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1 Trip to Japan on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:46 am

So I went to Japan, and it was...okay. I was really hype and I wanted to go there since I bought a SNES when I was little but as a result was bound to be a bit disappointed. I'll note some points of what I saw etc. Not going to go too in depth but just give the major points:


  • it was insanely hot, especially in the sun. Staying in the shadows, having a fan and umbrella really helps.
  • mid-town was a lot like New York, very big and loud.
  • lots of shops.
  • food was amazing, my favorite been eel with rice and also their curry, really something special. Takoyaki was also really nice, but not my favorite.
  • the love for Dragon Ball took me by surprise, might be a tourist thing but you couldn't go into a store without finding manga, statues or even porn on it.
  • speaking of which, the whole sex-culture really is something different. It really feels like all the men have just accepted sexual frustration as a part of their lives as you never see girls and boys together at all, and each and every book store has walls and walls of smut. This was even worse in Akihabara where I couldn't enter a single store without finding insane amounts of pornography, one store even had multiple displays running videos without any warning you might be entering such a store. One game-store I went into even sold erotic-sound effect cds... worst was one basement I went into that lead to probably one of the scariest places on earth. A giant basement filled with hentai magazines, blowup dolls and love-pillows. And it was packed with people. Lines and lines of men discussing what to buy and to read, some buying whole bags of hentai. To see this be accepted so publicly was really strange for me.
  • arcades were a blast. Played Space Harrier and managed to get 2nd on the machine's leaderboards after spending 10 bucks on it.  Also played a lot of Street Fighter 2 and 3. After long hard work managed to beat a Japanese player at SF2, guy must've been mid-40s himself. Insanely hard match, these guys are no joke.
  • extreme lack of love for games outside a certain norm. All stores basically only had RPG's, hentai, visual novels and the odd Yakuza or Souls title. Same went for statues, not a single Dante or Ryu statue to be found.
  • most popular seemed to be DBZ, One Piece, JoJo, Disney, Gundam and Final Fantasy.
  • wore a kimono for a day, how they ever moved in those things is beyond me. Really limiting in your movement, any game that shows a person even fast - walking in those things is lying. Running is impossible.
  • went to the capcom-bar (will write a short Stinger piece on it soon), it was...horrible but not in the way I thought it would be. The food was amazing, but the fanservice was lackluster to the extreme.
  • the country was really really clean.
  • the racism was pretty hefty. I was barely acknowledged and was sometimes called "dirty foreigner" behind my back thinking I don't speak Japanese, which I do. The worst was in an elevator, which was being cleaned. As I entered and pressed the button the cleaninglady just ignored me and cleaned over the buttons and my hand and then pushed me aside to continue cleaning. Never encountered this before.
  • everything was really cheap, except the food which was beyond expensive. A two person meal was nearly twice as expensive as in Europe at the very least.
  • I don't think I saw a single xbox in my time there. That console really is dead.
  • Pokemon is huge too.
  • saw a lot of temples too, amazing stuff and very atmospheric. 
  • the Ghibli Museum is one of the best I've seen in my life, the people that made and maintain that place really love the source material.


But yeah really great, but somehow expected more.

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2 Re: Trip to Japan on Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:21 pm

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Well, sounds like a place I would never want to visit.

Didn't expect the porn to be so bad. What you described is really creepy and I feel sorry for the women there.

Didn't expect them to be so racist either. Do you think it was just the area? There are so many people in Japan that they can't all be like that right?

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3 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:53 am

Japan is the second to last country for ethnic diversity, last is North Korea. Japan is super segregated from the rest of the world and are even at odds with other Asians. So they don't really have anyone in Japan who isn't Japanese for the most part so they don't have anyone around to say anything different, it's just excepted, like say the Middle East and its questionable standards. Worst part of racism is when it isn't even acknowledged, so it happens without anyone knowing. I'm not really informed enough to say these things though.
 
Surveys have been done to show that 1 in 3 foreigners who live in Japan have experienced racism.

Anyway, funny the various cultural tastes in media. So odd to think jojo is so massive over in Japan but not the west. Why are things so cheap? I've bought things from sites that import from Japan with super cheap Japan prices.

Not surprised capcom bar was lacking fan service just look at what they have been doing to their franchises, poor Dante, poor mega man, and let's not forget that ancient captain commando. They lost a lot of talent when clover left.

wore a kimono for a day, how they ever moved in those things is beyond me.

Maybe your not anime enough to wear a kimono Roy.

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4 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:16 am

Didn't expect the porn to be so bad. What you described is really creepy and I feel sorry for the women there.

Don't. I watched some documentaries there about the whole sex-culture and it's a double edged sword. The way the whole culture is built is that both parties want to avoid contact. The woman don't want sex or marriage because it holds them back from life and the guys don't want to work for a family instead of themselves and are generally afraid of females. They are literally holding each other hostage it seems.

Again though just how I experienced it. Others were really friendly but the whole porn thing really...hit me as something I didn't expect.

JoJo

Yeah it was really weird seeing him everywhere. Worst was One Piece though, holy hell that was everywhere.

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5 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:35 am

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Don't. I watched some documentaries there about the whole sex-culture and it's a double edged sword. The way the whole culture is built is that both parties want to avoid contact. The woman don't want sex or marriage because it holds them back from life and the guys don't want to work for a family instead of themselves and are generally afraid of females. They are literally holding each other hostage it seems.

I...can't think of anything to say to this other than how horrifying it sounds.

Did you check out any game stores? Do they have bargain bins full of rare games like in my dreams? lol

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6 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:43 am

It's also common to see women read hentai on public transport same as men, they aren't having any kids it's pretty big deal over their. These cultural issues have been building up for millennia due to how antisocial and oppressive Japan's culture is, very conformist, submissive and shame based. It's telling a lot when many will refuse a tip from you and many restaurants have buttons on tables to call waiters I think, I don't actually know any of this myself.

They have a saying called ganbate I think, it means do your best to the fullest, so go all out and work yourself to death ostensibly; It's a culture driven by extremes with no compromise, many literally die from overworking as it's seen as rude to even leave work at all in places. They have tons of suicides also from such issues
Massive cultural fractures are occurring. no clue how they will cope in Olympics, gaijin infestation.

...Anyway...this thread is taking a humbling dark turn.

How are the arcades? they still big in Japan.
Don't some places have member cards to fully access some machines?

Did you notice any pachinko parlours? All the smoke and noise, you should ideally wear earplugs during loud city areas, pachinko places everyone wears earplugs it's so harmfully bombastic.

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7 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:33 am

Did you check out any game stores? Do they have bargain bins full of rare games like in my dreams? lol

Oh yeah. You have no idea. It's pretty sad that regional locks are a thing but you can find some sick stuff. I bought Baten Kaitos II, Pokemon Green and Golden Sun: The Lost Age - all favorites I always wanted to have in Japanese just as a collectible. But there were tons of old games on offer. If you didn't mind shelving out 70 bucks you could buy Link to the Past on SNES with the box and all (I kinda wish I did...). Other titles like Mother 3 were just hanging on a wall and you could practically buy any and all SNES games you ever missed out on.

How are the arcades? they still big in Japan. 

Not as big as I'd hope, but still pretty big. Most are a few floors and there's at least one per major area. Most have a few single player machines but are generally filled with the currently most popular fighting title (right now a Gundam game) and old fighting game cabinets. Played a lot of Street Fighter 2 as that's the one I'm best at, but also saw a ton of CVS2, MVC2, SF4, Tekken7 etc and even a few fighting games I never had seen before. Competition was fierce as hell as most players there were unlike anything I've experienced. I consider myself pretty good in SF2 and played it a lot online etc - but these guys were beasts.

Did you notice any pachinko parlours
These things were everywhere lol holy shit. But my girlfriend is pretty much against gambling so I didn't enter.

All the smoke and noise, you should ideally wear earplugs during loud city areas,
I actually got dizzy in Akihabara from all the 'visual input' I was receiving and had to sit down and breath for a moment. It really can get a 'bit much' at times there.

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8 Re: Trip to Japan on Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:36 pm

@Roy;For real I never take my aluminium ear plugs out, wear headphones 24/7 too. It's actually disturbing the lack of hearing loss preventatives are in place, pretty much no country has any enforced noise control laws, and professionals barely wear protective ear wear also. It's really objectively dangerous just going around most places, cities,schools and crowded places for even a short while. Try popping in some foam plugs for a whole day or two and then see if you notice the noise pollution more. Most are desensitised to the noise but that's worse as it means you will be expose longer and have permanent hearing damage or worse.
Ears do exist and so does hearing so don't loose that, I'm very sensitive to sound among other senses so I don't want others to suffer or cause suffering so I warn them. I tend to keep quite also which is considerate for others too, no one benefits from being loud. So having a greater awareness of noise frequencies and what's harmful is key. I'm rambling.

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