Thursday, 7 March 2013

A chance discovery - Nintendo in Kyoto

Wandering through Kyoto streets on a rainy afternoon we lucked upon this strange Art Deco building. Getting closer, we saw a small plaque by the door explaining that this is the Nintendo Card Company (established 1889). A larger sign sternly warns off trespassers, stating No Tourists. We quickly took this photo. Peering through the window, it looked like a small office/ museum with display cabinets.
Nintendo has a fascinating history starting with playing cards, then trading cards, toys, a taxi company, a love hotel, a television station, food products ('instant rice') before electronic games in the 1970's.

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