After a week of mostly playing lots of SFIV with Matt (cuz I cant find my copy of GG anywhere), doing lots of snus and drinking lots of beer, we headed out to Tokyo after work on Friday. Emmet met up with us on the way.
From the moment we got on the train to pretty much
throughout the entire weekend, I was getting down on the snus pretty
heavily! Just assume that while you are reading about anything I am
doing, I am probably snusing (except for a bit of the time I was playing
casuals, and while I was eating)...
right for TRF in Nakano and met up with Sam. The weekly TRF SFIV
tournament was going on and was going to start very soon after we
arrived. All 4 of us signed up. We played a few casuals before it
started. I came very close to beating one guy but lost.
tournament had about maybe a bit less than 30 people. Basically we all
lost first round lol. I lost to a Ryu player basically because I wasnt
being patient enough. I had a life lead on him and then I tried to get a
bit more damage in and the announcer was like saying in Japanese "I
dont understand, why is Blanka moving forward?" lol. Yea, I should have
just turtled but I had a brain fart. Matt lost with his Akuma, Sam
lost with his Dictator, and Emmet lost with his Guile. None of us
really were surprised or cared lol. There were some pretty high profile
After we lost, we headed to Shinjuku Sportsland
to play a bit more casuals. I played a bunch of GG there and was
beating most people pretty well. There was this one Robo-ky who was
super gimicky but he had a solid I-no and I was going about even with
him. We stayed there till about midnight and then it was time for
drinking! Sam went home though.
We headed to Current and it was
just packed with random gaijin. There were like 2 Japanese people in
the whole place aside from the staff, which is pretty unusual. At some
point, there were these 2 People from France talking with us for a bit
who were pretty nice. Then these 3 girls from Sweden came and were
sitting in the corner. We were talking with them for a bit but then
Emmet started calling the blonde chick Courtney Love, which offended her
enough to the point where they moved to another table hah. Not long
after that, we decided to just go to PSY.
PSY was pretty awsome
and we requested tons of stuff, including The Count of Tuscany, and they
played the entire 19 whatever minutes of the song and Matt and I
drunkenly sang along. We were also doing TONS of snus... like... Matt
was quadruple snusing the extra strong stuff, which is like the same as
having 8 regular snus in your mouth at once. His mouth was just like
dripping brown goo. Kinda nasty, but it must have rocked him pretty
There was also this girl there who was pretty cute, and she
was telling me how she works at an S&M place. I was just talked to
her casually for a bit cuz she was nice. I asked her how much she
charges out of curiosity and she said its nice and cheap and I should
come sometime LOL. I told her I have a girlfriend and dont need to and
she told me theres no harm in a little playing hah. I didnt bother
getting any of her info but it was an amusing conversation.
After we left there we got some McDonalds breakfast and then it was time for the manga kissa.
sleeping for 6 hours, we woke up and headed right for Mikado. There
werent all that many people playing there at first. We played a little
bit and then decided to get food.
We figured we would give
Children of Baba another try (the ramen place that has the Children of
Bodom ripoff logo) and it was actually open this time! We went inside
and the place wasnt as crazy as I would expect but they were playing
some rock and they had a bunch of pictures on the wall and some band
posters and stuff. The place was run by some old man and I just
happened to be wearing my Children of Bodom shirt that day, so I showed
him it and asked him if he was a fan and he said he was. Then he played
a CD from this Japanese power metal band that they had a poster for on
the wall. I cant remember what their name was but he says the come
there a lot. They were pretty good actually. The ramen itself was also
pretty tasty and the prices were pretty standard for decent ramen
(about 700-800 yen a bowl). The owner was nice and we chatted a bit and
he gave us a free Children of Baba sticker. I told him I would
probably come back again sometime.
After that we headed back to
Mikado for more games. Lots of big names were there today. I played
like a zillion matches in a row against Taku's Slayer. The funny thing
was, at first I was fighting some other Slayer guy who I beat a few
times. Then all of a sudden the guy just got like SUPER AMAZING and it
turns out that Taku like picked up the guys game or something lol. I
was so confused how that one guy just leveled up instantly like that but
it all made sense when we realized Taku was now playing. Tanabata (aka
Seta) was playing Slayer on the cab next to him and raping people too.
I never beat Taku this time but I was like a pixel away from doing it
and he came back, it sucked...
I played Udei a bit and he seems
to be maining Testament now and was playing a bit of Slayer as well
which is basically just a slightly worse version of Hase's Slayer cuz
those guys play together a lot. I got some wins on him but his
Testament seems like its coming along pretty good.
playing his Jam a lot too vs En-Slayer. Matt was pointing out that Mike
was looking a little rusty and was dropping lots of stuff but he still
seems pretty solid. I guess GG players are gonna get serious again now
that GG is in SBO once more.
I also played a bunch of mirror
match games vs Osaka B and lost like 10 in a row till I finally beat
him. Like so many of them were super close too but he just wouldnt let
me get that last hit in lots of the time. Hes always known the mirror
match better than me anyway but it was still fun and he told me he
enjoyed our set of games after I beat him.
Emmet went off to
another international party at some point, and later on Andy showed up.
Aside from that, I guess theres not much else to mention but it was a
solid day of casuals.
Now that GG has been announced again for
SBO I am extra hype about playing it a lot again! I still pretty much
dont have much interest in learning BB and if anything my 2ndary game
right now is SFIV but I dont think I will bother trying to get into it
for SBO. I will probably play more of those TRF tournaments though for
Anyway, after games, we got some Suikiya and then met Emmet
at Takadanobaba station. From there we left and headed back to
Shinjuku. We stopped in at Current first, which once again turned out
to be pretty packed with Gaijin. Sushi was cooking takoyaki for
practice cuz there was going to be some food event going on on Sunday.
sat at a table and drank a bit, and SPG Chris joined us. We decided
after a few beers to check out GODZ since Matt didnt go there yet since
he has been back in Japan.
GODZ was pretty packed and they played
tons of great music. It had been a while since I was there too so I
enjoyed it. Nothing extremely noteworthy to mention there but they
played my request of Symphony X - The Walls of Babylon and it was epic
as hell. Chris left at some point saying he was going home.
we left GODZ at around 3 am, got some awsome kababs at the little stand
parked outside in Kabuki-cho, and when we got back to Current, Chris
was there LOL. He said it was on his way home so he stopped there for
another beer hah. I dont remember anything extremely worth mentioned
during the rest of the time there other than lots of people dancing a
whole lot and me getting really drunk and dancing too. A few more
people we knew were there at this point which was cool too.
at some point, I dont remember exactly when, but Emmet told us this
fucked up story about how back in New Zealand, this one time, he was
fingering some chick and pulled a used condom from several days ago out
of her, and the condom was not from Emmet either. He said it smelled
foul as hell and is easily one of the grossest stories I have ever heard
Once Current closed at 5, I was already plastered as hell. I didnt even need to go to PSY but we went anyway.
we got there, I ordered a beer and passed out after like 15 minutes. I
woke up at like 6:30 and my beer was gone cuz Matt said he asked me if
he could drink it but I have no recollection of it at all. I didnt need
it anyway I guess.
After that, we just headed right to sleep.
We got the 6 hour package again. This time Andy went with us to the
manga kissa instead of going home.
We woke up the next day and
the plan was go to go Yokohama to meet up with some of Matt's friends.
First, we headed over to Takadanobaba to meet up with Matt's friend,
Kei, who is a SFIV player. Kei is also good friends with the well known
Sagat player Oji-san Boy, who won the SFIV tournament at Big Box we saw 2
Kei was at Big Box playing casuals. We first went
and got some McDonalds and then went into Big Box. Kei was there
playing casuals. I played a few matches of SFIV casuals and was doing
pretty well, probably winning slightly over half the games I played. I
fought against Kei twice (he uses Boxer) and lost both times but I still
did ok I guess. I also beat up some Ryu, a Gief, and won in a close
match vs a Dictator.
Eventually we left to head to Yokohama. We
got there and met up with a girl named Marie. Marie, Kei, and Matt all
studied together for a while in Oregon at the same university. Kei and
Marie were there studying abroad so they both speak very good English.
The 6 of us went to an Italian resturant and got some food and bunch of
beers and had fun talking about various stuff. Marie is actually pretty
interested in video games which is cool, in addition to being quite
attractive. Kei is also a really chill guy too so it was fun hanging
The whole time while we were in Yokohama I did some
snus again too and since Matt has been over the last 2 weeks I have been
using snus like a ton every day. I usually only use snus on weekends
but since he was over and we were drinking I used a lot, and quite
frankly my tolerance is going way too high up on this shit. I used the
regular stuff and dont even get a buzz, and the extra strong stuff
hardly effects me either. I think its time to take a break for a bit to
get my tolerance back low, cuz if I dont get a buzz from it, theres not
much other point in using it hah.
After eating, we walked around
a bit, got more beers at the conbini and eventually we watched this one
street performer who was juggling rods that were set on fire and was
also doing fire eating tricks. After his performance was over, tons of
people were dropping big bills into his hat. Dude got paid for sure!
that we walked around a bit more and just kinda looked at some of the
rides by the harbor area there. They had like ferris wheels and a
rollercoaster and stuff. We didnt really have time to ride them though.
it was getting really late. Matt decided he was going to stay with
Marie and do more drinking while the rest of us had to go back to Gunma.
We said goodbye at the station and then got on the train. It turns
out that we JUST MISSED the train that would get us to Takasaki in time
to catch the 2nd to last train back to Minakami. This meant we had to
go back home on the last train (which arrives in Minakami at midnight)
AND we had to wait to transfer like 45 minutes at the station. This
only effected Emmet and I though since Kei lives in Maebashi and Andy
lives in Takasaki. We pretty much just all slept on the train on the
way home and then we parted ways with Kei and Andy at Takasaki.
and I got on the last train from Takasaki and ran into John, another
ALT. I was really tired so I just slept the rest of the time. Emmet
and John got off near Numata at Iwamoto station and then I rode the rest
of the way and made it home and went to bed after a nice shower.
was Matt's last weekend in Tokyo. He will be coming back to my house
Tuesday after work to stay till Thursday, at which time he will go back
to the US. It was cool having him around again though and im sure he
enjoyed his visit back to Japan.
Next weekends plans are
undecided but I may stay in Minakami to do some skiing, but if I do end
up doing something worth writing about, I will update my blog again.
Until next time...