February 11, 2015

Getting Down in Pole Town

Allen @ 12:23 am   |  Comments Off on Getting Down in Pole Town
Filed under: Japan,Travel

Your correspondents risked all in exploring “Pole Town”, an underground labyrinth of clothing boutiques, cafes, pachinko parlors, and travel agencies one level beneath the Susukino district of Sapporo. Despite the sketchy, third-world typography of the lonely sign perched above a forlorn, dreary staircase that leads down from street level (see above photograph), Pole Town turned out not to be nearly as Mos Eisley-ish as we feared (or hoped). We attempted to sleaze it up in the pachinko parlor, but after 5 minutes of not being able to figure out how to put money in the machine, we gave up.

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