A week-end in Tokyo
Three weeks ago, I visited Stéphane, a friend living in Tokyo.
Even though it was short, we still managed to do quite a few things. First, the traditional pilgrimage to Akihabara, the high-tech area. As amazing as ever, with its groups of people on the street watching video game demos:
And its arcades packed with real hardcore gamers. This one for instance, has almost a whole floor dedicated to fighting games. You can see the otakus waiting their turn to play, or just watching the techniques used by the "masters":
Oh, have you heard of manic shooters? This word designates the hardcore variations of the good old shoot'em ups. And trust me, it's not what it used to be! Just watch the amount of blue and red bullets to dodge!
And if you don't believe me, just type "Dodonpachi" on youtube and watch a couple videos...
As for me, a good old taiko which I've been playing a lot lately:
I really want to upload videos sometime, so you can see what it actually looks like!
Then we went to a "Find a teacher" party, which consists in gathering Japanese people and language teachers. Actually, this is a little (very) exaggerated, as the "language teachers" are usually people who want to pick up Japanese girls and/or make some easy cash giving lessons. Anyway, since I don't live in Tokyo, I wasn't into the whole "teacher" thing, but we met two nice Japanese girls there. And if Stéphane hasn't managed to find a student, at least he's on a good start building a different kind of relationship.
Here we are at a pub:
On the next day, we went to Tokyo dome, a huge complex built around the baseball stadium. I feel like I'm repeating myself because I already went there last year: it's here
Nothing has changed since but this time, we tried the roller coaster...and it's awesome!!!
A very good design, fast paced from the beginning to the end, and even though it's not as tall as the Steel Dragon in Nagashima spaland (but still 262ft), it delivers great sensations! And a good thing: the first climb is rather fast, so people who are afraid of heights like me don't have much time to think...whereas in the Steel dragon, one could drink a coffee by the time one reaches the top...
Some of the curves are tight with great sections, like the dive through the building or going through the center of the Ferris wheel. And being in the middle of the town definitely adds something unusual to the experience. Now that I think about it, I should make a video next time...
Getting back to reality was tough though...let me explain...there was a concert on that day. I don't know which band, and I don't want to know anyway, but the area was crowded with young teenage schoolgirls!!! Watch that:
Noisy, tacky...It was really tiring...but we managed to make it out alive...
At least it was hard to get lost, look at Stéphane for instance:
How can you not see him?
PS : By the way, I'm not done with Hokkaido yet, I'll continue in the middle of next week...