2 weeks ago I didn't write anything but I will sum up that weekend now.
Sat, the 17th, I had to work because my main junior high school had its
sports festival. This resulted in me missing SBO and Tokyo Game Show
which landed on the same day. For the first time ever, the 2nd year
students won the whole thing (the 3rd year students always win). After
that there was an enkai in my town. Matt actually came to visit this
weekend (he is now living in Sapporo and working on the JET program).
He originally was going to come to visit his girlfriend but they broke
up right before he came, so he had a lot of time to kill. He came by my
school during the sports festival and I gave him my key so that he
could chill and wait till I got off work. After the enkai, I headed
home and drank a bit more with Matt. Ryoko came over to hang out as
On Sunday the 18th, Ryoko, Matt, and I went to a small
charity concert in Numata. The guy who was promoting it is friends with
Ryoko's father so he gave us 2 free tickets. Matt tagged along as
well. The music was mainly played by a duo going by the names of Bob
and Taro. One of them is a local ALT who has lived in Numata for many
years. Their music style was kinda folky and mostly just acoustic
guitar and some harmonic and vocals. Not exactly my style but it as
good for what it was. The concert was surprisingly long though (about 2
and a half hours). It wasn't bad, just a bit long. I picked up a
couple of CDs afterwords for charity. Hopefully they raised a lot of
After that, we returned to my apartment. I still had
those fireworks I bought in Nagasaki Chinatown like 2 years ago in my
closet. I decided that today would be a good chance to set them off, so
we brought some beers outside to the lot in front of my house and set
them off. Some of them were pretty awsome and some ended up being kinda
disapointing but overall it was fun anyway.
After that, we went
to an Izakaya in Numata to drink with Andy, Ryoko's sister, and one of
her friends. Then we did karaoke all night.
On Monday afternoon,
I dropped off Matt at the station and he headed on his way back to
Sapporo. Monday the 19th was a national holiday and since I had to work
Saturday, I got Tuesday off as well. This resulted in an epic all
night poker game at Kiwi Cafe in Takasaki, owned by Grant, one of our
poker regulars. I drove up there with Emmet and Ryoko came on her own
later on after work. A bunch of new guys came this time and most of
them pretty much had little to no experience and weren't every good.
Throughout most of the night we had on average about 8 people playing at
once which is pretty good. We played poker from like 6 pm to 4:30 am.
One of the guys who brought his pretty cute wife, seemed like was most
likely a yakuza. He got pretty drunk and as the night went on, he was
playing worse and worse. He was doing ridiculous stuff like betting
10,000 yen pre flop and just kept throwing SOOO much money into the pot.
He was trying to be intimidating but I just steered clear of him until
I knew I had the nuts or close to it and ended up taking like 20,000
yen off him or something. I won a few big hands. There was one hand
where he bet 10,000 yen pre flop and I had Ace/Queen but decided I
didn't wanna take such a big risk pre flop in case the flop sucked for
me and he actually hit something. By the end of the night, I was up
10,000 yen (about 120 dollars) which isnt bad. Its the most ive made
playing in Japan at one game and it also ended my losing streak. Emmet
won the most, I think maybe 25,000 yen or something. Ryoko lost about
16,000 yen and the drunk yakuza guy lost over 50,000 yen! LOL! I think
he needs to rethink his strategy or at lest drink less next time.
Overall it was a pretty epic poker game.
Tuesday the 20th I just chilled at home with Ryoko watching Fellowship of the Rings cuz she never saw it before.
the 21st was my actual birthday. A pretty big typhoon was rolling
through Japan and there were strong winds and rain storms in my area.
Ryoko wanted to take me out to an all you can eat yakiniku restaurant.
We thought about not going because of the rain but went anyway and were
fine. I drank some wiskey, beer, wine, and was stuffed as hell. The
food was top tier. Great birthday dinner. I also got a birthday apple
pie with cream cheese frosting that Ryoko made me at work.
the 22nd I judged the Numata English speech contest for the first time
ever. It was an interesting new experience but overall it was a nice
change from the usual day of work.
That evening we had my real
birthday drinking party since Friday was another national holiday.
Ryoko, myself, and about 13 other friends got a private room at an
izakaya and drank for several hours. I got some amusing presents (even
though I wasn't expecting anything from anyone and just wanted to drink)
such as some fine imported cheese, a good bottle of red wine, a
peppermint nose inhaler, and a bottle of lube that is disguised to look
like CC Lemon vitamin drink lol!
After the izakaya clsoed, some
of us went to another bar and then eventually Andy, Emmet, and I drank
all night at another bar. I crashed at Emmets.
On Friday the
23rd, I was already into this most recent weekend (another 3 day
weekend). Having only a 2 day work week was pretty awsome.
headed to Tokyo by myself cuz Emmet had other plans. Kyle (Stunedge)
told me that some foreigners were still in Tokyo after SBO was over and
wanted to drink with me the previous night but I couldnt cuz of my
drinking party, so I figured id see if they wanted to chill tonight. On
the way down there I mailed Kyle and he said most of them had already
gone to Nagoya for Nagoya Street Battle (SSFIVAE tournament). I figured
id just make the most of the weekend and see how it went.
got to Mikado and was surprised to see Hellmonkey there. He told me he
just arrived in Japan a few days ago. He said he graduated and came
here looking for a job but was unsure exactly what he will do yet. He
says he has enough money to just chill for a while without a job so I
guess he might be around for a while.
We played a long set of
casuals for hours. I started off strong with a big lead and then around
the middle it was evening out where I would win a couple and he would
win a couple back and forth for a while. Then he ended our session with
like 4 or 5 wins with Baiken. I wasnt having trouble with his Eddie or
Potemkin but his Baiken was tough. One of the hardest match ups for
me. Either way, it was fun games and I enjoyed the session. We also
got kebabs at some point which was good cuz I hadnt had one in like 2
months. This was my first time playing Guilty Gear since I returned
from visiting the US and it felt good to play again. A few other top
players were there as well.
After that, the 2 of us headed to
Current to drink. It was actually pretty packed int here for a Friday
when we arrived. We stayed for a few hours and it started to clear out,
but then we headed to GODZ and eventually PSY and that was pretty fun
as well. Hellmonkey went home at about 5:00 am. At some point after
that, some wasted military dudes who just finished their service period
were celebrating their asses off and just roll right in and bought like
everyone in the bar free jagerbombs lol! I stayed till about 6:30.
next morning (Saturday) when I woke up at the manga kissa, I was
annoyed to find out that the showers there were no longer free to use
and they were now charging 300 yen. Lame. I took one anyway.
that, I headed back to Mikado. I played casuals all day. There were 3
foreigners there who I didnt recognize. One of the guys was from
Sweden and 2 of them were from France. I talked to and played the
Swedish guy and one of the French guys but im not sure if I played the
other French dude. The French guy said he was friends with Dream Maker.
They all seemed like nice guys. I won all my matches against them but
they were pretty good. I invited them to come drinking later but they
said they couldnt make it due to having to leave early the next day.
Hellmonkey showed up again sorta late. At this point, I already
started drinking a bit. I knocked back a whole 180 ml bottle of whiskey
that I had poured into a coke bottle and sipped one while playing. I
was buzzed but could still play decently at least. This time I mostly
played other various people. I got a nice win against Inoue's Slayer,
Satou's Johnny, and Kuni's Baiken. Hellmonkey got some good wins
against various good players, too.
This time, I left a bit
earlier because tonight at Current was a metal event. Hellmonkey was
originally going to go drinking with me but decided against it cuz he
had plans the next morning. So, I headed out to Current on my own.
I got a message from Fubarduck saying that he was at NSB in Nagoya but
was heading back to Tokyo and would meet me at Current later. He said
it was his last drinking night in Japan and wanted to end his trip well.
was decently packed as most metal events usually are. Lots of metal
event regulars came out as well as SPG Chris and some other people. It
was cool drinking with Fubarduck. We talked a bit about the recent
stuff that went on with SBO and how they made a mistake but its nothing
that he hasnt said already online. I pretty much agree that while SBO
made a big mistake this year, I still feel like it is a legit tournament
and winning means something. The players who are hungry are still
going to player their best regardless. I certainly have every intention
to participate again if they run Guilty Gear again.
We drank at
Current till about 4:30 when the metal even ended and then went to PSY.
PSY was packed with people who came after the metal event. Not long
after we got there, Toru and Natsume realized that it was my birthday
recently. Toru went around from behind the bar and brought 2 tequila
shots and we drank them together. Then, I turn around and Natsume has
the bottle of tequila and poors me another shot. So I take it. Then he
poors me another shot... and I take it! And then... another shot!
Finally, some dude I dont even know sitting next to me signals him to
poor me one more so I drank that one, too! I had just knocked back 6
shots of tequila all in a row within like 2 minutes. I was already
pretty drunk but now I was completely wasted! To be honest, I dont even
know how I was still standing or how I managed to stomach it! I felt
like I was gonna throw up like right after the last shot, and then I
tell Mandi whos sitting next to me that I had to go pee. She's like
"Yea right" in a sarcastic tone, so I decide to man up and just wait it
out. In like 30 seconds the nausea subsided and I managed to stomach it
all. Im glad I did cuz I felt great after that.
headed out sometime at maybe like 5:30 or so. Lots of people stayed at
PSY til really late. I dont even remember leaving exactly but I know
for a fact that I actually didn't pass out this time which is pretty
amazing! I must have left there after 7 am cuz the next morning when I
woke up at the manga kissa, it said that I had checked in at about 7;30.
The most amazing part of it all was... I didn't even feel that
hungover! I mean... yea I was exhausted but I didnt have a headache
So, after that, I just headed back home early to spend the rest of the evening with Ryoko.
that concludes about a week and a half of stuff. Within that week and a
half, since I only had 2 days of work, so I drank most of those days. I
think I need a good break this week. I will probably take it easy this