Japan: Carp on the Ginza

Postwar Tokyo has had a passion for fads. For many years, it was pachinko, or playing the pinball machines. Then came the chubby plastic dakkochan dolls (TIME, Aug. 29, 1960) that clung to girls' arms and shoulders. The latest craze is angling parlors, where patrons can drop a line into a pool and, be mused by background music, fish for carp. The fad caught on last year when the angling parlors mushroomed from a few score to a present-day 539 in the heart of the city. One parlor was installed in a former bar with the pool behind the...

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