Kawasaki Warehouse 3

The three-storey gaming warehouse in Kawasaki modelled on Hong Kong’s lawless ‘city within a city’ that was demolished in 1994 after becoming synonymous with drug addiction and prostitution.

Kowloon Walled City – Hong Kong’s infamous ghetto – was at one time the most densely populated place on earth. A place where prostitutes installed themselves on one side of the street while priests preached and handed out powdered milk to the poor on the other. It was a very complex place, difficult to generalise about, a place that seemed frightening but where most people continued to lead normal lives.

It’s somewhat bizarre, then, that Kowloon Walled City should now have its most striking memorial inside a video game arcade in Kawasaki, Japan, where you can play classic retro hits such as Metal Slug, Dungeons & Dragons and Space Harrier. I took a trip out to Kawasaki Warehouse a while back to see what it was all about.

Check out my article for DAZED here.

Kawasaki Warehouse 1

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  1. Bernie

    This is incredible! I saw this post go by but only had a chance to read your impeccable article now. As a Hongkonger, this means a lot. It says something that the Japanese and Germans have done a much better job than the locals in preserving the history of Kowloon Walled City.

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