I've always wanted to go to Japan for obvious reasons, but recently I've been way more interested in the general culture of the nation and non-vidya related things involving Japan. Aside from that though, anyone go and get some cool games? Go to a cool arcade somewhere? There was a thread about Japan last night and I kinda wanna hear more stories of peoples trips.
Unless you like the smell of cigarettes, forget it. My friends and I passed up tons of arcade because smoking was allowed in 90% of them. And the 10% that were smoke free had shit selections.
I picked up a Super Famicom with a bunch of Super Famicom games, some with a mint box and manual and everything. Retro gaming over there seems to be far more appreciated than America. I even managed to pick up a boxed copy of my favorite game, Thousand Year Door.
Ask me anything you want, I went very recently for 2 weeks, one half spent in Kyoto, the other half in Tokyo.
Nerd-out in Akiba or Denden Town. The otaku shit is great but if you go to Japan to do just that you're doing yourself a huge disservice.
Kobe and Osaka were my favourite places, the latter is pretty romantic, especially the Spice Garden.
Smoking indoors is quite common in Japan, especially in bars. If you're a pussy like this guy you should probably harden the fuck up.
I've been working at a ski resort in Japan for the past 4 months. Soooo many gaijin.
That been said, at least in Sapporo its pretty common to see salarymen in their 50's playing handhelds/phone games on trains and such. So can confirm that one. One time i saw a guy who looked old enough to be my dad playing a horse racing simulator on his vita that also had cute anime girls in it. If that gives you an idea of whats going on over here.
Arcades are cool as shit but my japanese is well limited so i havnt mustered up the balls to actually try that gunslinger game that literally looks like the best thing ever. Japanese drum hero whatever is easy and fun though, that shit's my jam.
>If you're a pussy like this guy
Are you somehow implying that an awful smell should be tolerable inside an establishment? I'll never understand Japan's obsession with smoking and drinking, they've got plenty of other cool stuff to do besides that.
>Is Kyoto way more comfy that Tokyo?
Kyoto definitely felt way more comfy in my opinion. We rented out a traditional hotel for an entire week, and it felt absolutely great. Just 4 bros sitting around on a Tatami mat and watching a small as fuck TV in the corner. It felt great.
I tried my damned hardest to find out where the Nintendo head quarters were located, but we just couldn't get any directions to it. We did end up going to lots of cool places, Nara being one of my favorite.
I got a 6 month working holiday visa but ill probably extend it out. I basically came exclusivly for the jaPOW and yakiniku. So if i can work next season as well, that'd be a blast.
That been said, wouldnt want to live here, that'd suck. Too many rules for my liking. Plus being white here means you are always treated as gaijin. Which is fine, i understand and respect that, having random dudes take photos with me because i have a slavic nose got old after about a week though.
The japanese console market shrunk considerably over the last several years. The PS3/360 really caught Japan off guard. Studios folded, unable to keep up with the bigger, more demanding budgets. Then the smartphone sucker punch'd them with cheap games that can be played on the go.
At least where i work, I'd estimate that 90% of gaijin don't know any japanese when they get here. I knew my hiragana and katakana and how to say 'i love beer'. If that gives you an idea.
Yes, I do. My girlfriend and I got married, and I decided I wanted to live there with her, rather than living here in America. What can I say, after vacationing in Japan several times I fell love with the place. I've got a spouse visa, so there's no limit as to how long I can stay.
if you're outside the country you'll be treated as gaijin, no matter what color
this ofcourse is just generalizing, I'm sure foreigners can have a great time there without being treated like some kind of apartheid creature
it also helps not to take everything here for granted and go figure out for yourself
Nah it's not bad. It's just like, everyone is Japanese. I'm not. If i do anything culturally stupid, then im baka gaijin.
The key is to not do anything stupid and be super polite all the time.
>it also helps not to take everything here for granted and go figure out for yourself
pfffff I wish, that's why I made the thread. School loans and shit, I'll never make it to Nipland
Truth be told it was language exchange. I know it sounds kind of lame, meeting on the internet at first, but we hit it off real quick. She even confessed to me, saying "am I the only one you will ever want".
Afterwards we decided to meet in person. I flew there a couple of times, met her parents. They were pretty chill but didn't speak a word of English. Our relationship blossomed pretty quickly, and I eventually proposed to her.
I'm a guy who's been living in Japan for 8 years now. Married, etc.
Just about what anybody says about Japan is hyperbole, and that goes for the good and the bad. Japan is a very nice place to live. The arcades are a blast, it's extremely fun if you're into manga and gaming, and most people are very nice.
Yes, you'll always be treated as a 'foreigner', but what do you expect from such a homogeneous society? They don't see foreigners very often, so it's going to be jarring for them of course. If you don't make it a big deal, they won't.
>I'd estimate that 90% of gaijin don't know any japanese when they get here
By that do you mean the people you work with, or the customers? Also, how old are you?
This sounds like something I'd be into
Where in Chiba will you be?
I'm in Chiba City near Chiba Station.
Thanks bro. I couldn't believe how much they liked me. I spoke in some broken ass Japanese but they seemed to be impressed, even giving their blessings to our marriage. That or they were just being their usual polite Japanese selves, and not telling the truth. But I had a good time, and I have a feeling they were genuine.
People who smoke do so because tobacco is a stimulant. It's an enjoyable experience and I don't even do it that often because of the health risks created by the absurd canceriffic cigs that are so common.
if you can't get used to a little tobacco smoke you're a pussy, hands down. Same as you would be if you couldn't get used to the smell of stale beer or many of the other vagaries you see in bars or nightclubs.
The world does not exist to make you comfortable and happy, learn to take the good with the bad.
Holy shit nice!
I have to ask then, how long did it take to become fluent in Japanese and how did you find a job that wasn't teaching English? I'm getting a degree in Computer Networking if that helps at all in Japan currently. I would honestly move there if I liked it after a vacation. It just seems so fucking comfy.
I'm learning a bit of Japanese in prep for a short trip at the end of the year.
I know it's pretty tried, I'm sure, but games and anime and shit make it seem pretty cool, and I'm eager to see what it's really like.
sounds neat, I'll keep that in mind
I was thinking of visiting again and sit on beaches at night(went to osaka 8 years ago) with my telescope to see some stars
can't see squat here in europe
I still teach English, actually. The key is to find those small schools that aren't affiliated with any large corporation because they're much more relaxed.
Don't plan to teach forever, but I'll probably do it for another 2 or 3 years, maybe. No reason to stop right now because my workload is incredibly light, and my boss is a super nice guy who pays for half of our rent because I'm like a son to him.
As for learning Japanese, the key to that is to obviously just take any opportunity to practice it. Never turn down a chance to communicate because you're nervous or shy. As long as you don't actively forgo studying and communicating, you'll just naturally pick it up.
Mostly everyone there speaks English as a second language. Of course there's always Tomoko from the sticks who probably can't speak a word of it, but I imagine you'll be going to places like Tokyo.
I wouldn't go as far as to say everyone speaks English. They study it in school but it's basically the same as when kids are forced to study Spanish in the US. Most of them won't use it and forget it as soon as they graduate.
Ah, okay. You're nowhere near me, unfortunately.
You have Steam? Maybe we can hang out in Tokyo if we ever have some free time. I can introduce you to one of my gaming friends, but he's usually pretty busy.
Yeah but when you see pictures of Japan all of the signs and shit are all in English. If they don't know it how the fuck do they even get around. That sounds like a stupid question but it seems like everything over there is written in English.
Anon who moved to japan a couple weeks ago here.
>Bloodbourne is being hyped as fuck around akiba.
>Portables aren't as common as you'd think since smart phones (sumaho) are probably more common than flip phones (galake) now so everything plays mobile games or reads manga on trains
>Game centres are mostly UFO and rhythm games
>Tablets are huge followed by laptops. Desktops are pretty uncommon (judging from availability of parts)
That's not even true. Most people here don't know any English at all aside from "I'm sorry" or "Nice to meet you." Things like that.
They study it in in school, but they immediately forget it when they graduate.
Stupidly easy. All you need is a 4-year degree of any kind, but having an actual English degree or teaching minor is a big plus. Most people who come here just have some random degree and are only here for a year or two before they go back home.
You'll always be a gaijin. Though it's really not THAT much of a big deal as long as you're cool and can at least speak to them. Japanese tend to be really shy around foreigners especially because of the cultural and language differences.
Except Roppongi I guess where everyone's either a gaijin or a foreign-cock-hungry slut.
Come on now, Anon. There's no English signs that don't have Japanese on them, as well. The only signs that are purely English are the ones done so for stylish advertising reasons, basically.
yeah man it was sick. I studied abroad in Tokyo for one year living on campus at my university. when I got into my tiny ass dorm room, I quickly learned that the university firewall blocked steam and other fun internet shit. and that's how my story ends. because I wasn't able to play vidya with friends back home, i was forced to do other shit for a whole year, like socialise.
>Bloodbourne is being hyped as fuck around akiba.
The Last of Us was hyped up too. Bloodborne is being super hyped here right now because PS4 is finally getting an actual exclusive. Not even trying to start a console war or anything, but the system has barely had anything to advertise, so they're pushing it hard right now.
Plan ahead and do one district at a time, perhaps even one district a day. Like if you wanna hang around Shibuya/Harajuku spend the whole day there, if you wanna visit Akihabara spend a day there, if you wanna chill in Shimokitazawa spend a day there. Part of the charm of Tokyo is getting lost in small streets and finding cool-ass stores, restaurants and cafes.
It was weird, I didn't expect them to accept me so quickly, especially considering how shit my Japanese is. They told me I was an earnest and sincere young man. Hell I don't even have a whole lot of money either, so I expected them to hate that too. You just never know how well it turns out until you actually experience it.
Not really a Japan story but involving Japan
>Go to fancy anniversary party in the city for my grandparents.
>Arrive around three hours before it begins so I decide to go look around.
>End up in a Japanese bookstore
>A Bunch of Japanese tourists see me in my suit and tie and mistake me for Jim Belushi. Specifically his Jake Blues character.
Filthy gaijin here. I'm planning to travel to Japan, more precisely to Tokyo. What are the best neighborhoods to rent a room in a hotel or house? I don't want to spend two hours in a train to reach Shibuya or Akihabara, so I wanna know if there're cheap places in Tokyo to stay.
Wow, it really is that easy. That would be great, because getting a job here in my own country is hard as shit. Anything outside of fucking Walmart or whatever is out of the question.
People i work with. Im in niseko so most guests are either australian or chinese. If you can communicate with those people, you're sorted. Niseko is notirious for being full of idiot australians, but hypothetically you could get a job at a smaller mountain for a more auhentic expierence, but thats not what i did this year, heh. You a skier or boarder?
I'm 23. But yeah, >>288449958 knows whats up.
27, she looks like she's 18 though. She's at that age where she wants to be a house wife and have children soon. I think part of why they weren't so picky is because they wanted to marry her off soon.
>If so, then you really don't know anything about it. No offense or anything.
*Grabs you by the throat* Back the fuck off?!?!?!
Nah, you're right. I'm just looking at pictures dreaming of being there. It just so happens that all of the pictures I've come across that contain some sort of sign do it like that.
What a weird place that must be to live.
Your home town is basically a satire of itself. You are swamped with tourists who think they know anything about your culture because they played a game or watched a cartoon that was made in your country.
Shit must suck.
Just have a cigarette, jesus christ.
Is all of /v/ a straight edge?
The hardest part is getting over here. Once you find a job that'll accept out-of-country teachers, you just have to work there for a year, quit, then find a job somewhere else in the country that's closer to where you want to be.
I started in Shizuoka and slowly moved my way closer to Tokyo. Had to work one or two shit schools before finally being here, but oh well.
I only really looked in a retro store and, as you'd expect, it varied from fucking nothing to insane depending on rarity/condition.
Just looking on bic camera the new one pice game on ps4 is 7000y~ so around 70USD
Yeah, my wife was the same. She's 29 now, but she looks 21. Everybody always asks her if she's a university student.
There's a lot of pressure for people to get married before 30. Since my wife was 27 when we got together, her grandfather was always worried and would jokingly ask her when she's finally going to find a nice guy.
Girls here can be kind of prude until they hit 27 or so. Then, they panic and realize that they wasted all their time being prude and have to get married within 3 years or face slight social stigma.
I've snowboarded before but I'm probably more experienced with Japanese than I am with snowboarding.
I'm assuming the pay is well enough that you can support yourself and everything. All I really want is to live there and support myself for a good couple of years to get the language down.
I don't know about hospitals, but a lot of shops close up real early. I was shopping in Aoyama and Shibuya once and there were places closing up at 7.30 for god's sake. Restaurants close between 8-12 depending them. It's just clubs, bars, izakayas, family restaurants, karaoke parlors and manga cafes that close up after midnight.
My older sister taught in Japan, and my brother and I visited her for a week. One day while we were there, we visited an arcade, and ended up playing Initial D against each other. Within 5 minutes we drew a sizeable crowd, all of the Japs watching the two foreigners playing arcade games. I had no idea what they were saying. They were commenting the whole time while me and my Bro insulted and trolled each other. We ended up kinda putting on a show, smashing into each other, boxing the other guy in, etc. while yelling insults and such at each other. We gave them a good laugh, the game ended, and the crowd dispersed, but it was kinda cool.
I thought that the Japs hated foreigners, but the whole time they treated us really well. They were probably racist behind our backs, but whatever. I had fun.
>You will never visit Japan
Feels bad man. I just want to go there at least once in my lifetime
You're right about that, they tend to be prudes before their late 20s. She seems so sincere, kind, loving, everything I could ever want in a woman. She likes me for who I am. People always ask her if she's a university student as well, then again I've gotten the same fucking questions too and I'm also 27.
That 30 year mark is pretty universal, but it seems like it's stressed a lot more in Japan. Maybe I'm just generalizing though. Personal experience and all, not very objective. So is her grandfather a pretty chill guy? What's she like too?
Ausfag currently living in japan. Rent in outer tokyo is literally half what you pay in sydney. Less floor space sure but it's still stupid cheap by comparison.
Apparently buying is expensive though.
i've always wanted to travel
and japan seems like a beautiful place
what do you recommend me do
as a person on non-extravagant funds
to fully experience and enjoy nippon (please)
this is how you gotta go about life
if you worry about what you don't know
you'll never have a good time
but if you focus on enjoying yourself
then you draw crowds of japanese people
Big-city Japanese are curious, even if they see a lot of foreigners they don't really interact with them.
I don't think many hate foreigners, at least no more than in any other country.
What do you like to do? Japan's got a shit ton of things for different people. Traditional culture, architecture, nature, fashion, music, animu, games, gotta focus on something first.
>All these marriage stories
What does marriage feel like
Yep, sounds like you and I are basically in the same boat. I, too, am a babyface wonder who is 28 but don't look it. Welcome to the Young'n Club.
Her grandfather passed away recently, and I never actually met him. She took it really hard because they were pretty close. One of the kanji in her name is from his name, and she often went to him for advice.
She wants to be a baker. She doesn't really have any hobbies right now, but she enjoys reading fantasy books. Her job is shit right now, so she doesn't have a lot of free time. I feel bad for her, so we try to do stuff together on the weekends. I cook for her a lot so she can relax a bit more.
How about you?
Pay is terrible on mountain for gaijin, afer tax its like 450yen an hour. Not a great place to save money, im probably slightly in the red this season because i bought a set of fat all mountain rockers and ski boots.
That been said, knowing japanese would be a bonus because it means you could get work in hokkoda, furano or some tiny onsen near Aomori where you would have awesome pow and almost exclusivly japanese coworkers.
Ill add that i actually got lucky this season in that i work in a kitchen where eveyone is japanese with next to no english, so my nihongo skills have improved a little. It is therefore possible to get better at the language in niseko, but yeah im probably pretty lucky in that regard.
>Rent in outer tokyo is literally half what you pay in sydney.
I have no problem believing this, chinks are buying property here like they buy Louis Vuitton handbags. Can't wait to leave this cuntry.
I recently went with 5 other mates.
Japan was amazing, so much to do, so much to see. We watched Sumo's, went to Mt Fuji's suicide forest, drank heavily (You can drink in public in Japan), all shared a bromantic onsen sesh and visited a cat cafe and a maid cafe. If you're into retro vidya I'd recommend you visit a place called Super Potato, it's in Akihabara, best fucking store ever, bought a whole bunch of retro shit. I'll hang around for a bit if anyone wants to hear more. Pic related, this was on the stairs for one of the floors at Super Potato.
You missed out on some great arcades. Learn to deal with smoke. Especially in Japan. If you can't deal with some smoke smell to enjoy yourself, then you need to harden the fuck up. Its not even that bad.
experiences are experiences
i would love to experience their culture
i would like to view their architecture
i'd absolutely love to go about in nature
i wouldn't mind noticing fashion or music trends
same with animu
but games are something I'm moderately interested in
it's mainly nature and culture though
culture including food
Tsukuba's home to JAXA, which is Japanese NASA if you like that stuff. It's the place in Uchuu Kyoudai if you read it.
Place is pretty damn boring otherwise though.
As a tourist? You'll be fine. Hand signals and shit, just know how to say 'kore' for 'this' and you can travel okay.
Imagine a girlfriend you had 10 years ago that you stopped talking to and you looked her up on facebook and shes fat as hell.
Now imagine you're still stuck with her in the exact same town with 2 kids and you have no money to spend on fun things and you never get to have sex.
Yeah, we're pretty fortunate to have that baby face when you think about it. It can be a little annoying, but at times you're thankful for it. Her grandparents have been dead for years, she misses them greatly though. My wife likes to play some vidya as well, she's a huge movie buff too. Right now she's in management, her job is wearing on her too. How about yours? How are you getting along? I don't mind being an ALT, but I admit, sometimes the job can be a bit tedious.
Get the fuck down to the Kansai area. Best food in the country and you've got Kyoto and Nara for the culture. The people there are more loud, boisterous and friendly too compared to Tokyoites. Architecture-wise I think there are some Tadao Ando buildings there, Church of Light is in Osaka.
Music's pretty alright, DenDen Town has plenty of games and animu things, fashion's passable though. But food and culture? You're set.
Aw shit where is this Super Potato store? I've been to Akihabara twice now, but I'm always with some fuckwits who just want to keep walking instead of stopping to see shit. I'm leaving in mid April and want to go back to Akihabara one last time. Hopefully with no faggots wanting to just walk the streets instead of exploring.
>Kyoto and Nara for the culture. The people there are more loud, boisterous and friendly too compared to Tokyoites.
that's something I noticed
tho nobody are more loud, boisterous and friendly than the folks in the midwest tho
Gifu is great
We get along fine. She's a bit of a 'worry wart' and worries about things too much, but recently, she's been working on it.
My wife likes to play video games, but she sticks to RPG's and puzzle games because she's honestly really bad at games. She can barely finish simple level in any Mario game, and she usually dies 10 times along the way.
Where are you at, anyway?
It is back behind the main big street. Head out of the station, head towards that huge street, cross it, then go back behind the building on that side. Sorry, it's hard to describe because it's a super small store that's hidden back there. If you have trouble, just go into any game store and ask: "Super Potato no omise ha doko desu ka?" They can probably guide you there.
when /v/ talks about anything but vidya it's great
it also helps that its night time now, /v/'s finest hours.
Roughly 800 euros from here in netherlands, but for me only 550, having an aunt as a stewardess really helps with traveling costs
We saw a lot of really creepy shit, no bodies though, there was an old bike hung up in a tree, a few places that looked like people had slept in the bushes, we didn't really venture off the track. it was pretty relaxing as far as suicide forests go. It's at the base of Mt Fuji.
I'm not really too sure how to describe where it was, it was near some maid cafes n' shit. We kind of found it by accident, I remember reading about it, exploring Akihabara then hearing the Mario over-world theme and shitting my pants with excitement.
I want to visit Senran Kagura towns
>tfw 2013's best ramen in Japan is a five minute walk from where I live
>traveling across train in japan
>get curious stares but no problem
>reading up some dutch book at one of the stations
>this native comes out of fucking nowhere and started talking dutch
>we spend talking for awhile
>seems like he's a bit of a dutchboo
>still friends to this day
>that happened 4 years ago
what are the fuck odds
make them occassional lad, can't have them too frequent.
The best colours show when there isn't an opportunity for shitposting,
and although I'd love a nightly Japan /v/ thread,
it wouldn't be long until it gets ostracized for being a thing people like
and then the magic of the thread is ruined.
It's like the wonderful KH thread yesterday night that killed super easy,
they don't happen often but there's usually one magnificent and vibin' thread a night.
You just have to kill your circadian rhythm for it.
Went to Tokyo earlier this month. Saw people mostly play on their smartphones on the trains and some even play with a PS Vita (a middle aged salayman). Played at the Sega Center at Akihabara but failed miserably in those claw grabber game. Got me Gundam Exterme VS and A.C.E R for a total of $5.
We have shitty mods. One of them banned me for posting in a shitposting thread that they absolutely refused to delete. I need that image with the black guy and Jew holding an anon, keeping them down.
>tfw holding chopsticks lefthanded and people asking me jokingly if I was raised properly
>TFW visit the place where Yakuza games are based on
Nah, I finished university before moving here. I was teaching English at a shit job and ended up quitting because nope.
How do you like it there? I went to the university once or twice to do some sort of "Hang out and talk in English" meet-up things, but it was kind of boring, so I never went back.
By the way, if any fellow Japan dwellers want to hit me up and chat, here's my Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/taishiou/
Or if you have questions about Japan or whatever. Doesn't matter to me.
You're also probably only seeing signs in places where tourists would travel.
Trust me, the majority of the people I've met there have horrible english, and the ones who don't are too shy/embarrassed to use it unless they've had a few drinks
Just eat everything else. You've got most regular ramen, okonomiyaki, yakiniku and shit. Osaka food is basically beer food stuff that you'd probably be cool with.
If you buy new, hell yes. But there are tons of places in Japan where you can buy used games for pretty cheap, and they're usually in very nice condition too. I've bought quite a few games from used game shops that look brand new. Hell, one time I found Tales of Vesperia PS3 and it WAS brand new, still in the wrapping, but they had to sell it at a used price because it was at a store for used games.
Whenever I go to Akiba I always leave with more games than I have time to play.
I'd like to get into Steam
just because of all the cool cats that seem to sloth around in it
but my computer is shit and there's nothing for me to play on Steam with a bad computer.
I s-swear I'm a c-c-chill guy
>TFW didn't have enough money to buy a New3DS XL for $150
I'm ridiculously picky in my home country but I eat pretty much everything here. Just don't ask what shit is. I'm not great with seafood either with the sole exception of salmon sashimi.
For the most part, yes. Most jobs aren't going to take the time to deal with a non-graduate, finding that person an apartment, setting things up, etc. Obviously, I can't speak for every company, and there's bound to be somebody that'll take you in.
You're better off with SOME kind of degree, though.
Hello there. Different anon here. I recently went to an aquarium here in Japan. I can't remember the name of the aquarium tho. I'll have to look it up.
Also pic related. One of the many pictures I took at the aquarium.
NHK, TV Asahi, TV Tokyo, and Fuji TV are the main broadcast stations in the Tokyo area. There might be one more I'm forgetting.
Drinking age is 20 here. So, you should wait 2 years before coming.
HD consoles were a challenge for Jap developers and a lot of them still hung onto the PS2
Budgets just became too large to deal with for most smaller devs so they folded/moved to handheld development so the nips were uninterested in PS3 until way later on.
Now that the PS4 is out they've all moved to smartphones or just play 3DS/Vita. It will pick up I believe but not for another year or two.
Ive been to Japan several times since I work at FEMA trying to set up international partnerships.
The one thing about Japan is its different exactly where you go because each regions have a differnt look on gaming. For example Tokyo is big on gaming but Sopparo is not so much. I have gone to some of the arcades which was weird because when we think of arcades here in the states its usually for kids but there its for all. Some of the foreigners I was working with dragged me to them hitting the small bars and arcades which was fucking fun. My advice is make friends with the locals because they will show you the best places.
A lot of asian countries are like this.
black exgfwent to China and people were constantly wanting to take pictures of her/with her and taxi's would refuse to drive her anywhere, lel
Because you insist on not using such easy chat methods, Anon! Get with the times!
>mfw Brood X 10 years ago
that was like my 'Nam
the japs ain't got shit on that, if I go to Japan at least I'll know the cicadas won't bother me
Sexually-oriented ones? Never been to one or have any interest in going, but sexual consent here is 18, so you can probably go to that kind of place.
If you're talking about a normal massage parlor, then you can be any age, really.
Yeah they do. It was pretty cool. I can't seem to find them on my camera, so they might be on the phone I borrowed from my brother. So have this fish instead.
New games are and its not like 'Murrica where games are all standard price of 59.99
They vary wildly
But retro gaymen you can find shit that goes for like $200 here for equivalent 15 or so
Wouldn't the best time to go to Japan be next year? They're holding the Olympics in Tokyo, so there's going to be A LOT of foreigners.
attention all people who will visit japan in the near future
THE TELEVISION THERE IS FUCKING HORRIBLE HOLY SHIT, THEY CANT ACT WORTH FOR 10 SHITS HOLY SHIT OH KEK ON A STICK THE FUCKING CRINGE KILL MEEEEEEEEEEEEE
and lay eggs in your ears
speaking of roaches, the gokiburi they have there are huge aren't they? when I visited suriname they had some big fucking roaches. not sure if they're anything big as japan.
only if you want it
i only bend that way if the person fits the bill
and beach stargazing sounds like an awesome experience
sharing it with someone would be cool too
what's wrong with a lil snapchat :0
steam is like skype
it tries to open all the time when I don't need it to
and slows down my computer
I wish it weren't so out-of-the-way
otherwise I wouldn't mind using it to kill my time talking to lonely people from /v/
You do realize you can limit what opens on start-up, right? Just Google it. And Steam never starts up unless you actually initiate it.
If you're just some lonely guy looking to ERP with other lonely people or something, though, can't help you there.
you have the crazy kind ones and the crazy mean ones
the kind ones always talk in broken english and want to talk with you despite that, and take pictures and share it with their friends
>mom! I made a picture with a foreigner! hes black! and has a big afro!
every single time
it's late but I don't want to enterprise resource plan with anyone
I'm not lonely
but it's fun to engage with other people
and learn about them, don't you think?
especially people from 4chan
because you're of an
Most of the people I added from here ended up being total bro's, and not unsavoury.
That's just my personal experience though.
i'd agree with you
everybody is redeeming
but it's interesting to get to know someone from solely behind a screen
that adds a lot more to the relationship
and takes away a lot more too
I'm fascinated by social trends and contingencies
which is partly why I want to travel to japan
nature is my guilty pleasure
while absorbing the culture and observing people is my mental lust
not at all, quite a few youths/adolescents like rap, but usually the good kind from the 80s 90s
I've noticed people can speak a foreign language perfectly if they sing it, with no accent whatsoever
guess that also makes sense with non-english europeans singing english as if they're natives
Went to super potato In January. On the top floor they have a game center type thing. We looked around and played a game, but then we sat for a second to check our street-passes. The guy in the store came up to us and told us that the 3ds and Vita was prohibited. He was susper nice and we felt so bad. So we said sorry and looked around a bit more before leaving. This is a photo of Akihabara from the top floor I took. I miss Japan so much.
>I've noticed people can speak a foreign language perfectly if they sing it, with no accent whatsoever
don't know what japs you've been hearing sing in english, but literally everyone who tries to sing an english song at karaoke does so with a pretty thick accent
Because its a store that has a heavy focus on older gaming hardware and arcade machines. 'Retro' store if you will. He wasn't a dick about it or anything, he was just telling us the rules. I should have known better to be honest.
Picture related was the game center.
>you have the crazy kind ones and the crazy mean ones
I guess it's nice that people are willing to talk to you out of the blue.
How often to the mean ones crop up? Anything physical? Kinda wondering if it would be a waste of money to visit one day.
if you want to read it that way, haha, yes
I picked up this style of writing from the wisest man I've ever met
he's also the most psychotic person I've met, too
but it vibes with you after a while
and becomes the natural way to express your thoughts
>Game center is so old that plants are starting to grow everywhere
Some canons are scared as Fuck that the press coverage on Japan over the Olympics will focus on its weird culture.
Also, big events like the Olympics cost a shitload of money and the host country only makes like a third back.
Would Japan be a good place to travel to alone?
I recently came into some money and want to travel somewhere for about 2 - 3 weeks and I'd love to visit Japan. Problem is I know zero Japanese and I've never travelled alone, I've always been with at least one friend.
>that glorious feel when nobody responded to this pathetic idiot
i'm 6'6, and walking through there was a fucking nightmare. Those (fake) plants are hanging at about 6'3. Which i'm sure is fine for 99.9% of the general population.
it was kind of cool being that tall in Japan though.
Do Jap girls like tall (6'3") skinny dudes? Grills in my home country like my height but always wish I was more buff.
Getting laid would be a bonus, not the reason I'd want to go, or even something I'd try to get. Just curious.
Yeah, Japan would be easy as fuck to travel alone. There's plenty to do. You can get by with a few phrases and a lot of people speak at least some level of English, and even if they don't there's other ways to communicate.
Depends if you want to do rural areas or not though too I suppose.
Go into a Sega arcade in Akihabara and watching some people play the project Diva games. Jesus christ, those mother fuckers move like lightning. Its incredible. Really you could just watch any of them play rhythm games, its amazing.
I'm into vidya (obviously) but not anime or anything. I'd want to check out Tokyo because I've never been to a mega city and it's got a lot of cool stuff (like the suicide forest, akihabara, etc). I hear Kyoto and Osaka are great as well.
I also love history, old ass architecture, museums, interesting food. But the main draw is the wild stuff you can't really find anywhere else. I don't want to be seen as a weirdo lonely gaijin tho, which is why I'm apprehensive of going alone.
>press coverage on Japan over the Olympics will focus on its weird culture
like all press coverage on Japan
>big events like the Olympics cost a shitload of money and the host country only makes like a third back
My city hosted the summer olypmics before, and we made a net profit of several million dollars (not including better infrastructure in roughly every field)
I live near there and never been there, I just wanted to know if they had good shit since I have never been good at waiting for packages to arrive, it's all I think about from the time it ships till it gets to my house
People are worried that the government will try to sanitize their weird quirky image and kill anime and stuff. I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of the sex stuff and loli porn becoming illegal in japan
Grew up and was raised in Japan. Yokosuka to be exact.
Military-brat here. Fucking loved that place. Still go back to visit parent's because they are stationed there still.
>tfw always had stuff to do
>want to travel? take the train
>food fucking everywhere
Fuck man I really miss that place.
MAYBE the loli stuff could become illegal but being "wacky japan" means more money, and sex stuff/weird quirky image/anime and stuff is exactly the way to get money from people who want to exploit the "wacky japan" angle
There is so fucking much culture to be consumed in Japan. There's a tonne of Parks and museums to be found and enjoyed. Most of the tokyo area is easy as fuck to travel around via trains. unbelievable amounts of shrines and stuff you can visit. If you do some planing before you go, you could spend a month doing stuff every day and still have stuff to do next time you visit.
May I ask why you want to go alone? It's a pretty safe country, and in the tokyo area in particular they're pretty used to seeing foreigners. Wouldn't you have more fun though experiencing everything with a family member or a friend?
Are you white or black? (or non-asian really)
Are you fluent in Japanese or did you go to an English speaking school on the base?
Are you eligible to live in Japan since you lived there for years?
Your friend is dumb and enjoys stereotyping, apparently.
I've been here for 8 years and have never heard anybody say that muscles are 'disgusting'. Yeah, if you look like some oiled-up Mr. Universe, it might gross people out. Having natural muscle mass isn't going to get any gross stares, though.
I live there and am dating a Japanese girl
Trust me, the typical hot guy is slim and boyish, sure, but there are plenty of women here who love muscly men, and there is no consensus of buff people being considered disgusting. At most, some might say that you are too muscly or that they find you unattractive, but definitely not disgusting.
>Wouldn't you have more fun though experiencing everything with a family member or a friend?
Dude. Traveling alone is the ultimate thrill. Just you and your wits against the world. It forces you to make connections, since otherwise you'll waste away from lack of social interaction in a place you know nothing about.
At least for me, anyway. The introverted types can have fun playing games all day in the arcades, I imagine. For me, at least, traveling is all about meeting new people. If I wanted to bond with family/friends, I'd stay home.
Sounds like you guys are taking what I said too literally. He didn't say disgusting, but he did say it wasn't the norm and generally wasn't considered appealing like in the west. I'm sure there are girls that dig it, but not your average Jap chick. That's what I meant.
>Are you white or black? (or non-asian really)
Never experienced racism from the Japanese for being shitstain flip. However did get shit for being American a few times. Mostly because we were being rowdy loud American teenagers.
>Are you fluent in Japanese or did you go to an English speaking school on the base?
I speak a little Japanese because I love anime and often went out so I read a little. I went to an English speaking school on base. Took Japanese for two years in highschool. It's rough at most.
>Are you eligible to live in Japan since you lived there for years?
Not really sure. I'm 100% American. I lived there for 9 years. Once I graduated highschool I moved to California for college.
I live close to Osaka and go to Sega Mist 2 every Saturday to play Vampire Savior with some of the best players in the world.
Anyone else in the area?
Maybe we can meet up and play some vidya.
>aren't the Japanese self-concious on the fact that everyone thinks they're weird
From what I've heard from friends here and such, their idea of what others think of them is that they are overly polite and neat/clean, and the thought of them being weird or wackier than other countries is sort of on the back-burner in terms of stereotypes
TV here exploits the wacky angle as well, so it's not like its just some shameful stigma that has been placed on them
>May I ask why you want to go alone?
Oh, I don't want to go alone. I'd much rather go with a friend, but all my friends are poorfags who would never have enough dough to go.
I have one friend who could, who I have travelled with previously, but he's currently studying abroad in Europe and when he gets back he'll be out of money
I hate this shit.
>I want to go to japan to learn about the culture.
If you were to have said this on any other website then it probably wouldn't have been obvious, but culture is the excuse every weeb gives when they want an excuse to go to Japan and buy anime related shit without sounding like a weeb.
Man. Why can't /v/ always be like this. Is it the topic? The time? Threads like this remind me of why I come back to this shithole.
on topic though: How delicious is the sushi over there. GF recently got back from a trip and she was raving about the food. and I'm like, well, you're fat and eat fast food so, can't really trust your opinion.
What else is 'disgusting' supposed to mean? You were wrong, and that's fine. Don't try to act like we misunderstood you, though.
It's not the norm because Japanese men have a much different body types than westerners, especially in regards to chest and shoulder mass. I'm a small 5'9" guy, and my shoulders barely fit in a lot of shirts here. And I'm only 59kg.
Sorry about the late reply, There was too many things to write in one post so I'll post two of my most memorable moments.
Robot Restaurant was one of the craziest shows I've ever seen in my life, at one point in the show there was a person in a gorilla costume riding a giant moth fighting a giant mechanical spider, this was all live with costumes and robots.
The maid cafe was another weird experience, the maids pretended that they were all our 13 year old sisters, which in my opinion is weird to begin with then some dude started dressing up like a wolf and howling, all of us were so taken back by what the fuck was happening, good experience though. Pic related
Hahahahah I didn't know that it's frowned upon. Yeah we were roaming around, if it was night time at least one of us had a beer in our hands .
Ah, well thank you for your response. I'm the person who asked the question.
I assumed they liked slimmer but I'm borderline holocaust survivor level. I have nice face I guess?
Your friend is dumb. How many times do I have to tell you that? I'm also beginning to think you're even dumber than he is.
It's okay, though. Don't listen to any other opinions, especially ones from other people in the same situation as your friend. His opinion is the absolute definition of truth, of course.
Yeah see people of Japan don't like the look of a 6 pack or heavily ripped arms/legs. They consider your body to look misshapen and hideous, like a monster.
It is true that a 6 pack on someone does look very abnormal. It's the shape.
say that to my face faggot
Nobody will like you except the Yakuza.
But being serious since you're Asian you probably won't get noticed (unless you're dressed "american" or look touristy), but as soon as you speak they'll realize you're american and they'll assume you're Chinese which won't win you any favours. You could always lie and say your grandparents are from Japan or something.
I really like this channel, there's a lot of good tips about japan, curiosities, facts etc.
Also, what about half-japanese in japan? I am half japanese half european, just curious if it's going to be better or worse.
Alright man, it was funny the first time, getting stale
Meiji shrine was fucking beautiful this February.
Well, maybe it is but if you had the opportunity to live in a different country for a year and continue your degree with all the credits transferring wouldn't you do it as well?
Won't matter. you won't be treated any differently from any other foreigner, unless you look particularly asian and speak the language.
They don't treat foreigners poorly, just to clarify. They often just assume you only speak English (Regardless of if you do or not) and you might get a few looks from older people.
Naw man. I love having my dick fall off because of frost bite.
I went to Japan in the winter with my mother. We hadn't seen each other for five years and decided to go there for shopping because she lived close to it.
We went to Tokyo, and it was a really nice city, urban sprawl aside. Akiba was nice, lots of cool stuff, I got some cool movie action figures and so forth. We also bought some cool clothes from specialty stores in Shibuya and Harajuku. When you wander around the frozen gardens in winter it's pretty weirdly relaxing (though the gigantic fucking raven staring at us on top of a pole was unsettling).
My best memory though was riding the train. I was just sitting there when I felt something gently rest on my shoulder. It was a cute Japanese schoolgirl. She fell asleep on me.
Best. Trip. Ever.
>Rack up an extra $30-40k in debt to browse 4chan in a different country.
>not racking up debt banging foreign chicks and making foreign friends to eventually come back and visit
bonus points for knocking a chick up! Free pass.
I have a million stories about japan, but I will tell you my yakuza story:
>staying in shinjuku for a week before heading north
>during the day wander around a lot
>decide to look for a cheap dipping noodle shop
>wander to an edge ally in shinjuku
>see two noodle shops, one was your standard normal looking ramen place with ramen for 9 dollars
>see a funky little more rundown ramen shop 2 stores down
>7 dollar ramen
>im a cheapass so I say fuck it and go for the 7 dollar
>it was like out of a movie, the 4 people just stopped and looked at me without saying anything
>this big ass guy in the corner wearing a white shirt
>Can see his massive full body tattoos through his shirt
>he is eye fucking me hard
>order my ramen from shopkeep
>he is giving me a wtf look
>sit there in the shop, take out sketchbook
>THE ENTIRE TIME I was waiting for my ramen the guy was just staring at me
>I dont even make eye contact
>I get my ramen
Now remember, slurping is normal in Japan
>I slurp my noodles quietly
>all of the sudden...I hear him slurp his noodles
>I slurp a little louder
>He slurps even louder
>Now I am in a full blown slurping contest
>He starts laughing, and says something in japanese to me
>I feel better now
>go to pay bill
So thats my shinjuku yakuza noodle slurp off.
I had colours tooo...
Fuck that's beautiful man, I'm going to have to visit during Autumn at some point.
>you will never go to Japanese arcades and play IIDX, Pop'n Music, and SDVX all day every day
Dear god, it's almost as beautiful than Northeastern autumn
I love it here.
I wonder if this is what it feels like anyone who leaves their country for another. They're are tons of problems but I am honestly so much happier here then I was anywhere else.
I encourage anyone to attempt to learn the language at the very least. It is a worthwhile experience.
Fuck, I have a story about this shit.
>In Sega center in Akihabara
>I like Rhythm games, and i'm 'decent' at them.
>Playing some project diva just fine
>Move over to Pop'n Music, never played it before
>How hard can it be?
>Get rekt, even on the 5 button mode. Absolutely cannot keep up.
>Some Japanese guy starts watching
>He says something in Japanese and puts money in the machine next to me
>goes full 9 button mode, fucking maximum difficulty
>fucking doesn't miss a beat.
>Shakes my hand and walks off
Fuck, I loved that guy.
I did a study abroad program in Japan for six months and my loan was only about 7,000 dollars. I didn't get to do much and had to ration it like a madman, but it was still one of the best times in my entire life. I even lost a lot of weight due to having to save money on food. Though I think I started developing vitamin deficiencies from eating nothing but sandwiches, noodles, and cereal almost every day.
My only regret was that I didn't take enough initiative to go out and meet women. Women liked me, but I assumed that they just fall into your lap. You still have to work towards it like everywhere else. If I ever go to Japan again, I'll know better.
I really want to learn Japanese once I have more money to my name- I'm just getting sick of wanting to play something that's never localized.
I guess that means I should go over once I'm done and buy the damn games too. It'll be a good practical test.
Its true, im not 100% sure. But he was japanese, and only japanese yakuza really get the full body tats like that. This was compounded by being in shinjuku, which is basically the seat of government for the yakuza. Also the way he carried himself was not like other japanese I met.
You won't be "comfy" in the sense of enjoying a quiet, peaceful experience. But it certainly doesn't make the surrounding area a complete shithole, and the comfy experience can be had pretty soon after the the Olympics end
>still buttfrustrated about being told how wrong you were
How long did it take you guys to learn Japanese?my uni needs me to take a ten week class on a foreign language and Japanese is one of them so Im hoping to at least learn the basics if I went with it
Went last December. On the second day I was heading into Akiba with a friend. Was just outside a store where I found a mint condition Harukasan plushie. Then I got robbed by a guy dressed as a monk. Went to the police station with a guide while my friend waited there with the other guide, reported the guy, went back to the hotel and tried to sleep it off.
Fast forward a few weeks and I'm in Fukuoka. Go to an arcade in Canal City with some friends. It was fun. Tried playing Dark Souls 1&2 at a Jap friend's house but failed miserably since their jump and interact buttons are swapped.
Nah. Real talk: It's actually pretty fucked.
The trip was supposed to be her brother sis bonding time. but her brother's heart condition tends to wear him out, so most of the trip was her wandering around by herself. I guess she went out one night for food while bro slept in, got a drink (and who could blame her, why wouldn't you want to try their local cuisine/drinks) and that's when things went south. Some dude she was talking to or someone there apparently slipped something in her drink. She got super out of it (off of one drink). and I trust this girl. She was supposed to be watching after her dying bro, so getting trashed was out of the question.
Well, when she tried to leave the restaurant/bar due to feeling off, the guy conveniently offered to get her a taxi. Then proceeded to hop in the taxi. I guess he had an arrangement. Taxi it up to a back alley. Taxi gets a cut. Guy gets the poon.
GF fought back, but got pretty banged up. Guy left and taxi eventually took her back to the hotel, with the driver acting like nothing happened. and because she's a foreigner, and was "under the influence" and out by herself, the cops paid her no mind.
I read up on it, and I guess it's actually a common complaint. Foreigners get jack shit out of cops, and it's even worse if you're a woman. Japan's sexist as fuck (from what I've read/heard).
Anyways. Rape sucks. She was traumatized and never wants to go back (despite spending years learning the language and becoming fluent).
I lived in Iwakuni Japan for a little over 3 years when I was in high school.
Whenever I went to the local arcade I always played Drum Mania. Guitar Freaks is a shitty game, but Drum Mania is fucking great.
It's really however much effort you want to put into it.
Know that taking classes and even doing well in them is nothing compared to an immersive language experience. You can try for that at home, but it's hard. When I went to Japan I found that nothing I had learned prepared me for actually talking and listening to native speakers and it took quite a while to gain to gain a natural speaking and listening ability and even then I still sucked at it.
>and because she's a foreigner, and was "under the influence" and out by herself, the cops paid her no mind.
Either you're lying, or your GF is lying
>Foreigners get jack shit out of cops, and it's even worse if you're a woman.
at least make sure your bullshit isn't literally retarded before you try it out
The sushi at tsukiji was the best I have ever had. I know it is touristy but it was fucking melt in your mouth quality goodness. Even western mart or whatever the fuck those jap 7/11's are called had good sushi compared to the west.
My chinese cartoons keep giving me mixed signals, as do games. I'd like to think that Planetes was right, though.
whatever man. but can someone back me up on Japan's general attitude towards rape? and the foreigner/law enforcement divide?
I mean. Bad shit happens all the time. Not all trips abroad are sunshine and rainbows.
>Foreigners get jack shit out of cops
My experience with Japanese police officers has been nothing short of fantastic. Some of the most helpful/nice cops I've ever interacted with
Think of having someone by your side at all times (or whenever you want, really). A permanent companion that knows all your inside jokes. Someone you can fuck basically whenever. A girl who will clean up the house, make food (even fucking cereal if you ask), pick up the clothes you toss on the floor when you get home, etc. It's pretty glorious.
I would believe it. Basically east asian cops are in denial about crime. If anything ever happens to a foreigner, they pretty much always blame it on the foreigner. I can see exactly how it would go down with the police saying 'go home, you are drunk silly gaijin'. Realistically if she went to a hospital she could have gotten a rapekit then gone to the police. Or she could immediately go the embassy.
Depends on your nationality. If you're white, going to Japan is a blast. If you're black, you're basically a walking sideshow attraction, but it ain't terrible.
If you're any other type of Asian aside from Japanese, though, prepare to have a bad fucking time.
I lived in Japan for 3 years and I can honestly say that
A) I've never heard of anything vaguely like that happening
B) The japanese cops are extremely courteous and helpful whenever I needed them.
Your girlfriend is a slut dude.
Im not a weeb, but my weeb expat friends all said akihibara was blown out and some other district north of there had become the true new weeb capital. I never investigated it.
>Basically east asian cops are in denial about crime. If anything ever happens to a foreigner, they pretty much always blame it on the foreigner.
I really can't tell if this is just some fag angry at japs who makes shit up so they look bad, or just someone who's really misinformed
I am a different person and I lived in both Japan and Korea. There often isnt any crime if you are not caught red handed. And even so, I saw people argue there way out of it depending on how severe the crime is. If an altercation takes place a native and a foreigner, all doubt will immediately first be cast on foreigner almost every time. There is a lot more to it, but basically, if you blame a foreigner there is not crime.
Something like rape she should have gone to the hospital or embassy of the police didnt do anything. If she did that, THEN the cops would for sure act because now they lost face.