It's so great to see the support this book is getting, including a video review from David (CheapyD). The bubbly, happy feeling I get from the sense of community showing up to bat for Mr. Ashcraft is also the giddy, joyous sensation I get from the book itself, a tour of the Japanese childhood I always wanted but never got. BUT, not only that, these arcades still exist in Japan!
Please let Brian Ashcraft tell you all about them.
The book is impeccably organized, and the presentation (printed in Japan) is fantastic. If this is your first book "from Japan," you're in for a happy surprise. Everything from the dust jacket to the paper and ink are pristine. As soon as I saw Kodansha was the publisher, I knew this would be the case and that the work of Brian, Jean, et al, would be well taken care of. The fantastic writing is, happily, equaled by the great photography, layout and artwork. I simply can't recommend this book highly enough.
If you're interested, even to the slightest degree, in Japanese culture or Japanese video games, even if you prefer to do your gaming in the comfort of your home, you'll devour this adorable little (though information-packed!) volume. And if you already have interest in game centers, you're probably going to study this thing and read it multiple times, as I have, as much for the acumen and style as for the captivating aesthetic.
Thank you so much, Mr. Ashcraft, and big kudos to Jean Snow as well. Nothing would make me happier than to see these books to keep coming from my ludicrously talented peers (are they still my peers if I'm completely outclassed?). I've never been so proud.
Jesse Dylan Watson
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