#1 Posted by css_switchfoot (119 posts) -

I'm in Japan for the next three years. What should I check out?

#2 Posted by scalpel (314 posts) -

Go to your local public pool and look for pixelated genitals in the showers.

#3 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

It's gonna be weird. Japan is weird. Have fun.

#4 Posted by ElixirBronze (424 posts) -

You should "check out" from there asap before you understand the logics of why there's Pokemons in the world.

#5 Posted by mscupcakes (612 posts) -

You should find some suzumebachi and keep them as pets.

#6 Posted by Zenogiasu (192 posts) -

Isn't this the kind of question you should have an answer to before you move to Japan for three years?!

Anyways, I've never been, so I can't recommend much. But from what I hear, Akihabara is pretty neat.

#7 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

You should check out some of those used undies vending machines, maybe even buy a few pairs.

#8 Posted by believer258 (11771 posts) -
#9 Posted by bemusedchunk (679 posts) -

Panty vending machines.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I'd say learn Japanese? You're gonna be there for three years, after all.

#11 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

Tokyo.

#12 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

I wanna go :(

#13 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Get wasted and sing karaoke with salarymen. Every night. For three years.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

Get wasted and sing karaoke with salarymen. Every night. For three years.

Have you played Takeshi's Challenge? That shit's gonna get him beat up...and then earn him a treasure map. So maybe it's not all bad.

#15 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Have you played Takeshi's Challenge?

Now there's a game dying for an HD remake.

#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Ravenlight:

I've my doubts. A lot of what made it work was that it was specifically parodying arbitrary game trends of the time. A game in that SPIRIT today, though, would be pretty cool. Except...

#17 Posted by Xymox (2076 posts) -

Buy a geiger counter

#18 Posted by Fattony12000 (7251 posts) -

Become Shogun.

#19 Posted by JoyfullOFrockets (1177 posts) -

Find a damn job. Then do whatever the hell you want.

#20 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Video_Game_King:

Duty Calls was only like five minutes long and didn't feature Beat Takeshi hating you on the box.

My idea for something in the vein of Takeshi's Challenge would be Miyamoto or some other famous video games man's face glaring angrily at the player from the screen. Then you'd have to pass arbitrary QTEs at random 5-30 minute intervals. Failure to complete the whole game in one 6-8 hour sitting would make the disc/download corrupt so you couldn't play it again. Bonus points for Kinect/Move support.

#21 Posted by Zenogiasu (192 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

Get wasted and sing karaoke with salarymen. Every night. For three years.

I've read that this is actually the culture of a lot of white-collar Japanese businessmen. If you don't go to the bar with your colleagues after work almost everyday, something's up with you.

Sounds like my kinda country amirite

#22 Posted by Chris2KLee (2332 posts) -

Depends where you're located. I'll assume you're near Tokyo, so just jump on the Yamanote Line going around town and stop off where ever tickles your fancy. Akiba is on the line, and while it's not exactly deal central or anything, it's cool to check out if you like video games or anime or weirdness. If you paid for the JR pass, hop on the bullet train and head to Kyoto to get your money's worth. Have fun!

#23 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

@css_switchfoot:

I strongly recommend you learn about all the traditions and the do's and dont's of social behaviour. If you go to Japan without knowing about all the unique quirks of it's people, you will just make a fool out of yourself and end up being shunned by everyone for your disrespectful behaviour.

#24 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3842 posts) -

Super Potato. Also I'm jealous.

#25 Posted by TobbRobb (4587 posts) -

Cosplay in the middle of the street. Bonus points if it's as the opposite sex, double up for cat ears. Extra bonus points if you are confident enough to not feel embarrassed about it.

#26 Posted by mtcantor (947 posts) -

Go out partying all night at one of the club districts, and enjoy the part of the night where the trains stop running, teens and drunken salarymen wander the streets like zombies, and things just get eerily quiet. Then eat at a Yoshinoya to nurse your hangover.

Also, stay the fuck away from Kabukicho. You don't want anything they are selling. Trust me.

Oh, also, Kyoto is amazing. Go there.

#27 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2779 posts) -

Try and find normal people. The wacky-zany novelty wears thin after a month or so.

#28 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1421 posts) -

Ask everyone if they liked Tokyo Drift. Also make some room for me when I come over. Don't forget to get lots of snacks, since I often get hungry.

#29 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7069 posts) -
@believer258

Go to this.

But go to the Condom Store in Tokyo first. Gotta be safe.
#30 Posted by jerseyscum (869 posts) -

@mtcantor said:

Go out partying all night at one of the club districts, and enjoy the part of the night where the trains stop running, teens and drunken salarymen wander the streets like zombies, and things just get eerily quiet. Then eat at a Yoshinoya to nurse your hangover.

Also, stay the fuck away from Kabukicho. You don't want anything they are selling. Trust me.

Oh, also, Kyoto is amazing. Go there.

Dude. I read Tokyo Vice and Kabukicho looks EXACTLY like something I'd love to check out.

#31 Posted by mtcantor (947 posts) -

@jerseyscum said:

@mtcantor said:

Go out partying all night at one of the club districts, and enjoy the part of the night where the trains stop running, teens and drunken salarymen wander the streets like zombies, and things just get eerily quiet. Then eat at a Yoshinoya to nurse your hangover.

Also, stay the fuck away from Kabukicho. You don't want anything they are selling. Trust me.

Oh, also, Kyoto is amazing. Go there.

Dude. I read Tokyo Vice and Kabukicho looks EXACTLY like something I'd love to check out.

Unless you speak VERY good Japanese, or are escorted by a Japanese person, you won't get into anything that interesting. You will be limited to venues that specialize in gaijin. Not nearly as fun and way more expensive.

If you are really interested in that part of Tokyo nightlife, be sure to get a Japanese friend to show you around.

#32 Posted by css_switchfoot (119 posts) -

@Zenogiasu: I'm in the navy so...no

@JoyfullOFrockets: got a job

sounds like some good ideas.

#33 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

You should be fine as long as you're not an underage school girl.

#34 Posted by knitlife (45 posts) -

Get an Inspector Alert and stay away from the black dirt.

#35 Posted by OtakuGamer (1226 posts) -

Do you speak Japanese? It will be very difficult for you if you don’t. If you do, then I suggest talking to the natives and befriending them. It will definitely enrich your experience living there and they’ll show you around. If you want to just sightsee then look on the web. I particularly found www.dannychoo.com helpful as it has plenty of videos, photos and articles on Japan and its culture.

Have fun!

#36 Posted by Superkenon (1408 posts) -

俺のためにポニーを購入しなさい ! !

#37 Edited by sergeantz (140 posts) -

God, where to begin. I lived there for four years and I loved every second of it. Where in Japan are you? Yokosuka?

#38 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Get groped.

#39 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

Super PoTaTo

#40 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -

Something something something, borderline offensive racist stereotype.

#41 Posted by Kraznor (1578 posts) -

Well, you should stay at that five star hotel in Japan, the one from Lost in Translation. Get drunk and stand next to some sort of dragon. See sumo wrestling live. Get a massage maybe. And yeah, buy some used girls panites from one of those pervert vending machines. Then fly home first class...dumb allusions, its all I can do anymore.

#42 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Kraznor said:

And yeah, buy some used girls panites from one of those pervert vending machines.

Last I checked, those specific vending machines didn't exist anymore. The reason: False advertising. There was no way to prove who had actually worn the panties before.

This info is several years old, mind you. If there have been advances in the used-underwear vending machine department, I'd love to hear about them.

...

That makes me sound like a pervert, doesn't it?

#43 Edited by VoshiNova (1666 posts) -

@Xymox said:

Buy a geiger counter

Boom!

@believer258 said:

Go to this.

hahaha wtf man

#44 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Soapland! If they let a dirty Gajin like you get clean at all.

#45 Posted by Hunter5024 (5598 posts) -

Kyoto always looked interesting to me because of all the shrines and shit. Try going there maybe.

#46 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

You should join the Yakuza.  Ive always wanted to do that. 

#47 Posted by Verrayne (14 posts) -

Check out danny choo's blog, He has a great blog about japan and living in japan.

#48 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3131 posts) -

SuperPotato!

#49 Posted by css_switchfoot (119 posts) -

@sergeantz: Yeah thats where I'm based out of. Although I'm in Guam right now. Sorry to let the thread die, can't get on this website underway.