Odaiba Venus Fort is the first ‘theme park-like’ shopping mall in Japan. Built in 1999, our guidebooks described it as a “theme park for ladies”. We weren’t especially interested, but had read (and been told by friends) that it was quite an experience.

Throughout the whole holiday I had wanted to go into a Pachinko parlour, but for one reason or another I didn’t get round to it. I was pleased however to find a Pachinko-lite coin-op entertainment game area in Venus Fort. This is where I made the following recording. I slowly weaved around the different types of game, hoping to build an interesting collage of sound.

Recorded on 20 March 2009

Photo by Carlos Alejo (Venus Fort, Odaiba) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons