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michael
25-09-2005, 12:02 AM
Hey,

I think I've seen a few people posting from Japan on here. My wife and I are off to do the whole English teaching malarky in November... if anyone's out there and wants to send me a message or just share some experiences here or whatever, well, that would be just swell. :)

tox
25-09-2005, 05:04 AM
Where abouts are you gonna be based?

Im out in Fukuoka studying Japanese at the moment. Small for a Japanese city, but a really good place.

If you think of anything you wanna know before you come out here then just ask away...

michael
26-09-2005, 03:13 AM
We're flying into Osaka, currently doing the online job hunt for work around that area, so not exactly sure where we'll be yet.

We did look at Fukuoka as well, just to go somewhere different from most efl teachers. :)

I can't think of any specific questions to ask off hand.

Actually, have you (anyone?) gone to many gigs? I've heard from friends who were in Osaka that they're very expensive (ignoring exchange rates, just relative to income). Also heard they start very early for dance culture related things. Headliners on before midnight and other scandals. ;)

Melchior
26-09-2005, 03:26 AM
Also heard they start very early for dance culture related things. Headliners on before midnight and other scandals. ;)

Holy fuck, I'm moving over tomorrow!

tox
26-09-2005, 04:44 AM
Actually, have you (anyone?) gone to many gigs? I've heard from friends who were in Osaka that they're very expensive (ignoring exchange rates, just relative to income). Also heard they start very early for dance culture related things. Headliners on before midnight and other scandals. ;)

ive only been out here for 2 weeks, but managed to get down to a Gilles Peterson show the other night. It was 25quid in (steep!), but with 2 free drinks. lasted til 4 in the morning although the atmosphere was a bit wierd (lots of moshing?!). Seems to be a fair amount going on here - In terms of Dance theres lots of Trance, Hip-Hop and Broken Beat. Have to keep in mind that it could be unique to Fukuoka as its fairly far removed from Tokyo and Osaka...

baboon2004
26-09-2005, 04:32 PM
Lived in Osaka for a bit - v expensive, but plenty of English teaching work round that way. Great selection of gigs/club nights, but,again, on the expensive side. I fyou like sensory overload, you'll love Japan.

treblekicker
27-09-2005, 09:54 PM
Flying out on October 20th, doing Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, some small Japanese town I don't even know the name of (where friends live) and Okinawa. Are there any good modern art galleries in Tokyo?

minikomi
28-09-2005, 03:28 AM
im a kansai boi but during the time i spent in tokyo (2 days with a sleep on a park bench inbetween) i found no shortage of free, small galleries around the ginza area. just wander around and look for the words gallery or galleria the japanese for it

ギャラリー or ギャラリア

ones of note: an excellent kaleidoscope gallery i can dig up the address of

a massive new-school japanese caligraphy display - all the pieces were done with house paint brushes and really over emphisized the meanings of the characters. eg ones for rain and lightening looked like ominous storm clouds. very powerful.

lots of independantly produced jewelery and sculptures ..

a wall full of sketches by someone very obviously influenced by yoshimoto nara..

sorry.. thats the best advice i can give you ;) wander in ginza... wander in ginza...

DJ PIMP
28-09-2005, 08:42 PM
My wife and IThe correct phrase would be "Me and the missus".

michael
28-09-2005, 11:37 PM
The correct phrase would be "Me and the missus".
But that's using an object pronoun when it should be a subject. :(

dsp13
08-10-2005, 12:44 PM
I've been in Tokyo for about 16 months. As far as gigs go... guess it depends on what kind of gig. Alot of rock shows start early and finish round midnight... mainly cos after last train (around 11:45pm - 1:30am depending on where yr headed) it would cost you a zillion yen to get a cab home to most places.

Be warned even the crappiest "4 unknown death metal bands" type gig can be around the same price as going to a big club. In Australia you can see some local bands for 5 bucks but that doesn't happen here. Most gigs I've been to (hip-hop / experimental / grime / jungle / shitmat live etc) have been allnighters that start from about 11pm and go through till the trains start around 5:30am the next day.

The big techno clubs have some nasty door charges sometimes but I usually pay around 2000 - 2500 yen. I've been told Osaka is awesome for all kinds of music. I'm sure you'll find something cool. If you're a psuedo alcoholic bum like me I highly recommend getting drunk at the nearest convenience store before going into a club cos drinks are always hideously expensive in
the clubs and they don't give pass-outs.

Tweak Head
17-10-2005, 01:43 PM
Nagoya is worth thinking about. Not an exciting place but a good and comfortable place to live. it's big, but its unfashionable and often overlooked so there should be lots of jobs there. Handy for travelling around: 2 hrs from Tokyo, less than 1 hr to Kyoto/Osaka, on the bullet train, also good transport links to mountains, countryside etc. Not sure about the club scene. I saw Deep Purple there in 1986 ... it was a weird experience. Things have probably moved on since then, as have I.

michael
18-12-2005, 12:52 PM
Well, I'm here and in Tokyo, not Osaka, due to rescheduling flights and stuff...

Sensory overload, indeed. Yeesh.

Minikomi, if you read this, I'd love to hear about that kaleidoscope gallery. It'd be "my missus"'s thing, for sure.

Tried to see a Melbourne friend (http://www.quamusic.com) playing support for PanAmerican in Shibuya on Thursday, but cocked it up due to the fact his gig started at 6pm and was over by 10. Hah.

Went to the record shopping area of Shibuya today, which was obscene. Can't believe I was restrained enough to get away with a single sale CD. From a shop called "Sam's - Real Black Music!!", no less.

Tying into a thread (Modern Dub?) where dsp13 mentioned about dancehall here, attached is a sign from one of the many, many shops I've seen selling dancehall. Something made me smile about seeing "riddim" written amongst all the Japanese characters.

I tried to get a pic of a place in Shinjuku that was wall to wall dancehall 7"s, but it was too blurry.

Eric
19-12-2005, 04:49 AM
Tying into a thread (Modern Dub?) where dsp13 mentioned about dancehall here, attached is a sign from one of the many, many shops I've seen selling dancehall. Something made me smile about seeing "riddim" written amongst all the Japanese characters.


Choo Big Riddim!! heh.

You still planning on coming over here, or are you going to do the Tokyo thing? If you come this way be in touch ...

michael
20-12-2005, 02:45 AM
Think I will be doing the Tokyo thing.. but will definitely PM if heading your way. Please (anyone) feel free to do the same!

polystyle desu
23-12-2005, 01:42 AM
Hey Michael
keep an eye on what's up at Club Unit in Daikenyama and have a munch sometime at their cafe Unice .
Nice people , great sound , buzzing location
www.unit-tokyo.com

michael
23-12-2005, 03:57 AM
Cool, thanks for that. I could be sorely tempted to have a go at their NY party... I just never know if I can hack a whooooole night of techno. But yay for Fehlmann still going strong.



Thomas Fehlmann (Kompakt)
Tobias Thomas (Kompakt/Spex)
Jennifer Cardini (Kill The Dj)
Triple R (Traum/Trapez/My Best Friend)
Steve Barnes aka Process/Cosmic Sandwich (Traum/Trapez/My Best Friend)
dublee (mule electronic)
Kosuke Anamizu (mule electronic)
Kentaro Iwaki aka Dub Archanoid Trim
Keita Magara
Toshiya Kawasaki (mule musiq)
and more....


"Oh my God .. it's techno music!"

polystyle desu
23-12-2005, 04:30 AM
I hear you Michael
I have the Unit monthy little magazine with ad for the New Year's party and was going to mention it.
Happened to catch Fehlmann DJ'ing here a few months back and while it was good fun , not at all sure one's ears & brain could take a whole evening of it.
Maybe if you just pop in for the say, last 4 DJ's ...

Have a good one whatever you decide to do that night !

tetsu
23-12-2005, 06:19 AM
hello micheal and everyone else.. i feel kind of ashamed that this is my first post here though i have been lurking around this website for a while. however, i have decided to quit being a leech downloading all the good mixes and interesting knowledge out of the conversation that go on here.
anyway here is a couple of suggestions for places to;

grassroots in koenji puts on some interesting events as far as strange electronic music goes.. http://www.grassrootstribe.com/top.htm
shibuya module has some events on depending on the night you go to.
never been here myself but roppongi's super deluxe seems to have some intersting stuff going on too.
http://www.super-deluxe.com/

for art, have a look at this website;
www.tokyoartbeat.com
very useful bilingual website that has a wide range of art exhibit listed.

i have only been in this city for about 8 months but i have spent two thirds of my life here in japan (i used to live in osaka before this city) so if you need help with language etc give me a shout..

Eric
24-12-2005, 05:54 AM
grassroots is definitely a good suggestion. i used to go there 7-8 years ago when it was just a neighborhood reggae/hiphop club filled with *yankees* (more or less the equivalent of British *chavs* if I understand this concept right). that was fun but it was surprising to see that the club had moved on so far and in the interesting direction it has. many friends play out there a lot. you might check l?k?o who used to be (and I think still is) one of the more interesting djs around in tokyo ...

unit sounds good to though I ve never been there. i do go to the sister club in osaka pretty frequently. saw dj assault there a couple weeks ago, which was extremely boring unfortuantely and not at all worth the 1 hour cold ass bike ride.

Keith P
17-01-2006, 04:54 AM
grassroots is definitely a good suggestion. i used to go there 7-8 years ago when it was just a neighborhood reggae/hiphop club filled with *yankees* (more or less the equivalent of British *chavs* if I understand this concept right).

I'm a bit confused. Are you saying the club was full of Americans or was this a "japanese" term for lower class people?

minikomi
17-01-2006, 07:00 AM
i'll be in japan from march 4th! nagoya that is.. working holiday here i come :)
jsut got my ticket hahaha

Eric
17-01-2006, 07:05 AM
I'm a bit confused. Are you saying the club was full of Americans or was this a "japanese" term for lower class people?

no americans there at that time ... the term "yankee" refers in japan to a particular subculture that started (I think) in the early 80s (correct me if I'm wrong people). bleached hair etc. there were connections to the "boosoozoku" (kind of motorcycle gang) scene and lots of inhalants. these days they are still around: car fixups (lowrider, neon, etc), tracksuits, still bleached hair, heavy fake tans, etc. the music is usually reggae or shitty euro or bad jpns pop. anyway that was the scene at grassroots back in the late 90s.

michael
11-02-2006, 06:54 AM
Gotta love the Southern style chocolate here. ;)

http://www.nonwrestler.com/dump/02110001.jpg

minikomi
11-02-2006, 08:27 AM
so who's where in japan then?

Eric
12-02-2006, 07:58 AM
so who's where in japan then?

Osaka til mid-March me, then Tokyo (Ichigaya probably).

minikomi
12-02-2006, 08:26 AM
cool whatcha up to?
im just heading over on a working holiday visa to be with my girl and erm... muck around for a year haha

guess i need to work at some point as well. i'll be in nagoya !

polystyle desu
13-02-2006, 06:00 PM
Hi Minikomi
Are you going for Nagoya because your lady lives there or has work there ?
Not to ruffle any Nagoyan feathers on here , mind you
but just curious because Nagoya's not exactly the most happening spot - if you have any choice ...

borderpolice
13-02-2006, 06:25 PM
Hi Minikomi
Are you going for Nagoya because your lady lives there or has work there ?
Not to ruffle any Nagoyan feathers on here , mind you
but just curious because Nagoya's not exactly the most happening spot - if you have any choice ...

hey, i'm also gonna work in nagoya this march for a few weeks. i hope there's at least some things going on ...

polystyle desu
13-02-2006, 07:31 PM
Hi BP ,
Well, like any town , city of course there's stuff going on on many levels.
But unlike Osaka or Kyoto for example ,
dunno if there is any defining Nagoya 'sound(s)'/scenes - maybe the sound of a good Toyota they thow some weight throughout the area .
Aiichi Prefecture's Expo which ended last summer was their big to -do ,
pride in joy for it's Wooly Mammoth piece brought down for the gig from Siberia .

I DID see that Nagoya has one of the thickest girls & boy's host clubs collections,
complied into a tome big as a Yellow Pages and available at every 7-11 , convenience stores.

Host clubs , a thawed Wooly Mammoth , pachinko
and maybe Led Zep cover band Cinnamon if they still exist ...
all await you in Nagoya.
Plus the usual nice and friendly people who you may know there, places you may like that you find in your travels - also Nagoya's not so far from Tokyo or going the other way , Osaka for quick escapes.

borderpolice
13-02-2006, 07:42 PM
girls & boy's host clubs collections

Thanks, for the information. i will also work in osaka and tokyo, though
only briefly., but what is this host club thing?

polystyle desu
13-02-2006, 08:18 PM
Yea, I find Japan is amazing - frustrating and still sometimes wonderous - confusing ,
and no knock on Nagoya .
The speed and rush of Tokyo can be so exhausting it's nice/essential to get out of there before dying of overwork / overclocking

Host clubs : In host clubs women who are tired of dealing with their men , boyfriend , boss
go there to drink and party with young host club guys who really GET them and possibly also provide some feeling that something ... could ... happen .
The usual J Pop or Shibuya visual tropes - the overtanning guys , sporty , Astro Boy hair'dude,
moody pale Goth in black suit , they are all there .
These clubs are probably in every city /town of size by now , some have Japanese , some have Korean guys and that's been hot for the last while now.
I hear about this stuff from a friend of friend , a woman who does go to them .

Some Japanese household's attitude of 'let's leave all sex outside' results in both husband and wife
going to their own host /hostess clubs.
Slight murmurs of shock when it came out in the media awhile back that some really young girls were doing prostitution in order to support their young guy habit at the host club .

minikomi
14-02-2006, 07:00 AM
yeah my girl lives in hamamatsu and we;re planning to shack up eventually in nagoya... she doesnt want to live in osaka (doesnt like the people haha... typical chubu attitude!) and i have friends in gifu, so nagoya is a good compromise. i can still go to osaka on weekends, and its probably a more relaxed place to live anyway.

theres a good electronica scene in nagoya, with buddah bar, out records, some other clubs.. i know some djs in the area from when i was visiting in 2002 so it should be fine for me. also, it's a bit cheaper than osaka/tokyo....

really just a compromise on a lot of levels, but i like the way the city is set out and oosu has a nice vibe.

Eric
14-02-2006, 01:25 PM
Nagoya has a reasonable garage scene & also some breakcore stuff going on apparently too.

Minikomi---why Tokyo? Got a job! heh. Finally a decent one, makes it worth moving.

borderpolice
14-02-2006, 01:44 PM
Nagoya has a reasonable garage scene & also some breakcore stuff going on apparently too.

how does one go on about finding these places w/o speaking or reading japanese?

minikomi
14-02-2006, 01:50 PM
stay in touch chief and we'll see what happnes eh?

polystyle desu
14-02-2006, 03:25 PM
Sounds good Minikomi
Have never stayed in those areas ,
but have a real interest in staying / living in a nice place little bit out the way place in Japan.
Visited Kamakura /Shonan Beach last summer while touring with my group and that was quite nice.
Was thinking to use my Frequent Flier Miles and go in April before Golden Week,
but just decided to go instead in the fall .

Hey . have a great time over there ...

minikomi
15-02-2006, 12:47 AM
yeah, it's very different living out in the country. I spent a year at a japanese high school back in 2000 living in higashi maizuru (舞鶴 - dancing crane!).. basically a little port town on the japanese sea. very isolated. had a lot of dark moments but overall it was a very very good experience - not least because the lack of english speakers (2 or 3 in the whole town) meant that my language skills improved dramatically. some good memories include hiking around the forrest, planting rice by hand, swimming out to the "teatorapotto" (huge concrete tsunami breakers made of interlocking geometric shapes) in the sea and catching sea urchins by spear with some random yankee who was there, who subsequently cut them open, poured on soy sauce and ate them raw(!), learning the local taiko rythym and playing it at all the summer festivals, making o-mochi by hand, riding my bike by the huge glass smelting factory every day to get to school...

tetorapotto look like this before they're put together:

http://www.geocities.co.jp/NatureLand/6455/takadati01421006.jpg

the tetora = tetra i guess and potto = erm.. pot? heheh...

Eric
15-02-2006, 03:33 AM
how does one go on about finding these places w/o speaking or reading japanese?

follow minikomi I guess ... :)

seriously I don't think there are many good resources in English for non-huge events.

dsp13
15-02-2006, 09:03 AM
how does one go on about finding these places w/o speaking or reading japanese?


the best way to find out about what's going on is to turn off your computer & head to the places with all the record stores and grab flyers. . If yr in tokyo I'd start by going to shibuya (CISCO / DISK UNION / MANHATTAN / 3 DJS for a start), shimo kitazawa (DISK UNION / JETSET RECORDS / many more), shinjuku (DISK UNION & a million hidden specialty stores if you explore further away from the station... dancehall, punk, noise, industrial, britpop, psychadelia, blues etc)

This is without a doubt the best way to find out about upcoming events and has the added bonus of getting you 500-1000 yen discounts off the cover charge at most events (by showing the flyer at the door).

The flyers have enough english on them to let you know the basics... music style, club name , cover $ & djs/performers. Then you can search on the net for the clubs' websites (some of them have english maps) or print the japanese maps & ask for help on the street or at police stations. Police will help you find shit every time... clubs, stores whatever. just ask them "club name wa doko desu ka" and they'll often give you a map & circle the place yr looking for.

Again... if yr in tokyo go to the places I've mentioned and ask people where these stores are. Have fun!!

borderpolice
15-02-2006, 11:54 AM
Thanks DSP. I shall heed your advice!

Eric
16-02-2006, 03:11 AM
ah, good advice. sorry. I was thinking more of media sources and didnt consider the flyer thing. also at record stores you can often find little magazines/guides that can be useful. even if you don't read japanese it should be easy enough to find the club listings in there.

minikomi
08-03-2006, 01:14 AM
may as well post this here rather than start a new thread as i think most people it applies to will see it if i do,,,,,,


3月14日 @どcore in osaka (Ove naxx`s pup)


中国から:SULUMI
カナダから:C64
アメリカから:DEV/NULL
オーストラリアから:SOLI , MINIKOMI, HARDOFF
OSAKAから:KA4U, SHEX

+ MORE /// entry: 無料 /// 9pm - 5am

!!!! Get on down.

michael
08-03-2006, 03:41 AM
I'm playing a gig too, on the 23rd. I think I'm the only poster currently in Tokyo though? It's a laptop set of my own tunes as part of a downbeat night. I write downbeat instrumental stuff... have played gigs with Prefuse 73 (on the beats side), Monolake (on the dubby / tech-y side), a bunch of Aussie and NZ acts. If anyone is around and interested in more info, send me a message or email me via the web site in my profile.

michael
08-03-2006, 03:44 AM
Re: exploring by fliers, yep, seems to be the way to go. Last week I was in Nishi-Shinjuku (trying in vain to find that shop Los Apson, Eric!) and it was insane the variety of things going on.

Eric
08-03-2006, 01:35 PM
I wondered if that was you Minikomi! I might stop by. We're moving on the 16th to Tokyo and I am not sure if I will have any time though ....

After I get over there we should go to Los Apson? Michael! I almost went when we were there househunting but didn't, no time. Soon. I don't think I will be able to make your party though.