1960s Nishijin Model A Pachinko Machine

1960s Nishijin Model A Pachinko Machine

Regular price $185.00 Sale

Gambling is illegal in Japan, but there are always ways around these things.

Pachinko parlors, housing dozens of these pinball-like Pachinko machines, became extremely popular in 1960s Japan. The objective of the game is to catch as many of the dime-size balls as possible in the small baskets on the playing field. The balls won from a Pachinko machine were exchanged for tokens at the parlor, and the tokens were later exchanged for cash at a separate location "unassociated with the parlor". 

This particular Pachinko machine was manufactured in the early- to mid- 1960s by Nishijin. This was Nishijin's first model, the Model A Single Ball machine, which required one ball to be loaded into the machine at a time. Later machines hosted a ball tray, in which the player could load several balls at a time and play multiple games without pausing to reload. This machine is filled with colorful bouncers, and baskets and littered with metal pin obstacles. The background is decorated with bird and flower silhouette designs. It is housed in a painted yellow wooden frame with a metal "ball recycle" tray extending from the lower front of the machine. Marked "Sophia" on the backside in addition to multiple markings in Japanese. 


Measurements: 20.5"W x 32"H x 7.5"D

Condition: Fair. Glass missing. Balls not included. Untested.