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Pachinko Machine

mechanical game | arcade game

Originating as a child's game in Japan in the 1920s, pachinko is a mechanical arcade game that resembles a vertical pinball machine. Players launch a group of small steel balls into the playing field, which then tumble down through a group of metal pins and into various slots at the bottom of the game. The goal is to capture as many balls as possible by directing them toward certain slots. Though originally designed as a strictly recreational game, pachinko is more commonly used as a gambling device, and players can trade in captured balls for prizes. Officially, pachinko gambling is illegal in Japan, so players take their prizes to a second location to exchange them for money. This particular pachinko machine hung in a US Air Force officer's club in Japan during the 1960s, and was brought to the United States in 1972.

  • Manufacturer: Nishijin
  • Material: wood | plastic | metal | steel | glass
  • Origin: Japan
  • Object ID: 112.5383
  • Credit Line: Gift of Stephan and Mary Clarke
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