Hong Kong, Japan, Kowloon

Kowloon Walled City arcade in Japan

I just came across a very interesting blog post on Randomwire, where David wrote about a games arcade Japan that was built to look like a recreation of the Kowloon Walled City. Remember my earlier post about this lawless area of Hong Kong that has been demolished and turned into a park?

Well, it seems that a games company now decided that the ‘city of darkness’ would make the perfect backdrop to a new arcade they were building in Kawasaki. The company went all the way and collected items from Hong Kong and recreated many signs and posters from old photos.

I’ve copied three pictures from David’s post below, to give you an impression of how it looks like, but I suggest you head to his blog to read the full story and see more pictures.

Kowloon Walled City in Japan by Randomwire 1

Kowloon Walled City in Japan by Randomwire 2

Kowloon Walled City in Japan by Randomwire 3

On the one hand it is crazy to think that a games company just ‘rebuilt’ parts of the Kowloon Walled City but on the other hand I find it quite exciting that you can get a glimpse of how live must have been there, in the city of darkness with its narrow alleyways, back 30 years ago.

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2 thoughts on “Kowloon Walled City arcade in Japan”

  1. Thanks for mentioning my post! Kowloon Walled City has fascinated me for years and seems to have captured the collective imagination of people in HK and abroad. It’s a shame the they didn’t preserve more of it – the park which replaced it is so bland.

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