A Brief History of Pachinko: The Children’s Game That Became a Billion-Dollar Industry in Japan

Once a candy-store game, pachinko parlors attract millions of adults daily.

Mathias Barra
Aug 15, 2020 · 6 min read
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

you’ve never been to Japan, you’ve certainly never heard of “pachinko”(パチンコ). If you’ve ever been to Japan, it’s impossible not to know the word.