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The End of Warehouse Kawasaki… And Arcades?

In this special episode, we travel to Warehouse Kawasaki (also called “Anata no Warehouse”). On November 17th, it will shut down forever. So why does such a unique and popular arcade find itself closing its doors, and is this a sign that the era of arcades in Japan is ending? Join us take a look around Warehouse Kawasaki for the last time, and weigh in with us on the closure.

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  1. its like entering a new level

  2. Given how popular smartphone games are and how powerful game consoles and PCs are, arcades are (not surprisingly) obsolete and antiquated.

    I agree that the increase in sales tax in Japan has a negative impact on people’s spending habits.

    It would suck if the reason for this iconic business shutting down was because of of a contract dispute with the building’s owner.
    That owner should’ve understood that it’s not just about the money.
    The owner is part of Japan’s rich culture of arcade games and it would’ve been nice if he/she were to put more effort into keeping this business going.

    But at the end of the day, they’re running business.
    If enough profits are not made, then of course they’d shut down.

    Really though, I’m surprised that the Japanese arcade industry has lasted as long as it has.
    In the US, arcades were everywhere back in the 1980s and early 1990s.
    I remember arcades being in laundromats, roller rinks, pizza stores, etc.
    But arcades are pretty much dead in the US and has been for years.
    There are still a handful of dedicated places, but really it’s not what you would call a thriving business at all in the US.

  3. love the underground level

  4. As someone who been going to arcades here for the whole time they were poplar this is really sad to see. It was on my bucket list of things to visit in Japan as it was so unique and awesome looking. I would have liked to have spent a whole night here.

  5. Well this sad to hear 🙁
    Unfortunately I missed my chance to visit this gem when I was able to travel to Japan due to time constraints (the bad side of there being SO much to do/see)

  6. Extremely sad to hear :/


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