Clubbing in Japan

Hey you guys,

I actually made a video on this subject, so if you want more information on this please take a look at it. What this blog entry is about is giving you guys a couple of places and clubs to check out when you’re in Tokyo. Hope this helps!

Shibuya:

Atom, GasPanic, Scramble

Scramble is a café/bar. Once it hits 10 or 11 this place gets pretty hyper. ADD sh*t man. It’s a great place to chill before the last train home and it is literally across the street from the station so now worries on time aye?

Roppongi:

Vibration, Jumanji, Gaspanic Club (not bar!!)(Next to T.G.I. Fridays)

Jumanji is always Jumping and they have a good crowd; a good mix of ages, but mostly 28 and down. It’s hard to get in here without an ID of being 20, but if you’re a girl, dress f*cking up, like to the point even girls are saying damn~ at you and you’ll get in haha. AKA wear heels.

Gaspanic Club: Even though this place is Gaijin central haha, you guys will have a GREAT time. The music here is always BOMB.COM and it has a great mix of ages. I had most of greatest clubbing memories here.

You guys, there’s obviously more clubs you can check out in Tokyo, but I’m only giving you info on the ones I have been to and know is actually kind of good.

Best of Luck to your time in Japan!!

Food expenses for the study abroad student: especially in Tokyo, Japan

So one thing your estimates expenses for your study abroad trip shows that is off the charts is the cost of food. Mine alone was over $7,000 for the school year. Yah, shoot me in this face. Nearly gave up when I saw that. The GOOD news though, you can cut those expenses doen by a lot if you just follow my tips.

  1. DON’T  go out for every meal of the day. Sure weekends are okay, have a nice lunch with your friends or dinner and so is going out once during the school week, but not EVERYDAY. Food in Japan is costly. Best believe it.
  2. DO make your own food, especially if you place of stay has a kitchen. And if you’re a college student there, best believe that you’re going to become a chef of making pasta (spaghetti). And I’m not going to lie, supermarkets there have a great selection of sauces. So WHY is this going to become your favorite food? Well, because it’s cheap.org. 100 yen (1.20 US about) for the dry pasta and the same price for the same. FYI, even though some of those packets say “for up to two people”, in reality they go for about 4-5 meals. You can stretch it. LOL.
  3. DON’T stick to one grocery store. Truth is, there is probably another grocery store out there that sells the same thing you’re trying to find, but for a better price.
  4. DO pregame before you go to the club. It’s cheaper to buy some vodka in a big bottle and split the price with your friends. Clubbing takes quite a bit of money, for example, to cost to get there and back, an entrance fee, etc., so yah pregame. Unless ladies you’re confident you can get a guy to by you drink(s) then LEGGO.

Top Places to shop: Keep in mind this is for those studying at ICU, but most of these stores are popular all over Japan

  1. 100 yen shop (equivalent to the 99 cents store)
  2. Gourmet City
  3. Don-qi-hote (Kind of like a Walmart)
  4. Seiyu (Walmart)
  5. Itoyokado
  6. Local Shops

All I have to say is be weary of your money. In Japanese terms it may be cheap, but in regards to your currency probably not.

Best of luck to you in Japan!

 

 

Events at Yoyogi Park: Laos Festival, Thai Festival, and Reggae Festival

If there’s something I wish I knew about a bit earlier, it would be attending events t Yoyogi Park. You can actually find out about these events through the Google search engine. But usually every weekend, at least that’s what it seemed like haha, they have an event there and from my experience, it was during May-June, there were cultural events. For instance, the events I attended were the Laos Festival, Thai Festival, and Reggae Festival.

Why Laos? Well I’m half Lao and I was really craving some delicious Lao food lol. They had a celeb from  Laos there and lots of Laotian food. But as many of you may know, Laos, Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese food are very similar, thus there were many popular Southeast Asian dishes there. For example, I had some delicious Pho and enjoyed a nice coconut drink and mango durian ice cream.

The difference from the Laos festival and Thai was there were more people at the Thai festival lol, but is understandable. Thai is a bit more on the map thanks to popular media like The Hangover 2. Oh and better food selection.

Now the reggae festival, titled, “One Love,” was off the chain!! Excuse my jump back into the 90s, but furrealz I had a great time at this one. Reggae culture is part of my childhood. I woke up every Sunday morning to my father blasting Bob Marley on the speakers. And thank God I caught this one on video. Well, hahaha I caught them all on video!! But yah, I bought a skirt and bracelet from this one and also ate some delicious Ghanaian food ya’ll!! Also if you’re black, not gonna, you feel a bit at home at this one haha. Oh and people were even doing cornrolls for 500 yen (6-7 US dollars) LMAO. But for realz guys I totally recommend this festival; it’s a great mix of many cultures, not only the Africans lol, but many Japanese and all the other ethnicities residing in Tokyo. Did I mention you get to see so many cute mixed kids??!!

Where you’re in Tokyo, look up the events at Yoyogi Park. There should be something going on lol. Oh and keep in mind this isn’t the Yoyogi Park “Park”, but the event space you pass on your way to the NHK building as you’re heading to Shibuya. There should be directions on the website you use :]

 

Drinking in Japan: The HUB

ImageI never really drank before I went to Japan because I just never really thought it was something I would do, but living in a foreign country can change that for a person!! I wanted to recommend one of my favorite drinking spots for you guys. It’s called, “The HUB”.

The Hub, from 4-7pm (weekdays), has something very amazing called, “Happy Hour”.  Drinks during that time cost from $3-$5 and even more I believe. But that only depends on what you’re getting. The price is higher for drinks, but it all depends on what you buy.

The style of the HUB is like a pub. It really does have a foreign feel to it. There’s sports on the teli, the whole place is covered in dark wood, flags of different counties, flags and posters of sport teams, and the music is usually varied in different genres. It’s a really chill vibe you get from this place and it’s a great place to hang with friends on a Friday after a test, on the weekend, and with coworkers.

I love the HUB and I totally recommend it. It’s like everywhere, especially in Tokyo: Shibuya, Shinjuku, you name it!! Oh and they have delicious food!!! 

The Cousin in Japan Part 7: Hana Kawa Door

My cousin, friend, and I were invited to go to this jamming place by the guy I met at the club the other night. I didn’t really want to go at first because I’m a shy person!!!! So what if I was interested in him??? No just kidding, I wanted to go secretly but I didn’t want to say yes without the approval of my cousin and friend because my friend came out to hang with us, all the way to our hostel, and we already kind of decided to go clubbing. Therefore I didn’t want to say yes to blue eyes because I already had plans, but my cousin and friend were down to go, so everything worked out.

We drank a bit before leaving. I think I had 2-3 shots, a ½ bottle of whiskey, and a cocktail before leaving. I’m not sure but I was feeling good and was sane. I’m a heavy weight champion what can I say?? Bwahahahahaha!!! But yah, my friend was new to drinking at the time so he got a bit tipsy after one cocktail and when he drinks he begins to speak in Keigo. Keigo is the SUPER polite way of speaking Japanese. It’s only used we speaking to someone of a higher status than you. For example, when you come to restaurant out here, the waiters and waitresses are going to speak to you in Keigo, be you as the customer are in a higher standing than them because they are serving you. It’s also used in boss and subordinate relations and teacher-student relations.

Yah but he kept speaking in Keigo and no one understood what he was talking about. I’m proficient in Japanese, but NOT when using honorifics (polite forms). It’s very difficult for me. But yah, it was funny. Nolan ended up going home that night, but my cousin and I still went to the Jamming place with them. It was called, “Hana Kawa Door”.

HANA KAWA DOOR

This place gets popping from Thursday-Sat I believe. I don’t remember what day we went though. But they usually have live music playing and performances from various underground artists and Djs, has a bar, and just lots of chill people there. It was kind of like a hippie fest lol.

The reason why I recommend this place is because I performed there with blue eyes. He played the guitar, I sang, mind you with the band still playing behind us. It was just such a cool experience for me because I love music and I love to sing. Hana Kawa Door made me get out of my shell to the max. It was a beautiful night. Also his brothers rapped, which was so cool, and the owner of the bar, her name is “Mimi” remembered me when I returned a couple of months later. She only met me once, so for her to remember me made me really happy. Both times I went there were good times.

If you plan to go, please email her to ask what’s going on that night because I did go there out of the blue one more time but there was no one there, only the bartender lol.

http://www.hanakawadoor.com/

THIS VIDEO IS FROM TWO MONTHS AFTER MY CUZO CAME :]

The Cousin in Japan Part 6: Tokyo Tower

My cousin told me that one of her favorite places was Tokyo Tower. We went there at night and it was pretty crowded but not that crowded. It was a good crowded lol. It was about $25 dollars American money in total to go to the main observation deck and also the highest deck and when you get up there the view is amazing. Although it was at night, I really enjoyed it, I’m not going to lie. We were kind of out of it because we both caught a small cold but we had a good time.

We had to wait about 45 minutes until our number showed up on the screen to be able to go to the highest observation deck, but during that time there is much to do. Well, not much but a good amount. There was a DJ playing there and they were also chatting and stuff. The music they were playing was all in Japanese and it was some weird techno-kiddy stuff so it wasn’t to my liking. I mean, I do like Japanese music but the stuff they were playing was blah….

But don’t worry there, there’s views to see and a restaurant to eat at. OMG, I don’t know if it was because we went there on an empty tummy, but the sandwiches they served there was BOMB.COM. No lie yo. We also treated ourselves to some ice cream for dessert.

FUNNY STORY: After our numbers were called to go to the highest observatory, we up went up and hand to wait in line to go up in this elevator that takes you there. We got up to the front of line but the worker-lady  stops us right at the front and let’s that elevator go up. I said to Nyambura, “What if when the next elevator comes down she only puts us on then let’s us go up by ourselves?” Bwahahahaha!! It was so funny. We were like the only black people in there so people kept staring at us and from the stereotypes of black people that the Japanese have of us, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people were scared. Thus, if they did shut the elevator after only letting us in, it would have been messed up. Of course I was just joking but we were cracking up about it sooo much. Ahhhh Good times :]