November 18, 2016
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Retro Coin Games
Extravaganza In Just A 1,000 Yen Bill

1000円で豪遊、懐かしの10円ゲーム

In about 1965 to 1975 (which was around Showa era in Japan), candy shops were the social hubs for many of the kids at that time. They ran into the shops squeezing the 10-yen coins in their hands once the school finished, and played there until dark. What the kids there going crazy were the “candy shop games” which you can play from just 10 yen. Many of the kids have learnt on the gambling basics from how to invest their small pocket money on these games. Good news is, there is an museum of these coin games showing you the Showa heritage.
昭和40~50年代、駄菓子屋は子供たちの社交場だった。学校が終わると10円玉握りしめ行きつけの駄菓子屋へと走り、暗くなるまで遊んだ。そんな駄菓子屋の店先で当時欠かせない存在だったのが、10円から遊べる”駄菓子屋ゲーム”である。少ない小遣いをどう使うか、このゲームから賭け事のイロハを学んだ子供も多いはず。そんな昭和の遺産、駄菓子屋ゲームを、今でも遊べる博物館がある。

As If It’s A Living Creature

The museum is located about 6-minute walk form Itabashi Honcho station, which is on Toei Mita Line. Once you pass by the shopping street called “Inari Street’, you will be welcomed by a cute retro fox signboard. That is, “Kon Tamura”, the candy shop coin games museum. Its name is hailing from the Shimizu Inari Shrine that is in front of the museum. At the front entrance is the admirable shrine gate, and makes us feel safe as if we are getting watched by the Patron god. The curator of this museum Shoji Kishi is a candy shop games maniac, where he has visited several candy shops asking for unused coin game boxes, and he’s carried back those home. This was when he was still in an elementary school. It is uneasy to imagine an elementary school boy carrying a game box that is about the same size as small refrigerator, but yes he did apparently. So much enthusiasm. It started as his hobby, but in 2009 he decided to open up an museum in order to keep his research going and preserve this priceless collection, as he realized these candy shop games were making its way out from cities. In 2010, his activity was recognized by Itabashi Ward and achieved a Special Culture Award for Ward Residents of Itabashi.

Vivid colored coin game boxes will captivate your eyes as they are crowdedly placed inside the museum. The area is separated in two sections with front three rows of 10-yen coin games and a back one row of token games. There are 50 game boxes exhibited in the museum all the time, and are replaced time to time with the other boxes that are in warehouse. Including the ones in the warehouse there are roughly about 100 of them available. Walking inside the museum, you will realize the pop and playful drawings that are illustrated on each board panel of the game boxes. Give it a try to draw these Showa era illustrations. It won’t look as is on the board panels. From their lovely box shapes, it looks as they are actually breathing with life, and waiting for people to come over to play with them.

まるで生きているような佇まい

都営三田線、板橋本町駅から徒歩6分。イナリ通り商店街を抜けると、レトロなキツネの看板に迎えられる。そこが駄菓子屋ゲーム博物館”コン太村”。名前の由来は向かいの清水稲荷神社にちなんだものだという。入口正面には神社の立派な鳥居が立ち、地元の氏神様に見守られているような安心感がある。
館長の岸昭仁さんは、小学生の頃、駄菓子屋ゲームに熱中するあまり、近所の駄菓子屋を巡り、使っていない筐体をいくつも譲ってもらっていたというツワモノ。小さな冷蔵庫サイズはあろうかという筐体を、小学生が何台も家に持ち帰っていたのだから熱意がすごい。趣味として始めた収集だったが、時代と共に街から駄菓子屋ゲームが消えゆくことが悲しくなり、2009年、研究と後世へ向けた保存活動の意味も兼ねて、長年の夢であった博物館をオープンするに至った。この活動が認められ、2010年には、区の名声を高められた人々に贈られる板橋区の区民文化特別賞を受賞している。
館内に入ると、奥まで所狭しと並べられた筐体のビビットな色合いに目を奪われる。手前から3列が10円ゲーム、奥1列がメダルゲームと、大きく二つのコーナーに分かれている。館内には常時約50台の筐体が展示されており、倉庫にあるものを含めると全部で100台近くを入れ替えながら展示しているそうだ。館内を歩きながら、それぞれの盤面に描かれたPOPなイラストを見ていると、その遊び心あるタッチに愛おしさがこみ上げてくる。今の時代に昭和風のイラストを描こうと思っても、やはり本物の趣には叶わない。すっかり見入っていると、筐体のフォルムの愛らしさから、まるで命が吹き込まれているようにも感じ、遊んでもらう時を息をひそめて待っているような佇まいである。

Awakening Sound
– Recalling Childhood’s Memory –

How to play is simple. Most of the games are 10-yen a play. When you hit a goal, a ticket will come out which you can exchange with a prize. The prize ticket is numbered with coloring tape, and is a comfy touch. It isn’t easy to make a goal, but we strongly recommend you to try few times until you make a goal as the pleasure of getting the prize ticket is a priceless feeling. All the game boxes do not install high tech electronic control, so even if you make a goal it will just give you a cheap “hooray!” sound. Just that. They won’t allow us to soak in pleasure. Though you will miss that cheap sound when you are stuck not being able to make a goal.
“It is when you hear that sound when you recall your childhood memory, not when you are playing the game. Like ‘oh yes this sounds familiar!’.” As Mr. Kishi explains, inside the museum is full of melancholic Showa sounds. From the sound tokens make when they slide into a cup, the sound 10-yen makes when it gets hit by a lever, and the sound coin exchange machine makes when dropping the 10-yen coins…you may encounter with a triggering sound that makes you recall your old days memory.

音で蘇る幼き日の記憶

遊び方は簡単。ほとんどが10円で1プレイ。当たると景品と交換できるアタリ券が飛び出してくる。このアタリ券がまた趣深く、得点の書かれたカラーテープの手触りが楽しい。当てるのは簡単ではないが、何度かトライしてぜひアタリ券を握りしめる喜びを味わってほしい。筐体には現代のパチンコのような高度な電子制御は入っておらず、アタリがでても「ヤッター」などのチープな掛け声を発するのみで、つれない。喜びに浸らせてくれないのである。しかしクリアできず苦戦している時ほど、その声が聞きたくてたまらない。
「操作している時よりも、音を聞いたときに子供の頃の記憶が蘇るんです。あぁ、コレだ!って。」
岸さんがそう語るように、博物館の中は昭和の音で溢れている。カップにメダルが当たる時のジャラジャラ、レバーで10円を弾く時のビンッ、両替機から不器用に10円が落ちるガヂャン…館内のどこかで、幼き日の記憶を呼び起こす、思い出の音が見つかるかもしれない。

Splurging Inadvertently Is Another Way Of Fun

In the old days these game boxes maybe played roughly, and in a way violently, by the kids who were heating up. Now they are treated like precious jewelries and played by game conscious adult customers. To splurge inadvertently is another way of fun. Even though, if you have a spare 1000 yen bill, then you can enjoy extravaganza gaming experience here as if like you are a millionaire. Now that you are a grown up now, then maybe squeeze a 1000 yen bill on your hand to challenge these games, not the 10 yen coins.

うっかり散財するのもまた一興

当時は駄菓子屋で、ヒートアップした子供達に手荒く遊ばれていたかもしれないが、今は博物館でゆったり、通なお客さんに大切に遊んでもらっているのが伝わってくる。夢中になってうっかり散財するのもまた一興。散財と言っても、ここでは1000円もあれば思いきり豪遊できるのがたまらない。大人になった今、どうせなら10円…ではなく1000円握りしめて思う存分挑みたいものである。

SHOP INFO

Candy Shop Games Museum “Kon Tamur”

Address: 17-8, Miyamoto-cho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours:
Saturdays, Holidays: 10:00 ~ 19:00
Weekdays: 14:00 ~ 19:00
CLOSING: Tuesdays, Wednesdays (Open if it’s a holiday)

ENTRANCE FEE: 200 yen per person (Applies the same for all who are more than 1-year-old. Comes with 10 free tokens. Re-entrance is only allowed on that same day.)

URL: dgm.hmc6.net

駄菓子屋ゲーム博物館「コン太村」

住所:東京都板橋区宮本町17-8

営業時間:平日14:00~19:00 / 土日祝日10:00~19:00
定休日:火曜・水曜(祝日の場合は営業)

入場料:200円(1歳以上共通。ゲームメダル10枚付き。当日に限り再入場可能)

URL: dgm.hmc6.net

writer / EMI KIUCHI
photographer / MIREI SAKAKI

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