If you enjoy checking out the many arcades that are out there(or have been in the past), this may be of interest. Oga from Japan pointed us to a site that covers information on up to 76 different “DAGASHI-YA-GE-SEN” or in other words “Mom and Pop style Game Centers”. He mentions that some of these centers are closed although they continue to survive in cities other than Tokyo or Osaka as larger game companies (such as Sega, Namco, Round 1, MATAHARI and more) have their foothold in those two cities. In addition to this the linked site discusses games, cabinets and cranes but as it’s mostly in Japanese you’ll have to rely on a translator program to understand the text.
It’s a great look at the many different styles of an arcade one can find in Japan and if you’re someone looking to create your own arcade elsewhere, perhaps you’ll find a good idea or two.
The information is broken into four different sections, click on the numbers to jump ahead. Again thanks to Oga for the links and info!