Friday after work was the welcome beer garden event for all the new Gunma ALTs. It was held in Takasaki at the usual place. Most of the ALTs I know came, as well as lots of new ones. I talked to a few new people but not that many actually. It seemed like there werent all that many new ones that came. I was pounding the beers pretty hard. I was there from 6 to 9 pm and probably had like 12 mugs of beer or something. I got pretty hammered. Unfortunately it started raining pretty like halfway through so everyone had to take shelter inside but that didnt stop me from drinking.
After the beer garden was over, lots of
people ended up going to to Yamato, which is an awsome izakaya that has
GIANT beers (like 1 liter mugs) for 400 yen! I had like 2 of those
there and was already pretty sauced when we got there. Emmet and Jessie
left early. I chilled with Andy most of the night. After it was over,
we went back to his apartment and he let me crash on his floor. I dont
even really remember leaving the izakaya cuz I was pretty smashed.
woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad hangover but I manned up and
it eventually went away on its own over time. I also had black poo,
and my esophagus hurt, but the pain went away like within an hour after I
woke up. I took a shower and then Andy and I headed out to get some
food. We went to this awsome beef bowl place. Ive eaten at all the
major beef bowl chains (Sukiya, Matsuya, Yoshinoya) plenty of times but
this was the first time I had a good beef bowl at a non-chain restaurant
and it rocked pretty hard.
Andy had other plans today but would
meet me later tonight at Current for the 9th Anniversary Party, so I
said bye to him and headed to Tokyo on my own.
Today, before the
party at Current, the plan was to go to Tokyo Game Night Final
Roundbats, which is like a ranbats organized by some players and
eventually they will send the person with the most points to Final Round
in Atlanta. They already had a few sessions so some people already
have a lot of points so at this point I doubt I would be able to even
win in the long run, and even if I did I probably wouldnt be able to
take the time off to go to Final Round anyway, but I just wanted to go
to play and chill. It was for SSFIV btw.
I arrived in Shinagawa,
where it would be held, and then from there I had to take a quick bus
ride to the building. I arrived a little after 4 pm. It was at this
big swanky apartment building called the Sky Crest Tower. A Japanese
player who often posts on SRK, Bull410, lives in the building so he can
use the lounge. When I got there, Scott Popular (who organizes this
even along with Bull410) was the only one there and was still setting
up. I cracked a beer and just chilled for a bit. I kept drinking from
this point on for the rest of the day. The lounge was on the 37th floor
so the view was pretty awsome. They had 2 TVs, one with SSFIV and one
with an N64 hooked up which was sorta just like the casual fuck around
Eventually more and more people showed up and there
ended up being like about between 15 and 20 people total by the end of
the night. The SSFIV ranbat started at around 5:30 and at this point,
only like 10 people were there, and only 8 people entered the
tournament. Before it started we all took a shot (cuz thats the rules, I
like how these guys roll), and then we got to it.
The 8 players in the tournament were
Ken (a Ken player from Germany)
The tournament was single elim, one match, 3/5 rounds
fought Suicidal Grandpa first round. He used El Fuerte. I won the
first round and lost the rest. Im not very familiar with how to fight
Fuerte but im not gonna use it as an excuse. He won so props to him.
All the rounds were really close though. I think they taped it so it
might be online later. I dont remember the details well but Ill post it
later if its uploaded.
Abelity (Abel) fought Ken and Ken won. He had a pretty solid Ken.
Tokido fought Scott Popular and Tokido picked El Fuerte and Scott played Rose. Tokido won.
Migeul fought Bull410. I cant remember this match but Bull410 uses T.Hawk. I forgot who Miguel uses but I think Bull410 won.
I forgot what the 2nd round looked like but Tokido and Ken won their
matches and they played in the grand finals. This time, Tokido picked
his Akuma. I think Ken won a round but Tokido won the tournament (which
wasnt really a surprise). I think Tokido is now leading on the
scoreboard too and it will probably stay that way lol.
much chilled and played casuals the rest of the time. More people
showed up later and like there were probably like at least 8 girls there
which was pretty cool. None of them played fighting games really but
they were drinking and chillin with us and they played some Mario Kart
and stuff. We ordered a bunch of pizza's from Dominos and it was good
as hell. I got nice and stuffed and full of beer, and everyone was cool
to chill with so it was good times.
Oh and I played that Ken
player in a money match and almost won but he made a comeback and I
lost. It was only for 500 yen so no big deal. He said he thinks I have
a good Rose.
We had to leave at around 10 cuz thats when the
event ended. My plan was to then go to the party at Current. Lots of
these guys wanted to keep drinking so I invited them to come along.
That Ken guy was trying to get Tokido to come drinking but Tokido said
he had plans to meet his sister or something tomorrow so he couldnt go.
Ken wouldnt give up and he said "Man... I want Tokido to come so I can
fuck him!" ...... "But, im not gay!!!" LOL! Perhaps he meant, he
wanted to get him fucked up. ....Or maybe not! I really dont know but
it was funny anyway.
When we all left, that dude Ken had some
fireworks and was like trying to set them off in front of the building
but people were telling him to wait cuz its kind of a bad idea to do
that when we just were invited to that building and we would like to go
back again. So as we were walking back to the station over some bridge,
he started like setting them off into the river. He was really lagging
behind and eventually most of us all made it to the station but Ken and
Tokido were gone so we just went on ahead to Shinjuku.
group that went was me, Scott Popular, Calibur, Suicidal Grandpa, and
Abelity. We arrived at around 11 pm. Current was already packed as
hell! As is always the case with their Anniversary parties, this ended
up being one of the best Current parties yet! Just about all the old
school regulars came, some of which I hadnt seen in a really long time,
so it was great to see everyone again and knock back lots of beers.
However, there was one person who wasnt there which came as quite a
shock to me, and im sure it will come as a shock to many of you as well.
It turns out that as of like 2 weeks ago, Mogi has left Current for
good. I dont know the exact details but from what I gathered, he quit
his job at Current and has plans to eventually open up his own bar. I
know nothing beyond that. According to Masami, he still has a good
relationship with the staff so I guess he ended his job there on good
terms. I guess I am happy for him if he is successful with his new bar,
but Mogi was always such a huge part of Current, not having him there
certainly makes it feel like something is missing.
So yea, but
literally just about anyone else you may be familiar with that usually
goes to Current was there, and in addition to all of them, I also
invited Pachi who showed up later with 2 friends of his. We talked a
bit more about what is going on at Ark System Works and what the future
may hold in store for GG and BB. I hate to break it to everyone, but
unfortunately at this time, they are NOT currently developing an online
version of Accent Core. Pachi recently brought the idea up to the
company president at a meeting and his response was just something along
the lines of "That is an interesting idea..." which is sorta like the
indirect Japanese way of saying "No".
But yea, everyone was
getting smashed and I was no exception! Lots of dancing going on and
people generally just being hype as fuck. I took lots of pictures so
looking at them will give you a good idea of how things went down.
one point, some dude was like headbanging so hard that he bashed his
head on a bar stool and there was blood pouring down his face. He left,
walked to the hospital, and later came back with a bandage around his
head only to start drinking more! This mother fucker was hardcore!
ended up staying open a little later than 5. I honestly dont even
remember what time it ended. Once it was over and I said bye to lots of
people, though, I rounded up a crew and we went to PSY.
way to PSY as we were walking down the street, we passed Pachi who was
passed out in the middle of the street. I woke him up and he seemed ok
after that. He walked with us up to the corner on the way to the
station and said he was heading home. He had plans to go to a big
festival in Koenji (the part of Tokyo where he lives) tomorrow. He
invited me to come too so I told him I probably would hit up the
PSY was kind of a blur but lots of people came and
I was mostly talking to this one pretty hot half Swedish half Japanese
chick whos here on vacation who I met last weekend. They ended up
staying open till past 7 am!
After PSY closed, I wanted to keep
drinking! So, the Swedish/Japanese chick, Jackie, Jackie's friend and I
went to some Okonomiyaki restaurant for more beers and some food! We
ended up drinking till 8:30 am! So I drank non stop from 4 pm to 8:30
am.... which is 16 and a half hours. This might be a new record or its
at least damn close to the old one. I slept at the manga kissa after
that quite comfortably.
When I woke up on Sunday afternoon, I
surprisingly felt fine! No hangover, and no esophagus pain. Even
though I drank WAY more throughout the day on Saturday than Friday, I
think the fact that I paced myself more really helped. Honestly, after I
woke up, I still felt a little drunk. Then I remembered that Pachi
invited me to the festival, so I was totally in the mood to knock back a
few more beers!
I was hungry so I went to Sukiya. While there, I
got some curry and ordered a beer. Since I already felt buzzed still,
that one beer got me going again nicely. I had a little time to kill so
I headed to Mikado. I beat some so-so Chipp player a bunch of times.
Then I beat a Johnny and the Chipp back and forth. I was playing a
little different than usual because I was buzzing good. Then I fought a
Ky player and lost by a pixel. I went over to the other side and it
was Kunihiro! He told me it felt like I was playing different than
usual today. I apologized and told him I had been drinking and was
about to go to a festival. At this point, it was already almost 5 pm so
I told Kunihiro I was gonna head out and left. I grabbed another beer
for the road.
I went to Koenji where I met up with Pachi near the
station. The streets were FLOODED with people. He lead me to this one
bar that was on the 2nd floor of a building with a big open window
overlooking the street below. The people who owned the bar were friends
of his. Everyone was doing nomihodai so I did as well. It was 3500
yen and they had Yebisu and black Yebisu on tap, self serve! I just
kept refilling that shit so many times I lost count! They also had some
free food like rice and nachos. Pachi introduced me to lots of his
friends there. One of the guys was a BB player. Everyone seemed really
nice and cool.
From the window we had a great view of everything
going on down on the street and there were endless parades of dancers
and musicians in their troupes with matching uniforms. We also went
outside street side half the time too and cheered on people as they
passed by. There were no mikoshi (portable shrine-like Japanese style
parade "floats") but the musicians and dancers were getting hype as hell
and had so much energy. Pachi said that this festival was Shikoku
style and that they have it here every year as a tradition and its his
favorite festival of the year. I got so plastered and was getting hype
as fuck. Everyone there had tons of energy and it was overall a great
About 10 minutes before I had to leave to catch my train
home, out of nowhere, Franchesca and her friend (2 girls that always go
drinking at Current) showed up to the bar we were chilling in front of!
I guess they somehow knew someone who worked there and were invited
separately completely independent of Pachi and myself, which makes it a
huge coincidence! It was cool to see them but I didnt really get to
chill with them cuz I had to leave shortly after. I thanked Pachi and
his friends and headed back home and made my train on time. I took a
beer and some food for the road too so my train ride home was good.
eventually passed out though, and I fell asleep on the last train and
missed my stop. I was woken up 1 stop later by another ALT named John,
who just happened to park his car there and woke me up before he got
off. He totally saved my ass cuz he had to go back the other way and
was able to drive me back to where I parked by the other station. At
this point I was sobered up from sleeping for like 3 hours on the train,
so once he drove me back I made it home with no problems.
overally this weekend was fun as hell and I consumed record amounts of
beer. As of right now I feel just fine and as of sometime on Saturday
my poo was already back to normal so I think that my condition really is
healing fairly well. I just need to be careful not to drink too fast
and espessially right before bed.
Next weekend is my school's
sports festival on Saturday which means I have to work on Saturday. I
will just stay around where I live all of next weekend so I doubt I will
even bother writing a blog since there wont be anything noteworthy to
mention. Ill update again eventually though.