Japan thread 2013: Abe back in office and island issues with China

Same ol` stuff… different day. Despite all the island issues Japan is having with their neigbors, we still continue to game! Big thanks to ScottPopular for arrnanging foreign friendly randbats at kick ass locations. More to come from him and his posse, but if you need some FYI/101 for the gaming scene, refer to the below!

Rules for Posting:
- Keep it clean! No unnecessary flaming.
- If you’re coming to Japan for a vacation, cool! Welcome!
- If you’re in this thread cuz you have a hardon for Japan but have no way of coming here, GTFO.
- If you dislike Japanese girls, GTFO.
- If you enjoy some sweet ass curry rice, welcome!

Visitors to Japan
If you have a question, feel free to ask us, but first COMPLETELY read and answer the following questions:

1. Where are you going to stay? (Tokyo is not an answer, it is just like saying New York City, L.A., London, or Hong Kong)

2. What games do you play?

3. If you are asking for budget approximations, please give detail about:
-The number of people you will be with
-Where you want to go
-How luxurious of a place you want to stay in
-What your spending needs are (ie. gifts for the family, everyday arcade, sightseeing, etc.)

I have been going to ThrowBack Tokyo events for quite some time now. Cool people and we always go low budget. Basically drinking, gaming and more drinking!
ThrowBack Tokyo on Meetup:

ThrowBack Tokyo FaceBook Page:

ThrowBack Tokyo Google Community:

FRB Tokyo FaceBook Page: (Kick ass events organized by ScottPopular!!!)

Useful links, old threads, etc.:


Okinawa thread:

ScottPopular: JAPAN THREAD 2012: 2011 was a bit shaky, but we're still here!

Useful Info from ScottPopular’s Official Japan Thread (General Discussion):
The Official Japan Thread 2.0 “Nani?”

Graveyard of Japan Threads (World Matchmaking):
JAPAN THREAD 2007 (Konnichiwa B!tches!)
JAPAN THREAD 2009: 3rd Strike!
JAPAN THREAD 2010: Let's do this ish!
JAPAN THREAD 2011: Lets get it on!
JAPAN THREAD 2012: 2011 was a bit shaky, but we're still here!

Read this if you have been convicted of ANY crime in the past and you are coming to Japan!

Train Directions in English:

Bus Maps in Japanese:

#1 Recommended Forum for Japan talk:
CAUTION: This is the best place to get solid advice on just about anything… but I warn you, you have to be able to take the shit that goes a long with it. Lots of Non-PC, NSFW, and sarcasm. You are warned, if you squirm when someone says, “go fuck yourself”, this is not the place to go… you should try looking for a 0120 help hotline number instead…

Arcade Information


MMCafe: http://www.mmcafe.com/arcadeguide/arcades_shinjuku.html
Ge-Sen.com: http://www.ge-sen.com/
(Video) Directions to Tokyo arcades:

So you wanna be an Engrish Teacher? Check here:
(credit to Jazz for his success in less than 2 weeks time with NO visa/job offer prior to arriving Japan)


I had wanted to go to Japan since a very young age…and in college I even minored in English and worked in my school’s writing lab as a tutor for 3 years to make myself more eligible for jet and other programs …I ended up graduating and never even getting an interview with jet and the aeon “interview” was a total fiasco…so I just got a job with the us government and worked for a while.

When my government project ended I had saved up a good bit of cash and decided to do it the hard way…I was going to go to Japan and get a job there.

I booked a flight for the day after my project ended and paid my deposit for a sakura house room…this gave me an address in Tokyo.

Now at this point, I had a lot of questions even after a little research. I got a lot of different advice from different people and I got a lot of conflicting reports from different people. Some said its easy finding a job some said chances are “slim to none.” I decided I would try my luck and find out for myself.

As directed by several sources, I looked up ads on Dave’s ESL cafe and ohayosensei about two weeks before I left for Japan. The long of April is a good time to search (as well as August) because they are at school semester intervals.

Note about ad hunting: many ads will say they require a variety of things. The most common are
a) must currently reside in Japan
b) must hold worker’s visa
c) must have EXPERIENCE
d) tesol / tefl cert

If you are like I am/was, all you have is your bachelor’s degree. In my case I have a b.s. in biology minoring in chemistry and English (which I got in 4 years :slight_smile: ) this is fine…you may feel inadequate reading al these descriptions of what employers want and such but the truth is all you need is one company to tell you yes …remember that.

It’s important to find ads that claim they will sponsor your workers visa. His is of course, your true desire as it is your ticket to stay in Japan and find work freely. Once you have one, getting a job becomes much simpler, since employers want to hire someone quickly without having to sponsor someone from overseas. Getting a workers visa takes time, and as we all know in business time is money.

Anyway, look at some of these listing sites to get an idea of what you need to submit to apply. The most common items I found were as follows:

Prepare these items
A) a resume …remember Japan is a fairly conformist society so don’t make your resume stand out…focus on content rather than attractiveness. If you can make reservations at a sakura house or have a place to stay in Japan, use that address to give the employer the idea that you are acquainted with Japanese lifestyle and that you are in the country

B) cover letter
The cover letter should be concise and to the point…this is not a personal statement but a cover letter to enclose your references and resume with. Google examples if need be to get the idea

C) photo
A tasteful photo of yourself dressed nicely. ( I used college graduation photos)

D) a short list of professional references with emails and phone numbers

Once you have these tools, simply go through your ads and adjust your resumes and cover letters to address that specific job ad. Email the requested items (usually the above 4 items sometimes more sometimes less)

I emailed over 22 ads in one night and heard back from 4… the next day! One of hose 4 gave me interviews over the next 4 days and what actually happened was I didn’t get the position I applied for. However, I did so well in the interviews that the director reapplied my information for another position in the company that had JUST opened up…and I got it. 7 days later I landed in Japan and started work.

You don’t need certifications you don’t need hookups you don’t need jet or to dive across the country for bullshit aeon “interviews.”

You do need time effort and motivation…and an email account. Using these tools you can find work in Japan too!

Food, Drink, Booze, and Club Trolling:


[LEFT]Booze: before you go clubbing, drinking, etc. go to the corner store and buy JPY100 ~ JPY201 chu hais (7 ~ 8 % alco) or JPY197 Asahi/Kirin Strong Beer (7% alco) and down a couple of them to save you money. There are even some alcohol stores in Bic Camera where you can get drink cheeper. MineMart is always cheap, but such a large selection I end up staying there for 20 min looking at all the booze.[/LEFT]
[LEFT]Food: yoshinoya, mcdonalds, or any corner store is good enough and cheap.[/LEFT]
[LEFT]Nomihodai (all you can drink): There are izakayas that have nomihodai for like JPY3000 ± JPY500. I know one in shibuya by HMV that has nomihodai from 12 to 5 am for only JPY2500… i love that place. theyll even put glases of whiskey or vodka on the table so they can go in the back and fuck off.[/LEFT]

Shibuya Club Trolling:
Update this… I found some new places!

Roppongi Club Trolling:
This got deleted somehow… prolly cause I fucked up the copy and paste from the 2012 thread and fucked that post up too… I will make anew.

Note about PSN ID and XBL Gamertag:
I would like to keep this updated with the people who live in Japan… purely because of the connection. If you are going to be here for more than a few months, no problemo, but for the short tearmers… sorry… but I aint puttin your info up.



IparryU = IparryU
Ion317 = Ion_317
tribaL = tribaL112
Mashyu = Kaitou-Saitou & AnnieBot
ElvenShadow = ElvenShadow
Higashibashe = Higashifighter
xero15 = zrodadonjp
Americanmeowth = shochusunset
Prouddisciple = ProudDisciple & ProudDisciple2
Reno = Reno
Vlade = XenoVlade
UnD34D = UnD34D Zealot
Spiking = Spiiiking
iminthenet2 = Jefftheman55
UnD34D = Cable_AHVB
Tommy_TSW = ThePolyglot
ukyo_rulz = ukyo_rulz
weedian = bayouhorns

XBL Gamertag:


SRK_Name = XBL_Gamertag
HFX = abelity001
X_Sword = SwxrdZ
xero15 = zrodadon
Prouddisciple = ProudDisciple
Reno = itsumobasho
Blaziansolja = xKonfuciousx
Fataldmg = FatalDMG
seriouslyWTFandre = Heart Break Dre
Cynistar = cynistar742

Router configuration for PSN and XBL


static ip:
PSN DNS: http://community.us.playstation.com/message/6611105#6611105


wired > wireless

set up dmz with same IP as the above static ip:

Portforward PSN ports

Portforward XBL ports

SRK user’s blogs/webpages/whatever: (please post to have yours bumped to this post)



Scott Popular:


Im living in Japan right now, and i do live streams of AE, Wii U, and other titles.

my xbox live is xFatalDMG.

Im living in Saitama



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Quick question. I’m in Osaka for just one more day, and I’m really itching to play some Marvel. Is there any place like Black Eye in Osaka that I can play Marvel at?

Monte 50 in Umeda has MvC2

I just got back from one week in Tokyo

Had an amazing time there. I wish i can go back there and stay longer

In terms of fighting games the places i went to, the most popular was the new Blazblue and Guilty Gear games, easily. Next would be Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and then perhaps Persona 4

It seems like Street Fighter 4 is not that popular, but still had a decent following and lots of machines - but not as popular as Blaz Blue, Guilty Gear or Tekken.

I was sad to see two of my cult favorites such as VF5 FS and KOF 13 not so popular. Some arcades didnt have those machines, and the ones that did would only have like 2 machines of those games, and hardly any one playing them.

I saw more machines of Vampire Saviour, SF3 3rdt strike and perhaps even CVS2 and more people playing them.

Hello. I’m living in Yokohama right now and plan to keep living here for roughly three more years. I keep trying to find time to go to FinalRoundbats but something or another keeps coming up (ie. I have work on the day of Jan 2013 FRB).

Anyway my PSN is ukyo_rulz so pls add me if you are interested in playing TTT2, Skullgirls, MVC2 or Blazblue when CP comes out on PSN. I play UMVC3 as well but not online because the netcode is garbage. Keep in mind that I am playing on a wireless network for the time being but I should be getting a wired fiber connection by Jan 20.

I’m also up for any kind of stick modding activity. I’m still a beginner but I am interested in learning. I’ve been dipping my toes into those waters since 2010 and would love to know if there’s an actual custom stick scene at or near near Tokyo. Actually any kind of fighting-game related hanging out is fine with me. Except for arcades. Those hundred yen coins add up to serious money real quick!

Nice. In 2 days I’ll be Nagoya Japan to visit my sister. When she is at work I’ll need to stay busy during the day. I’ll admit I’m very late posting since buying my tix in November. But hey I have to start from somewhere.

**1. Where are you going to stay? **
Nagoya. To be exact the Nagoya Hilton

2. What games do you play?
Right now not too much. But I do play MvC 2, SF4 ad MvC 3. I didnt bother to get updates since im pissed and too cheap to do so.

3. If you are asking for budget approximations, please give detail about:
-The number of people you will be with
Just me when my sis is at work
-Where you want to go
Nagoya Castle, Toyota Museum. I’ve been told by my sis that Sakae is a nice place (that TV tower is sparking interests). A decent amount of spots.
-How luxurious of a place you want to stay in
My sis already set that up in Nagoya. Her employer is paying her stay in the hotel.
-What your spending needs are (ie. gifts for the family, everyday arcade, sightseeing, etc.)
sightseeing, some gifts for family and possibly coworkers

Thanks for the sticky Reno!

Can you post some info up on you region for gaming… or can I copy stuffs from your blog?

I will of course put citations on anything I use! ;p

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Was at Club Sega today and it was interesting. First thing of course was SF4 (balrog) and VF5 (Pai). It is within walking distance from the Nagoya Hilton. Downtown Nagoya is wow lol. I’ll in the Nagoya area until friday. So I dont mind for friendly peoples to meet up and hang out and get some gaming and drinks in.

Hey am I in the right thread? I need some help on Japanese but this thread seems to be focused on gaming scenes in Japan. Is there a general Japan thread?

EDIT: Nvm fuck. Thought i did a thread search in general discussion but this is in the matchmaking section. My bad yall.

Tournament Games: Saturn Bomberman/ UMVC3 / TTT2
Side: SSF4AE / SMASH 64 & a bunch of other stuff on rotation. (You can bring your own games and play them if we have a free set-up available)
Date/日程: Saturday, January 19th 2013
Time/時間: 1:00pm - 11:30pm (13:00 - 23:30)
Fee/料金: (Entry, Pizza Time Buffet and Games)
¥3,000 = Guys
¥2,000 = Girls

Venue/場所: Hobgoblin Akasaka
B1, Tamondo Building, 2-13-19 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan.
〒107-0052 東京都港区赤坂2-13-19多聞堂ビルB1
Telephone: 03-6229-2636

FRB Pre-Register: http://finalroundbats.blogspot.jp/p/frb.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/424171584321155/?fref=ts
FRB How to get to the Venue Video Map: http://finalroundbats.blogspot.jp/2011/08/how-to-get-to-hobgoblin-in-akasaka.html

people dont get why “persona is dead” is a saying. its lifespan was predetermined.

i havent seen anyone play persona in my local or tokyo arcades in about 2 months. went to club sega in akiba and the arcsys floor was wall to wall blaz and gg. more people playing melty blood than persona right now (which is a good thing because mbaacc owns)

general discussion is all good… helps keep all the info in one area and can be used for others who need it… e.g. Jazz’s Engrish teaching gig experience.


Kinda was playing at random. For some reason I didnt get the card. I thought I got it but it was only white and couldnt use it. I still had fun. I’ll post a full fight most likely tomorrow.

Sure, no prob, you can copy stuff from my blog although it’s more focused on work than anything else.

it would be cool if people on here made an effort to list places/resources for locations in jap for diff games…i.e. if u live in chiba, link to bbs , these arcades etc for different prefectures

just an idea…to compile resources basically

PSN; GOLJAZZ add me i play a variety…trying to take umvc3 seriously (<–lol)

I will get on this when my work load dies down. Gmaps is what I will use and I will eventually start a FB page and Google Community… might just do that now.