Wednesday, March 31st
arrived in Osaka at Osaka station really early in the morning...
something like 6 am. First thing we did was find a McDonalds and got a
mega muffin set. I wanted to charge my camera but there were no outlets
there to use unfortunately.
After eating, we took the train and
headed for Kyoto. The plan today was to do some sightseeing. When we
exited Kyoto station, for some reason suddenly everyone had to take
dumps so we got that out of the way. Emmet rushed for the toilet first,
and when we followed him to the bathroom there was a long line.
Suddenly we heard him say "wtf theres no toilet paper in here" LOL! So
the rest of us went to check out the toilet on the lower level. Turns
out none of the toilets here had toilet paper either. Instead, you had
to buy some tissue from some stupid vending machine. Luckily I already
had tons of tissue thanks to the girl whos always passing them out at
the pachinko place near Mikado.
After taking care of business, we
headed out and got our all day bus pass for 500 yen. From there, we
first rode to the area with Kyomizu temple. We made sure to get some
beers first before heading towards the temple. This was now my 3rd time
going to Kyomizu. I recommended we check it out since it was always
one of my favorites. We got to the temple after some walking and seeing
a giant statue on the way. It was pretty much the same as the other
times we went but still cool to see again. I didnt bother taking any
pictures of it cuz my camera was dead and I have enough pics of it
After leaving the temple, we went to look for the huge
cemetery that I went to my first time to Kyoto. By now, my foot was
hurting really bad again but I endured and we walked around a bit.
Unfortunately we didnt find it, but instead we found another cemetery
that wasnt nearly as cool but it was still interesting. We had to climb
a ton of stairs to get up it. There was a grave of someone at the top
who was probably very famous, perhaps a former emperor or some high
ranking government guy from the past. I didnt get pictures but everyone
else did so I will mooch them.
After climbing back down, we
decided to just give up on the other cemetery. If people are interested
in seeing pics of the one we were looking for, check the pictures from
my 2008 trip to Kyoto.
After that, we decided to take a lunch
break, so we headed to Teramachi shopping arcade. We got some awsome
okonomiyaki at Mr. Young Men, the same place I always go to near a-cho.
Most of us got the bacon, cheese, potato, squid one. Everyone pretty
much loved it, and while we were there, I got to charge my phone. We
got another beer there too.
From there, we headed to a-cho just
to check it out really quick. Everyone was pretty impressed by it.
There werent many people playing, but you cant expect much at like noon
on a Wednesday. There were these 2 guys playing SFIV and one of them
lost like 9 in a row and wouldnt get up after he lost, but then someone
showed up and started playing GG so I went and beat him a few times,
then he gave up and left. Later, another guy showed up, I played him
several games, and I cant remember but he might have beat me like once
with his Slayer out of like 5 or 6 games. While we were there, we also
checked the tournament schedule they had posted on the wall.
Unfortunately for me, it seems that a-cho runs GG tournaments on a
bi-weekly basis, and it just so happens that the week I was there, there
was no GG tournament. Luckily for Sam though, there was a Melty
tournament scheduled for tomorrow, so he planned to go to that. I also
played Sam in a random game of CvS2 after he beat to Japanese guys. It
went down to the last character on both sides with his Dictator vs my
Blanka and he won. Im so ass at that game lol.
a-cho, we decided to check out Ginkakuji temple, since I had never been
there and neither had anyone else. We stopped at the conbini and got
some beers for the road and then got on the bus. When we got on the
bus, there were 2 empty seats, so Sam and I sat down in them. Suddenly,
like right away, some crazy old man sitting behind us in a funny hat
(looked like a gardening hat an old lady would wer with Hawaiian designs
on it or something), starts yelling in broken English "Don't drink!
Handicap seat! Stand up!" Over and over, and like grabbed our arms.
First of all, I didnt notice those were priority seats. I NEVER ride
the bus in Japan except when I come to Kyoto, so I didnt realize it at
first. And even when I do sit in them on occasion on the train, I
always stand up when someone who needs them gets on. 2nd of all, I
figured drinking on the bus was ok since everyone does it on the train
all the time (espessially old salary men coming home from work drinking
bad happoshu). So we stood up, we said to him in Japanese that we were
sorry and didnt know. Suddenly, the guy goes from being a pissed crazy
old man, to a friendly crazy old man. He starts talking to Sam and
asking him all these questions about where he lives and school and stuff
and was all smiling and chipper. It was like a complete 180 and I
think its just cuz he found out we speak Japanese. I understand why he
got upset but he could have been a little calmer about it.
we got to the temple eventually and looked around and took some pics.
There was a rock with lots of coins in a pond and we tied to see who
could get a coin on the top part, the winner would get a beer... but no
one could do it. The temple itself was cool but not that amazing, but
the area around it was beautiful.
After leaving there, it was
already getting around the time when most temples closed, so we decided
to head back to Osaka. We went to the Umeda area. We knocked back a
ton more beers on the train, and once we arrived, Sam and I, (and maybe
Emmet) were already pretty drunk. I mailed Rob (Heartnana) and he
reminded me how to get to Monte game center. We found it and went
inside. There were a decent amount of people playing GG, so I played
some matches. I only won one match. I was pretty wasted so it was
really hard for me to play well at all. Sometimes I can play with a
buzz fairly well but this was way beyond just a buzz. I was starting to
get frustrated cuz I actually wanted to play matches and didnt really
intend to get that drunk but it was too late, so after a few matches I
cut my losses and we went to go drinking.
From there, we went to go looking for a bar that was recommended to me by Ken from GODZ called Midian.
Anyway, this place was small and sorta gothy looking but not decorated
nearly as cool or elaborate as GODZ. They had a big projector screen
and I asked the guy to play some Opeth, so he threw on the live DVD
which was cool. It was pretty dead about aside from one customer and
the bartender though. We had maybe like one or 2 beers and before we
were about to leave, some dude was talking to us in Japanese for a bit.
Then Tony starting saying some crap in English and the dude just
stopped him in mid sentence and said he didnt want to talk to him LOL!
He did it in like a funny, non-douche way cuz Tony was being an idiot
anyway so we had a good laugh at it.
After leaving there, we were
already really tired from being up so early and mostly everyone didnt
get much good sleep on the bus, so we looked for a manga kissa. I dont
know the Umeda area well at all. We eventually found 2 places that were
ridiculously expensive. My feet were really hurting at this point, and
Emmet was starting to get pissed cuz he ended up bumming a cigarette
off Sam and Emmet doesnt smoke like ever. We decided to take a cab back
to the Shin Saibashi area cuz I am more familiar with it. Without much
trouble, I took us to the manga kissa that I always used to stay at the
other times I came, but unfortunately it was no longer there! We found
another place down the street, and while it was a bit expensive, it was
better than the other ones we found, and we were tired so we dealt with
it. It was one of those crappy ones where they make you sign up for a
membership card and fill out all your information even though we were
never gonna go back there again anyway. After dealing with all the BS
we finally got some sleep.
Thursday, April 1st
the plan was to head to Nara. We walked back to Shin Saibashi station
and took the train to Nara. We ended up taking a funky way cuz I didnt
check the train map carefully but we made it there eventually. When we
got there, we walked a bit and on the way, we saw another awsome
okonomiyaki restaurant we planned to try out later on the way back. We
sat by a pond and eventually, Emmet's friend Miki who lives in Nara came
and met up with us. I guess they knew eachother back in New Zealand
when she was studying abroad there. Shes only 20 but shes pretty hot.
Since she lives in Nara, she was able to be a good tour guide and took
us around. When Emmet introduced Tony to Miki, he just said his name
was Mr. Chu-hi. This stuck the entire trip and she kept actively
calling him Mr. Chu-hi, even when we werent around and was refering to
him according to Emmet. To this day she still doesnt even know his real
First we hit up Nara park. It was more or less the
same as the first time I went there 2 years ago. We fed some deer and
took some pictures with them, including one of Emmet pretending to take
one from behind. Dirty sheep fucker decided to expand his bestiality
Sam actually had been to Nara park before with his
dad a few months ago. He spoke of a great legend that he witnessed
himself. The mighty Sagat deer. This deer supposedly is missing one of
his eyes, most likely as a result of fighting Ryu and eating a
shin-shoryuken. Throughout our time in Nara, we would be heavily
searching for this mighty warrior. Unfortunately, we never found him.
went to another temple, walked around Nara park some more, I got some
awsome caramel ice cream, and then we got to the the Kotokuin Temple,
home of the biggest Buddha statue in the world known as the Daibutsu. I
went to this temple last time I came but I was stupid and didnt pay to
go inside so this was actually my first time to see the great statue.
This thing truly was massive. There were a bunch of other cool statues
too. You can see them in the pictures so theres not much reason for me
to get into detail. There was also this pillar in there and people were
trying to crawl through the small hole in it. I guess it grants good
fortune or something. At the gift shop in there, I bought Ryoko a cute
plushy deer as a souvenir. As we exited, there was another statue in
front. The statue is said to grant healing powers. If you touch the
statue on the part of its body where you want to heal yourself, its
supposed to make you feel better. Since my foot hurt, I touched its
foot, but it didnt do anything lol.
After that, Tony bought a
Hanya mask from the gift shop for 1000 yen. It was made of ceramic and
looked pretty cool. From there, we walked back and went to the
okonomiyaki restaurant. It was really good, but a little more
traditional, where as Mr. Young Men has more varied styles of
okonomiyaki. We got another beer with it too.
there, we needed to head back to Kyoto so Sam could make his Melty
tourny at a-cho. Emmet opted to stay behind cuz Miki said she would let
him crash at her parents house where she lives. We were extended the
offer as well but decided there wasnt much else to do in Nara and would
rather just go somewhere else.
Sam, Tony, and I took the train
back to Kyoto. As we were getting close to Kyoto station, we realized
that there was no way we would make it to a-cho on time. The tournament
was already about to start, so Sam gave up on the idea and was a little
bummed out. Instead of getting off there, we just transfered to Osaka
which was a big waste of time cuz we could have just gone directly but
oh well. We knocked back more beers and headed to Nanba, where we
eventually met up with Rob (Heartnana) and Andy (who had just arrived on
the Shinkansen like an hour or 2 earlier) at Athena game center near
DenDen town. Athena is a good place for anime style fighters but they
dont have any SF games. They had 2 GG cabs but no one was really
playing so I played a match of Melty vs Sam, even though I hadnt played
Melty in years and never touched the new version before. It was still
fun to just mess around on and of course I got schooled. Then Rob
played Sam for a bit and went undefeated against him but Sam enjoyed the
comp. Eventually some guy did get on the GG cabs, and I played him in
something like 10 games in a row and won each one. The thing was
though, was that the stick I was using... the housing wasnt bolted down
to the cab, so the entire stick housing shifted left and right in
addition to the stick moving normally. The stick actually worked, but
since the housing was not bolted in, it made doing motions extremely
hard and was laughable. I dont know how I managed to go undefeated
against the guy given the situation but it was still pretty fun lol.
we left and headed over to try to go to the famous cheese curry place
that Rob always raves about in his blog. For whatever reason, it was
closed, so we just settled for some CoCo curry which was good too.
that we played some more at Nanba hills. Its a nice arcade but was
pretty dead. There was one guy there playing GG and I beat him like
over 10 in a row without losing. He wasnt bad though so it was fun and I
glad he kept playing me and he picked lots of different characters.
think after that, it was getting really late, so Andy and Rob decided
to go to sleep at the manga kissa. Rob also showed us where a bunch of
good manga kissas are so we wouldnt have the same problem as last night
again. The funny thing is a few of them were extremely close to where
we stayed last night, I just dont know the area that well.
Tony, and I went to go drinking so I took them to Rock Rock. On the way
there, Tony decided he wanted to save some money, so he slammed another
8% 500 ml lemon chu-hi! After a few more beers at Rock Rock, Mr.
Chu-hi was back! Shortly after we got inside the bar, Yoko, one of the
bartenders, was surprised to see me show up so she said hi and we talked
a little. There was a punk rock event going on tonight, and the place
was fairly packed, especially for a Thursday, but unfortunately almost
everyone there was a foreigner and most of them were guys. Not that us
being there helped that at all but thats besides the point heh.
drank for a while and Sam and I sat at the bar eventually. Then at
some point, Mr. Chu-hi comes up to us and starts bragging about how he
just felt some chick up in the bathroom! I was shocked to hear this,
especially since he's a virgin. Our initial thoughts were pretty much
just, good for him. However, not long after this we decided to check
out another bar. As we were leaving, the girl who he said he felt up in
the bathroom was near the exit. She was a slightly chubby white sorta
punky lookin chick from England. As we were leaving, Mr. Chu-hi goes up
to her, grabs one of her tits and says "one more for the road!" ....
and the girl had this look of disgust on her face. Then he left and for
whatever reason she starts like sorta hitting on Sam and running her
fingers through his hair but he wasnt about getting with her so we just
Outside the bar, I explained to Mr. Chu-hi that feeling up a
chick in the bathroom who doesn't wanna be felt up by you is not
something to be proud of and probably something you should learn not to
do. He was like "well we were just talking after I got out of the
bathroom for a few minutes and then I just went for it and grabbed her
boobs" LOL! (Rock Rock has a duel sex bathroom with 2 separate toilets
that share one common sink area) In any case, we werent going to let
him live this one down and squeezed in as many "one more for the road!"
jokes as we could for the rest of this trip. He felt kinda dumb but
maybe he will learn something next time and not act like a creepy
drunken pervert. Hes not a bad guy, he just has no game.
that, we headed to a brand new bar not far from where Rock Rock is
located, called Diamond Rocks. It was recently opened by one of the
ex-staff members of Rock Rock named Nobu (aka Novv). This place turned
out to be cool as hell. It reminded me of PSY a lot as far as size and
atmosphere. The music was kinda low volume but the stuff they were
playing was awsome (big variety of metal and rock) and it was a great
place for talking. Novv remembered me from last time and was really
cool. Mr, Chu-hi passed out on the bar shortly after we arrived, but
Sam and I stayed and drank and talked till about 4:30. There were some
other people there too which was cool. This one really hot chick was
there with her boyfriend and Sam talked to her a bit until her boyfriend
came back from outside. The bar was decorated really nice and they
even had a Jo-Jos poster on the wall which I took a picture of. If I go
back to Osaka again I will certainly hit this place up.
drinking there, we woke up Mr. Chu-hi and went to another manga kissa
that Rob showed us which had way better deals and got nice mat booths to
sleep in. I slept pretty good.
Friday, April 2nd
waking up, I was able to take a nice shower, eat some awsome free ice
cream from the manga kissa, and then we eventually all got ready and
headed out. We met up with Andy and Rob in DenDen town, and then from
there, we decided to go get some lunch at Outback Steakhouse. This was
Rob's suggestion and he said they had BBQ ribs, which are like imposable
to find in most places in Japan, so I was totally down for it.
a sorta long journey with a lot of walking, we eventually made it to
Outback, but unfortunately it wasnt opened for like 3 more hours. So
with that, since we were in Umeda, we headed to Monte game center to
kill some time playing fighting games! The comp was pretty good today
and there was a good selection of GG players. I started off with a 7
win streak and then started getting a few smaller streaks here and there
until someone would beat me once and it would start again. I played
about maybe 5 or 6 different players. Everyone else played other stuff
After about 3 hours of playing, we made it back to
Outback and this time we were able to get in no problem. The 5 of us
got a table and we ordered 2 bloomin onions and I think like everyone
got ribs except for Tony. We had a good chat about Tony's "one more for
the road" shenanigans last night and everyone got a good laugh/face
palm combo out of it, except maybe Tony lol. The ribs werent the best I
ever had... maybe slightly on the dry side, but they were no where near
bad, and still tasted really great. I probably will never find better
ribs in Japan, but I guess I am a bit spoiled since ive been to some
great rib places back in the US (if you are ever in Chicago try Gale
Street Inn... place is dope).
Anyway, we killed both bloomin
onions. I ate my full slab, pretty much all my fries, and I ate my cole
slaw and like most of Sam's too cuz he aint down with the slaw. I also
got a nice Kirin stout with my meal. It came out to be slightly
expensive but was well worth the money and I didnt mind paying it one
bit. Going there was definitely a good call. Rob even hooked us all up
with a 15% discount so that was awsome.
After this we went back
to Monte for a few more hours and played more games. The comp started
to get a bit better and I was still mostly beating everyone. There was
this one guy there who was playing Sol, and he was pretty good, but
after I beat him like twice, he switched to HOS. I think I might have
fought this guy last time I came last year. We were going pretty even
at first, maybe even with me having a slight lead in games, but then he
started to get some mini streaks on me and I would beat him and he would
win a few more... etc. I dont know who he is, but he plays EXTREMELY
careful and the matches were really fun and challenging so I enjoyed
fighting him. Andy was playing GG for a bit too, and almost beat him
and ended up getting a small win streak of his own on a different cab
with his May.
Eventually I got a message from Emmet saying that
he was coming back to the area of Osaka we were in soon. It was about 9
or 10 pm at this point. He spent the day at Universal Studios Japan
with Miki. He wanted to meet up in Nanba and then go drinking. I
still wanted to play for a bit so I told him one more half hour. Once
we finished up, we all headed back out together back to Nanba and met up
with Emmet by the bridge area where we stayed at the manga kissa the
At this point, it was already getting pretty late.
Andy and Rob didnt want to go drinking and had plans to stay at Spa
World so they left our party for the night and we would meet up again
tomorrow. The rest of us (Sam, Tony, Emmet, and me) went to Club Pure
in Osaka. Emmet really loved the one in Shibuya, but it closed down.
He wanted to go really bad so we all agreed to check it out.
like the one in Shibuya, this one was 3500 yen for all you can drink
all night, so I was down with it. The security here was surprisingly
tight. They IDed all of us (which almost NEVER happens at bars in
Japan) and even patted us down for guns and shit LOL! I felt like I was
back in the US again.
When we got inside it was still sorta
early so not that many people were there yet. We were able to grab a
table inside of like a little cave area that was right outside the dance
floor so you could easily see out. It was a pretty cool setup. We
managed to pretty much keep this spot on lock all night, which was good
for me cuz my foot was still killing me.
Emmet started off strong
by getting a drink with a shot to accompany it every time. He
eventually started to get drunk really fast so he switched to beer. Sam
and I started off slow by just getting regular mixed drinks, and my
plan was to eventually switch to beer cuz its better on my ulcer, but we
ended up doing the opposite and switched to long island ice teas with
shots of tequila on the side! Tony on the other hand, was probably
ashamed to turn into Mr. Chu-hi again and didnt wanna get another "one
more for the road" so he drank beer very slowly and didnt even get
drunk. The rest of us surely got our moneys worth.
the night, lots of people came to our table to sit with us cuz we had
the VIP spot basically. There were only like 3 tables in the whole bar
and people kept peaking in cuz they wanted to sit there, so they either
had to stand or sit with us, which was a cool way to meet people at the
very least. We always had someone keep the seats on lock when other
people went to get a drink (and it was usually Tony, but he didnt mind).
some point in the night, I dont really remember anything anymore. But
unlike just about every other bar ive been to in Japan, Club Pure has a
no sleeping policy, and I guess after enough long islands and shots, I
eventually passed out, cuz I woke up standing in the ally with Tony. He
said 2 security guards dragged me out of there. Pretty lame.
Eventually after a little bit, they let me back in. I remember it being
packed as hell when I re-entered.
Pretty much from there, I dont
remember the rest of the night at all. I just know I was smashed as
hell. Luckily I managed to get my backpack from the storage locker cuz I
had no recollection of getting it. I do remember going back in to try
to get Emmet cuz it was almost closing time and Emmet being wasted as
hell saying how they were gonna be open for several more hours and that
he wanted to stay.
So Sam, Tony, and I left. Tony claims that
Sam and I had no idea where we were going and was leading the way. He
could be right that we made a wrong turn but we would have figured it
out. Wouldnt be the first time I drank myself silly and found my way
back just fine. At some point, Emmet messaged me or something or
someone, and we found him laying down in the middle of the street ready
to sleep. I guess we got him up and took him to the manga kissa. I
dont even remember checking in but sure enough we made it there. At
least we all got our moneys worth from Club Pure, thats for sure!
I'm going to cut it off here and save the final epic chapter for tomorrow.
SPOILER ALERT: Mr. Chu-hi ain't done yet!
TO BE CONTINUE.... AGAIN!!!!