Happy strikes in Kabul

From outside, it is marked only by a simple sign over the door that reads “Strikers.” Beyond the gate, a covered, sandbagged driveway leads well away from the public road – a precaution against bombers. Inside, though, it is another world. A capacious and fastidiously clean restaurant space greets you. Walking past a wall of cubbyholes with crisp new bowling shoes in assorted sizes, you reach the main hall, with 12 lanes fitted with Brunswick pinsetters and multihued Day-Glo balls clacking out of the return races. All pictures by Kuni Takahashi of the New York Times.