Location: Nagoya, Japan
In this latest report from John, our roving reporter, he looks back on a visit he made to an unusual pinball bar in the city of Nagoya earlier in 2012.
In April 2012, my wife and I visited the city of Nagoya in Japan during the Easter holidays.
Immediately after checking in to our hotel, we proceeded to the first pinball location - Bar Bachelor House. This was a bar which was located in a residential area in the district of Tempaku (天白区).
When we first entered the bar at 8pm, we found that we were their first group of guests.
The bar owner was called Yoshimoto Shiyouzi (吉本昇司). He was a middle-aged muscle man.
At first we could not communicate with each other, since he could not speak English and we could not speak Japanese. Luckily, we found an alternative means of communication – Google Translate.
According to Mr Yoshimoto, he had acquired the three pinballs from a bankrupted company some times ago. However, only a few guests liked playing the machines, therefore they were always powered them off and he had not called for any maintenance for a long time.
As a pinball lover, I was sad about this.
We stayed in the bar for three hours and left at 11pm. It was difficult to find a taxi when it was snowing. Luckily, Mr. Yoshimoto kindly offered to drive us to the nearby subway station.
Although it was very cold, I was warmed by his passion. If the opportunity arises, I would like to visit this bar again.Here are some additional details:
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