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The Japan Times: Despite its tatty decor, gloomy lighting and overflowing ashtrays, Mikado is a w…

Despite its tatty decor, gloomy lighting and overflowing ashtrays, Mikado is a world-famous venue. Since opening in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district in 2006 and relocating to Takadanobaba two years later, it has built up a global following and is now seen as something of a mecca for arcade enthusiasts. A second branch opened near Ikebukuro Station in October last year. Mikado’s tournaments, which are held every day, are largely centered around the arcade’s vast collection of classic one-on-one fighting games, including titles such as Street Fighter and Samurai Shodown. The action is streamed live over the internet, and has lured gamers from all over the world to Tokyo just to compete. Mikado is, however, part of a dying breed. There were 51,520 arcades in Japan in 1995, but that number had dwindled to 13,013 by 2017, according to figures provided by the Japan Amusement Industry Association. 📸: @ryuseitakahashi217
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