FEC Amipara Shinnanyo in Shunan, Yamaguchi (October 11)

Station F of Taito Mukaigaoka Yuen in Kawasaki (October four)

Opening of Sega Smark Isesaki in Isesaki, says the most important leisure middle of North Kanto (October four)

Amusement PLABI “Morage Sakai” opens in Sakai, Chiba (October 1st) – 24 hour leisure facility

Taito Station opens a free Tokiï Tozai retailer in Akihabara (October 1) – Appears to be like like a pleasant “gap within the wall” full of cranes, no video video games

PLABI enjoyable “Mito Opa” opens its doorways in Mito Metropolis, Ibaraki (September 20)

Amipara opens a brand new web site in Kumiyama (Kyoto, Sept. 20)

The Sega Aeon Mall Arcade & ‘Enjoyable Village’ Opens in Takaoka (September 14)

Opening of the PLUS and VR zone gate of Namco SAKURA MACHI with Asobi Park in Kumamoto (September 14)

Opening of the Taito F station in Hachinohe (August 10)

Apina opens the massive FEC in Inzai, Chiba (August 10) – 350 video games, though lots of them appear to be prize titles.

In order that’s … sure, it sucks that an arcade as cool and effectively thought out as ANW is closing, however the Japanese market is rebounding because it adopts its model of the FEC mannequin within the nation. I actually hope better variety of “mother and pop” places will open their doorways, a priority I’m having right here in america as a result of I’ve a FEC that opens up their doorways simply down the corridor in entrance of me (they obtained their video games this week and are displaying an enormous entrance within the arcade space from the meals courtroom, so that they’re positively defending my very own enterprise with a blitzkreg of titles and flash). I additionally noticed the FEC development within the US and questioned if it was a bubble or not. To this concept, a multi-million greenback FEC out of the blue closed on the Mall of America a couple of weeks in the past, however as at all times, I need to keep in mind that this doesn’t imply that the sector has misplaced its viability. The explanation some locations are closed is at all times richer than the “closed for enterprise” signal.