My Trip to (the sidewalk in front of) Nintendo’s Headquarters in Kyoto

For some, it’s no big deal and/or pointless. For others, it’s like a pilgrimage to Mecca. I’m not sure what exactly standing on the sidewalk outside Nintendo HQ in Kyoto meant to me, but I’m glad I did it.

The neighborhood surrounding the headquarters is quiet and typical of an off-the-beaten-path Japanese neighborhood. There are cute houses, large apartment buildings, and a handful of convenience stores and restaurants. The most remarkable place in the neighborhood is probably the plum field.

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Even more unassuming than the neighborhood itself are the Nintendo buildings. Grey, quiet, and pretty much totally walled-off, you’d really have no idea that brilliant, creative, and insanely colorful games were being made inside.

So without any further ado, here are the pictures my wife and I took outside the headquarters and recently-completed new development building.

Nintendo Headquarters:

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