Family Amusement Arcade
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Holy Shit. Before Japan Arcade closed (November 2013), our owner sold most of the machines. Upon closer inspection of these photos, Family Arcade (LACC) held onto my hand-drawn BISHI BASHI marquee. I always designed those for fun and kill time, but I never knew it was that important.
OK, this may be the only reason I miss working at Japan Arcade - hearing EUROBEAT / AVEX TRAX / HI-SPEED MUSIC whenever someone played para para, Initial D or other licensed music game. I’m not even joking around, that was theee shit.
RIP JAPAN ARCADE
sad i never got to go :(
we still love you though. thanks for showing so much love for us, bro! Your kind words & thoughts are appreciated!
During the time you were working at Japan Arcade, what was the one thing you liked most about it?
I liked taking care of little things, like design my own marquees, decorate the walls with origami, advertise our twitter account with blue-bird signs. I liked setting things up and saying, “I made that.” My coworkers would often tell people I was in charge of all the signs that go around the place. It made a difference because we’d look at the machines everyday; you’ll be surprised at how putting a little color and effort can go a long way.
Thanks for the Question!
Sayonara Japan (excerpts)
This entry has been posted as of 11 AM Saturday, November 16, 2013. Out of the wishes of my employer, I chose not to display this publicly until after closing. You may get upset as you are just now finding out this information, but please understand that my boss asked to make no public announcement. Consider this my “goodbye” to the business.
I was hoping to have more time to write about this, but the deadline arrived earlier than expected. Let’s face it, we were all hoping for some miracle to postpone such an event until the end of this year, but for what it’s worth it’s a little too late to be saying sorry altogether. In any case …
I’ve accepted the inevitable, many months ago and I knew we wouldn’t survive long after the summer. … There are MANY who have (indirectly) shared their gripes about our place and make it that much harder to stay in good spirits about closing shop. There are only a handful of people who have showed a level of respect with me that I could reciprocate.
… I view closing as an opportunity to share my feelings and mature from this experience. For those of us who feel so strongly about it, I’m done trying to convince everyone that this place is worth something, because it’s over now. With that said: Sayonara, Japan.
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wish it wasn’t so noisy
ditto - going to work today.
Glad to see there's a few girls out there playing 3rd strike :}
Thank You for the compliment.
SF3S isn’t the only game I play in the arcade, but I thought I should pick it up because my coworkers and friends treat it like their religion. After awhile I realized that some people refuse to let go, because for them it’s one of the most entertaining titles after all this time. I am nowhere near the best, but I feel the basics are simple enough - know the range of your normals, know how to kara throw; if you can’t parry, block more, etc. I rather not play with the regulars at our arcade in particular, because if you can’t win a round you are nothing to them.
Anyway, Thank You for noticing I play. :)
I had the pleasure of meeting Luis Dubuc (Mystery Skulls) at my job. He says it’s his favorite place in DTLA. I’m honored he chose us. TOO RAD! ^_^ on another note, I feel that galaxy leggings are one of the best things that’s happened to me fashionably.
photo by MARKP ; Uzowuru
yo! photography @Japan_Arcade!
awhile since I played, but each stage my grade improved. curse you Urien! ugh. #SF3S #arcade #videogame #results
Happy Halloween! see me @Japan_Arcade to get the full costume experience! hehehe huhuhu hohoho …
How long have you been working at Japan Arcade?
I started working at Japan Arcade last year, July 2011. I’ve only been there a little over a year, but I still feel like I was hired yesterday. However, I’ve been visiting Japan Arcade since 2004-2005 (long before my boss took over the property) and I’ve been fortunate to see it transform into the place it is today.
Astro City Glow, Japan Arcade.
where I work, after hours. :)