Table tennis is no longer as popular as it once was in Japan. Around 30 years ago many localities had a table tennis club where people of all ages came to practice and play table tennis (takyu 卓球).
Many of these have been replaced by game centers hosting a variety of action and driving video games.
Japanese players no longer dominate the world game as they once did in both the men's and women's game in the 1950's and early 1960's.
Japan does, however, remain a leader in the manufacture of high-quality table tennis tables and equipment. San-ei are a big name in the former and Butterfly, Nittaku, TSP and Yasaka the latter.
Brick and mortar table tennis stores are also becoming hard to find with the increasing ease of internet shopping.
Takushin Sports in Nagoya is one of the best stores in the city to actually go along and talk to a clerk to decide on the best paddle and rubbers for your budget.
Takushin Sports also stocks table tennis jerseys, shorts, socks, shoes and other equipment.
Takushin Sports is located a 15 minute walk from either Tenma-cho on the Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway or Rokuban-cho on the Meiko Line. Takushin Sports is close to both the Nagoya Congress Center and Shirotori Garden.
456-0053, Nagoya-shi, Atsuta-ku, Ichiban 3-chome, 8-8
Tel: 052 682 5068
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