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JAP03.0030.xf1b

Pachinko parlors in Japan are packed and popular with the older set. Osaka, Japan. (The girl holds a sign that says: "right now all of the machines have 'no panku'," which means they have turned off the part of the machine that randomly stops you from getting balls when you've started getting them. (The point of the game is to collect more and more balls, but sometimes when you get a ball somewhere, that makes them start streaming out, there is a function of the machine which will stop them after some random amount, so you usually get fewer; they've turned that function off). (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)

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Pachinko parlors in Japan are packed and popular with the older set. Osaka, Japan. (The girl holds a sign that says: "right now all of the machines have 'no panku'," which means they have turned off the part of the machine that randomly stops you from getting balls when you've started getting them. (The point of the game is to collect more and more balls, but sometimes when you get a ball somewhere, that makes them start streaming out, there is a function of the machine which will stop them after some random amount, so you usually get fewer; they've turned that function off). (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.)