I headed out to Tokyo on Friday as usual after work. Cynthia caught the same train as me. Emmet decided to show up later cuz he wanted to check out some Jujitsu dojo in Maebashi.
When we got to Tokyo, Cynthia
went to Liz's place cuz she was going to stay there and would be heading
to Thailand on Saturday. I headed to Mikado for some casuals.
plan was for us to all get some Wendy's, since this would pretty much
be our last chance to do so in Japan. At the end of this month, All 70
something Wendy's locations in Japan would be closing down for good. I
did a little checking on the internets and Japanese Wendy's is owned by
the same company that owns Sukiya (my favorite beef bowl/curry chain). I
guess they just cant compete with McDonalds and would rather focus on
opening more Sukiya's. Since Sukiya rocks hard, I wouldnt mind seeing
more locations pop up, but at the same time, having the option to eat at
Wendy's was pretty nice.
While I waited for the girls to get ready, I played exactly 12 matches of Guilty Gear. Heres the results.
MA lose x2
cabs and saw my old team mate Honyo who plays Baiken. He was playing as
Anji though for whatever reason. Made a little small talk and then...
TE win x4
the girls called and said they were waiting at the station so I went
out there to meet them. Some other Japanese girl that Cynthia knows was
with us too. I figured Emmet would be on his way soon but he told us to
go ahead cuz he was still in Maebashi.
We got to Wendys and I
tried some sorta new Chicken sandwich with a white mushroom sauce on it.
I was ok but kinda small and my fries were cold.
Wendy's, the Japanese girl went home and the 3 of us headed to Shibuya
cuz some former ALT who is friends with Cynthia was going to be DJing at
a rock bar there for like a half hour.
We found the bar and it
was mostly a punk rock bar. Not many seats, and not so big but a decent
crowd was there. We talked to some random Japanese girl for a bit and
talked a little with Cynthia's friend. Overall it was kinda boring there
though. They had Heineken on tap just like Current does except they
charged 600 yen while Current charges 5. I got a Bass ale after the
first Heineken to mix it up. The bar had some signatures of bands that
visited there and I saw Opeth had been there. Most likely, they were
there just within the last month or so cuz they recently played a show
in Shibuya that I couldnt go to cuz it was on a Tuesday. Would have been
cool to go but oh well.
After the guy finished DJing we headed
out. Liz and Cynthia werent planning to stay out all night and it was
pretty much time for the last train. We got on the sardine can Yamanote
line train and I got off at Shinjuku. I said bye to the girls who would
be going back to Takadanobaba. From there, I headed to Current.
was a decent size crowd for a Friday night but I didnt know who most of
the people were. I talked a bit to Meeri, and a few other people. Emmet
eventually rolled in there sorta late. He ended up having his train get
delayed on the Takasaki line for like probably over an hour and the
cops showed up and stuff. He says he doesnt know exactly why it was
delayed but he ended up only making it as far as Ikebukuro and had to
take a cab the rest of the way from there and it was like 3000 something
yen. Ouch. But better than getting stuck I suppose.
I was also
talking to this one guy named Rob. He was telling me that Guns n Roses
would be playing at the Tokyo Dome tomorrow! He said that tickets were
not yet sold out and that last night in Osaka, they played a 3 hour
show! Since the only old members still in the band are Axl and Dizzy, I
was reluctant to go and I didnt even know there was a show tomorrow, but
if they were gonna play that long of a set, I was down! He really
wanted me to go cuz he is a huge GnR fan. I pretty much decided that I
would since I had no other major plans for tomorrow except playing
casuals. Rob told me about how he met Axl Rose before at an after party
when he saw GnR before. He also met one of the new guitar players and
showed me a pic of them together. Rob said Axl was a totally nice guy
actually which is pretty cool.
The dude Rob (who I will now
officially call GnR Rob), was also telling me how he was a former JET
who used to work for Fuji TV and now works for Square Enix. He was
telling me all about how rough it was back when he worked for Fuji TV,
and how he got like 3 hours of sleep a night on average and the place
had a bunch of beds to sleep in for the employees because they over
worked them so much. He kept this up for 3 years till he couldnt take it
anymore. Theres no way I would be able to do something like that, and
if thats what it means to stay in Japan and work here after JET, count
me out! Im sure I can find something a little less demanding than that
though. He said his hours for Square are ok though and mostly works like
11 to 8 on weekdays and gets weekends off so thats pretty reasonable. I
forgot exactly what he does but he works on graphic design. He worked
on some RPG that I cant remember the name of for the life of me, but he
said it flopped pretty bad. The game was rushed and had really bad
loading times and slow down. Anyway, it was cool to get some insight on a
similar situation as what I might be facing in the future.
rest of the night was pretty much just drinking and chilling. We headed
to PSY after Current as usual and GnR Rob came with us.
bought us a round of shots, so I did the same, and then so did Emmet. We
got good and drunk. There were a bunch of annoying Japanese dudes there
giving us the whole "WOW! Its a foreigner and im gonna ask him a bunch
of stupid questions cuz hes a foreigner!" Kinda guys that were there
with Jackie. I dont mind when people ask me stuff but when they are like
rushing you down and interupting your conversation and doing it in an
almost racist way like theyve never seen a fucking white guy before, its
After PSY we headed to some random bar that GnR
Rob knew about. I dont even remember how to get there but it was sorta
near the Hub thats like by Zin. It was just some regular bar but it had
really good beers but they were expensive. GnR Rob bought us a round and
I got a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. Pretty tasty, but I was drunk and
passed out halfway through the beer with my hand still around the glass
lol. I guess Emmet and GnR Rob talked for a while. Emmet says I was
passed out for over an hour but who knows.
After we left, Emmet
and I headed to McDonalds. I was making fun of his New Zealand accent
cuz I was all wasted and shit. Emmet always talks with really funny
slang they use in New Zealand. Like when he has to take a piss, hes like
"I'm gonna go take a slash." I find it hilarious cuz every time Emmet
goes to pee, I just think of someone winning around of Guilty Gear,
"SLASH!" LOL! They have nothing to do with eachother but now I will
forever think of peeing and winning rounds of GG as having to do with
one another. I guess they both feel pretty good so why not, right? He
also says something is "Hard out!" when something is like cool or
interesting. Like ill be like "Yo, Emmet theres a party at Current
tonight" and he will be like "Hard out!" or something like that. Also,
when something is funny, he will just say "Crack up!". Something like
"Yo, Emmet, I just beat some scrub like 10 matches in a row", and he
would just say like "Crack up!". Its pretty funny with the New Zealand
accent. So I was like mimicking his catch phrases and shit and he was
like taping it on his phone for whatever reason. He put it on youtube
and you can see it here lol! I didnt even remember him taping it until he showed me the video later on.
Anyway, after eating we went to the manga kissa for sleep.
next day I headed right to Lawson to see if I could buy one of those
GnR tickets. Unfortunately they were now sold out, so it looks like I
wouldnt be seeing GnR. I was disapointed I couldnt go, but at the same
time its good to save money cuz I spent a lot on xmas gifts and the year
end enkai for my school next week is like 17,500 yen or something which
is a lot of money! Plus I could get more practice in for Frosty
Faustings so I did just that, and headed for the arcade.
played at Mikado. There were hardly anyone there. I won a few and then
ended up beating the game. Then Emmet and I got some Wendy's cuz he
didnt get his last chance fix in yet. I got this bacon demigrass double
cheeseburger. It was ok. They screwed up my order though and forgot to
put the extra patty of beef on there so I had to go back and ask for it.
Then later, I found a little hair in my burger that looked like a pube.
Pretty nasty. I guess they employees dont give a shit since they will
be losing their jobs in a few weeks anyway.
After eating there,
we went back to Mikado. Emmet eventually left to go to an international
party but I would rather play casuals so I stayed behind. Andy showed up
after a while. He played a little GG. There was actually some huge
Melty Blood 5 on 5 team tournament going on at the time. I had no idea
about it and neither did Andy. There were tons of people there for it
and they had the big screen going and stuff.
The GG comp never
really picked up for the day and stayed pretty bad. Andy and I decided
to go check out Big Box and play some SFIV. I hadnt touched the game in
over a month, even online at home.
Daigo was there playing as
Akuma. There were lots of other people too. They had 8 full setups going
for SFIV. I actually did surprisingly well! I didnt fight Daigo at all,
but I fought a bunch of players like a couple Ryu players, a Chun, a
Guile, a Sim, and a Gief. I beat the Gief, and I lost my first match
against the Sim (who was a master status Sim) but then beat him on my
2nd try which is pretty good cuz its a sucky match for Blanka. I was
going even with the Chun and mostly beating the Ryu players. I couldnt
beat the Guile though. I just have trouble with that matchup for
whatever reason, and he was a master Guile too. Sam showed up and met us
there after a little bit. He played some matches with his Dictator and
said he got 2 rounds on Daigo's Akuma. I didnt see it and he said Daigo
was playing very unorthadox and trying out strange things but then
switched to textbook Akuma and it was just all over after that. But I
guess getting 2 rounds is still pretty good.
I also recieved a
mail from GnR Rob who told me that Guns n Roses played like a near 3
hour and 40 minute set. This is the longest set in the bands history.
Would have been nice to be a part of it...
For those of you who are interested, I looked online and the set was as follows...
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome to the Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Catcher in the Rye
07. Band Jam (I Want You Back, Jackson 5)
08. If the World
09. Richard Fortus Solo (James Bond Theme)
10. Live and Let Die
11. Dizzy Reed Solo (Ziggy Stardust)
12. Street of Dreams
13. Band Jam
14. You Could Be Mine
15. Rocket Queen
16. My Michelle
17. DJ Ashba Solo
18. Sweet Child O' Mine
19. Shackler's Revenge
21. Band Jam
22. Axl Rose piano solo
23. November Rain
24. Band Jam
25. Whole Lotta Rosie
26. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
30. This I Love
31. Frank Ferrer Solo (We Will Rock You)
32. Out Ta Get Me
33. Ron Thal solo (Pink Panther Theme/Don't Cry)
34. Don't Cry (Axl, Ron and DJ)
37. There Was a Time
38. My Generation
41. Nice Boys
42. Paradise City
I certainly wouldnt have minded seeing a set that long!
playing for a while, we went to Shibuya to go meet up with Emmet at an
Izakaya. He said he had some girls with him from the International
party. We waited out in front of the dog statue by the famous
intersection in front of the station for a really long time. Some girl
was there and she put a PS3 box in front of the statue and just left it
there. I think it was some kinda social experiment or something to see
what people would do. Some guy checked the box and it was empty. Some
people took some pics of it. Not sure what the point was but it was
kinda funny to watch. We waited for a long time so I went to go find
some beers to kill time. After lots of walking I got them at a Family
Mart and then while I was on my way back, Emmet and his party showed up.
With Emmet was 2 girls, both of which were pretty cute, and this one
random Japanese guy who just sorta followed them.
around a bit and Emmet tried to find the izakaya but couldnt, so we
ended up going to another izakaya but it worked out ok. One of the girls
had to leave so she went home. The rest of us headed in and had some
drinks and food. It was ok but the portions on some of the menu items
were pretty small, espesially the pizza which was like bread with a
bunch of cheese and sauce lazily thrown on top of it. I guess when
everything on the menu is 270 yen you cant really complain. Also, some
asshole threw up in the sink in the mens bathroom and I took a picture
After eating, we headed back to Shinjuku and got a beer
for the road and went to Current. Current was pretty packed actually.
There was some party that Sam was at earlier in the evening and after it
was over, he like directed a huge group of people to Current for a 2nd
party there. Many of them were actually still there when we arrived
which was pretty funny. Emmet spent most of the night dancing with that
girl and then left at around 3 am to go to a love hotel. I talked to
various people like Chip and this one girl he was sitting by, and Sam
and some other regulars. Maybe from about 3:30 to 4:30, Mogi let me DJ
behind the bar. It was pretty fun and I hadnt done it in a while. I dont
remember all the stuff I played but I played a good mix of some good
classic rock and metal and some more obscure progressive stuff that I
like too. While I was DJing, Emmet called my phone like 7 times cuz he
couldnt find the love hotel but I was too busy DJing to answer. After I
finished, everyone said they enjoyed my set which was cool.
Current closed, we headed to PSY. It was me, Andy, Sam, glasses girl,
the random izakaya dude, some other random European guy who wanted to
come along, another Japanese guy Sam was talking with, and Jya. On the
way there, I noticed Jya and the izakaya guy were talking a bit.
got to PSY and it was actually more packed than usual. Lots of PSY
regulars there and other people. I was standing next to Jya drinking my
beer and asked her why she didnt have a drink. She said she only had 200
yen left and needed it to get home. Shes my friend so I decided to be
nice and buy her a beer. Then like 5 minutes later, the random izakaya
guy was leaving and Jya decided to leave with him! Then I look at her
beer on the bar counter and she had already chugged it! I dont care if
she wants to hook up with the dude. She is single after all. But I if I
knew she was gonna leave so soon instead of staying and hanging out I
wouldnt have bought her a beer heh. Oh well.
There was also
another one of those annoyoing Japanese guys who wants to talk to
foreigners like an idiot like the previous night. This guy tries to get
me to sit next to him and then comes and sits by me and says to me in
broken English, "Are you Marine-corps? What is meaning of Marine-corps?
1, 2, 3, 4 we are Marine-corps!" then he was like "Do you like tsuyoi
America!? Tsuyoi America is best!" I chugged my beer and went to buy
another one just so he would stop talking to me. Like I said, I dont
mind talking to people at all, but this guy was just being ignorant as
hell! The rest of the night was all good.
After leaving PSY we
headed to McDonalds with a few other people. After eating, Andy went
back to Gunma, everyone else went home, and I went to the manga kissa.
woke up and met Emmet out on the stairs. He said last night was good
times. We got some Mexican food at this one restaurant in Shinjuku I had
never been to. It was decent I guess and affordable but I dont know how
often id wanna go back there. The Quasadillas from the Takadanobaba one
is better than the tacos and nachos I got at this one.
eating, we headed to Mikado for more games. Today it was extremely dead.
I played against Mitsurugi's Slayer like a bunch of times and just
couldnt beat him. He was totally in the zone. Eventually I won and he
switched to Zappa and I lost. We went back to Big Box for a bit cuz
Emmet had never been there and wanted to see Daigo. Unfortunately Daigo
wasnt there but a few other people were playing. I played a few matches
and once again did fairly well, winning about half of them.
time we walked around to go to a new location, there were a ton of
people handing out free tissues. I must have stocked up on like about 15
We then went to look for this place Liz mentioned
to me. She said in one of the side streets around the area she saw a
bunch of Children of Bodom posters. Emmet and I found a bunch of posters
plastered on the sides of some vending machines in front of some place
that appeared to be a ramen shop. The place used the COB logo from their
2nd live album and changed it to their name and instead of the reaper
it was like some chef guy with a big spoon or something! It was pretty
hilarious. I will post pictures of it on my pics page. The place was
closed but it had information about some kinda party there. I wonder if
its just a regular ramen shop or actually plays metal or something. In
any case, I wanna eat there someday just cuz they are Bodom fans lol!
went back to Mikado and it was still pretty dead. I beat the same Dizzy
player 14 times in a row and was like slashbacking tons of his stuff. I
even almost slashbacked the full giant gunflame super. Then I beat some
JO player and then I beat a Robo-ky like 6 times in a row till he
finally beat me by like a pixel! I had a 21 win streak. Emmet wanted to
get going, and the comp was pretty dead so we just headed out to go back
And that concludes my weekend Tokyo adventures for
this year! It was a good year and I look forward to going home for a few
weeks. I have the year end Enkai Tuesday night and its an all nighter
at a really nice hotel in Niigata. My flight leaves Thursday night and I
will be on the same plane going home as Andy. I have no plans Wednesday
so I may end up going to Tokyo on Wednesday, staying the night, and
then catching my plane the next day. I plan to get really drunk before I
get on the plane so that I can get a lot of sleep. Jet lag sucks.
hope everyone has a great holiday season. May your days be filled with,
games, metal, and beer! I know mine will! Also, I hope to see many of
you at Frosty Faustings!
Until next time!