パチンコ

21 Jun

I’ve written an earlier post (click here to read it), Japan has many types of 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machines.

If you want to know about what 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) is, you can read my earlier posts that I wrote about it.
(click here and here).

「パチンコ」 (pachinko) is often called “Japanese pinball”…and like pinball machines, 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machines are decorated with pictures of famous people or characters.

In Japan, there are Spiderman, JAWS, Marilyn Monroe, 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman), and 「七人の侍」 ( The Seven Samurai) 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machines.

That’s just an example. There are many others.
There’s even a 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machine for the Japanese pop singer 「倖田來未」 (Koda Kumi):


(Click here to see the Koda Kumi Pachinko website).

As I mentioned in the earlier post I mentioned above (click here to read it), there are also KISS and Star Wars 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machines:

kiss-pachinko(Click here to see the KISS Pachinko website.)

star_wars-pachinko(Click here to see the Star Wars Pachinko website.)

Now there’s a new 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machine. And it’s also decorated with images from American pop-culture.
It’s the Bon-Jovi 「パチンコ」 (pachinko) machine. It plays some songs by the band and has cartoon images in their likeness.

bonjovi-pachinko(Click here to visit the Bon Jovi Pachinko website).

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28 Responses to “パチンコ”

  1. gordon February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I like the new Matrix Pachinko TV ads

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    • tokyo5 February 19, 2010 at 2:50 am #

      Your link didn’t work…but I know the ad you’re referring to. I’ve seen it on TV a number of times.

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  2. Vance November 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    Los Angeles.

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    • tokyo5 November 3, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

      I’d like to see a “Little Tokyo” area in America.

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      • Vance November 4, 2009 at 3:15 am #

        There are three left, and I don’t think any of them are doing very well. I had my previous store in a mall on the edge of the neighborhood that was built by Yaohan. A Korean group took over with the intent of completely changing the place from Japanese to Korean, and only succeeded in changing the market. They didn’t realize the place was ailing so bad, so everything else ground to a halt.

        Another place had ambitions of bringing in a Coffee Bean, but so far they haven’t done much.

        The general thought is that this place has five years left, tops.

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      • tokyo5 November 5, 2009 at 2:00 am #

        That’s too bad!

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  3. Vance November 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    The Seven Samurai one, that is.

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    • tokyo5 November 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      How did you buy it? Online?

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      • Vance November 3, 2009 at 2:14 am #

        Nearby wholesale warehouse.

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      • tokyo5 November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

        I see.

        Is there a “Little Tokyo” near you?

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  4. Vance November 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    We just purchased one for our game store in Little Tokyo. I’ll probably youtube it.

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    • tokyo5 November 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

      Do you live in “Little Tokyo“?

      In which city?

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  5. Mb's Husband August 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    🙂 Will do. It’s just for my office. I’d wager that most Americans have never even seen one before, so it’d be an interesting conversation piece.

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    • tokyo5 August 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

      Yeah, I’m sure most people outside Japan don’t know about Pachinko…or many other things in Japan.

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  6. Mb's Husband August 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m in Dallas, Texas (USA) I haven’t bought one yet, but I did find some old non-digital pachinko machines for $50 or less. I think I’m waiting for the right one, though. It’s more of a decorative piece, so I want something that fits the room. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 August 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

      I have seen anyone decorate their house with a pachinko machine in Japan! 😉

      If you buy one, mail me a photo!

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  7. MB's Husband June 24, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    I think I’d like some kind of “Zen” themed machine. If you see one, let me know!

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    • tokyo5 June 25, 2009 at 12:22 am #

      A zen theme pachinko?

      I’ll let you know if I ever see such a thing…but I can’t image it. A Pachinko parlor is kinda the anti-thesis of zen! 🙂

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  8. MB's Husband June 24, 2009 at 1:45 am #

    I really, really want a pachinko machine for my office. There are sites that sell them for around $250. (http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=pachinko&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf) Is this a reasonable price? And do you know where I can get a better deal or better selection?

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    • tokyo5 June 24, 2009 at 1:57 am #

      Wow those are old ones! Today’s machines are more modern.
      I guess US $250 is fair. I saw a “Star Wars” one on that link for US $1800!

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    • Anonymous August 21, 2009 at 8:56 am #

      No – that’s quite expensive for older machines, if that’s what you are after. Check eBay under ‘pachinko’ for the best prices (and maybe a closer delivery for you?).

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      • tokyo5 August 21, 2009 at 10:01 am #

        Have you bought a pachinko machine?
        How much did you pay? Which country do you live in?

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  9. Baby Sis June 24, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    I think this is what Anthony wants to get to put in his home office aka “Man Cave”….

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    • tokyo5 June 24, 2009 at 1:36 am #

      Which one? The Bon Jovi one?

      I want the KISS one, of course!

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  10. cuteandcurls June 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    I wouldnt mind tryin out the Marilyn Monroe pachinko and Seven Samurai pachinko, also Ultraman Pachinko (for my lil nephew) But Bon Jovi pachinko ..no thanks ^_^

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    • tokyo5 June 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

      You’re not a Bon Jovi fan, I guess. 😉

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      • cuteandcurls June 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

        I do like Bon Jovi but in small doses 😀

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      • tokyo5 June 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

        Yeah, I guess I’m the same.

        I don’t really care for their songs that are popular for some reason (such as “Livin’ On A Prayer“)…I prefer their songs like “It’s My Life“.

        The first time I heard Bon Jovi was when their second album (“7200° Fahrenheit“) was new.
        My friend had the 45RPM record (7” vinyl single) for the song “In And Out Of Love“…I thought they were a heavier band than they are.

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