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Ewok85

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In a weird twist of fate, it appears I have practically no foreign friends in Tokyo! :(
Between having gone to a Japanese High school and working in a Japanese office all of the people I interact with are Japanese, and we can't be having that! What kind of gaijin would I be if I didn't spend at least a few hours each week imbiding in the local specials and complaining about some aspect of the culture?
So I'm looking for interested people in Tokyo (for the record I live in southern Saitama) who wouldn't mind getting together for a JREF members meet. If it goes well it could make it a monthly thing ;)
The second part is suggestions for places to meet. I was thinking we could break it down into 3 different things
- places to simply meet and talk. Quiet pubs and cafes etc.
- places to meet and have a meal. Restaurants, izakaya, pubs, etc.
- places to go wild and party till the sun comes up. Pubs, clubs, etc.
If you think it sounds like a good idea, if you have a suggestion or just want to say your interested, drop in a note. I'll list whos interested along with suggestions for venues in this message. Also when would be best (I'm thinking Saturday arvo/night). I'm thinking a tentative first meet on the 1st of March, so get posting and let me know!
 

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Sounds like a good idea. We have been planning such a meeting for ages. I assume you mean some time after April 1st. I'm on board!

As for a possible venue: my suggestion.
 

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Ewok85 said:
In a weird twist of fate, it appears I have practically no foreign friends in Tokyo! :(

So what? I have no foreign friends where I live either.

Between having gone to a Japanese High school and working in a Japanese office all of the people I interact with are Japanese, and we can't be having that! What kind of gaijin would I be if I didn't spend at least a few hours each week imbiding in the local specials and complaining about some aspect of the culture?

Well-adjusted?
 

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Hah, you could maybe put it like that...

I'm just thinking I might diversify a bit. I had a few Japanese friends back home who go together and we went out. Can do the same here... just the opposite ;)

Nice Thomas! I'll update it tomorrow/Friday when the brain starts up again....
 

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Mike Cash said:
So what? I have no foreign friends where I live either.
Well-adjusted?

Stop grumbling, Mike and grant us the honour of joining our gathering.

< no cute smilie inserted as a favour to Mr. Cash >
 

Mike Cash

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I doubt that it will be possible for me to make it. And I would dearly love to. Honestly, I would.

<Mr. Cash doesn't see the smilies, thanks to Adblock, so insert as many as you like and give not a thought to my gittish ways>
 

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I'm jealous.

I think I'll fly over just for that.

We need to have one in the U.S.
 

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I'm guessing by the first post that you are leaning more towards having this at a pub...since you listed that option three seperate times!

Wish I could go, but it is a little far to travel, and I don't think the wife would buy the excuse that I have to go because "all of the JREF regulars will be there!"
 

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CC1 said:
I'm guessing by the first post that you are leaning more towards having this at a pub...since you listed that option three seperate times!
Wish I could go, but it is a little far to travel, and I don't think the wife would buy the excuse that I have to go because "all of the JREF regulars will be there!"
*Looks at flag...* Could be a genetic thing... I've been to towns in the outback that are nothing more than a pub, and whenever I went camping with my parents more often than not the only place to eat is the local, and the next closest place would be yet another pub (albeit 40mins away). 😌
Maybe the wife would like to do some shopping, and oh, I hear that someone I know might be in Tokyo, oh fancy that, theres more than one person here! What an odd coincidence..... 👍
Mike Cash said:
I doubt that it will be possible for me to make it. And I would dearly love to. Honestly, I would.
Anytime better than others? You've got a widespread influence around the internet, I wouldn't mind just meeting you in real life to say hi 🙂
<Mr. Cash doesn't see the smilies, thanks to Adblock, so insert as many as you like and give not a thought to my gittish ways>
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 ;)
 

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thomas said:
Sounds like a good idea. We have been planning such a meeting for ages. I assume you mean some time after April 1st. I'm on board!
As for a possible venue: my suggestion.

I'll be in Tokyo the week of April 23rd, I'd be happy to join in also.
 

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Sounds like a great idea.

I'll also be in Japan (Kanagawa-Ken) from April 17th - 27th. I'd be more than happy to attend a gathering if one can be arranged during that time.

It would be great to meet some of the faces behind the posts.
 

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interested in meeting new people

Ewok85 said:
In a weird twist of fate, it appears I have practically no foreign friends in Tokyo! :(
Between having gone to a Japanese High school and working in a Japanese office all of the people I interact with are Japanese, and we can't be having that! What kind of gaijin would I be if I didn't spend at least a few hours each week imbiding in the local specials and complaining about some aspect of the culture?
So I'm looking for interested people in Tokyo (for the record I live in southern Saitama) who wouldn't mind getting together for a JREF members meet. If it goes well it could make it a monthly thing ;)
The second part is suggestions for places to meet. I was thinking we could break it down into 3 different things
- places to simply meet and talk. Quiet pubs and cafes etc.
- places to meet and have a meal. Restaurants, izakaya, pubs, etc.
- places to go wild and party till the sun comes up. Pubs, clubs, etc.
If you think it sounds like a good idea, if you have a suggestion or just want to say your interested, drop in a note. I'll list whos interested along with suggestions for venues in this message. Also when would be best (I'm thinking Saturday arvo/night). I'm thinking a tentative first meet on the 1st of March, so get posting and let me know!
I will be coming to Japan next week. Staying in Kawasaki with a friend. Would like to meet some people. Also looking for part time jobs for English>teach/tutor/conversation. Please let me know when you will have a get together. I am from San Diego, CA. Male-43 yrs. [email protected]
Thanks much-------Troy
 

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I wont be able to go back to japan for quite sometime using most of my vacation for this trip to fukuoka.
 

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I saw an English pub in tokyo in one of the many driving expiditions in the urban amazon, wish i had time to check it out, i could show my g/f's dad some real beer.

Wish i could come guys. ☝
 

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I wonder if he still wants to meet people from Tokyo... Im off tomorrow (Sunday) and have nothign to do but waste my time in Harajuku/Shibuya.
 

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Ewok85 said:
Anytime better than others?

Sometime when I have money. Can't imagine when that might be, though.


You've got a widespread influence around the internet

"Fools' names and fools' faces, etc etc etc"

I wouldn't mind just meeting you in real life to say hi 🙂

Very kind of you to say so. The feeling is mutual. I must confess that I am quite a disappointment in real life.
 

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Ewok85 said:
http://spongecell.com/jref

New! Put in your availability! (For those who have provided it, I've done it already as a guide).


Cool calendar. My schedule for Japan is as follows:

Arrive in Narita April 23 around 3:00 PM.
I'll be in Sendai April 24-25, return to Tokyo April 26.

So basically, I'm open April 26 (afternoon/evening) through April 28. I have plans in Tokyo April 29.
 

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nurizeko said:
i could show my g/f's dad some real beer.

Off topic, but I found some local (Australian) beer in my local (Japanese) supermarket, quite a surprise! I'm thinking about asking them to stock my favourite instead, I'd be more than happy to buy it in bulk on a regular basis... 👍

Mike Cash said:
Very kind of you to say so. The feeling is mutual. I must confess that I am quite a disappointment in real life.

Can't say I'm any more exciting in real life either :p
 

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Hi all!
i'm interested to join the gathering~
quiet pubs, izakaya, clubs, anywhere is fine with me =)
so the gathering will still be held around late April?
 

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Thats looks to be the best. Probably around the last weekend in April right now.
 

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Well is the meet still on? Time is winding down and I would like to set aside a date if that can be arranged.
 

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Pachipro said:
Well is the meet still on? Time is winding down and I would like to set aside a date if that can be arranged.

Ditto! Looks like Thursday, 4/27 or Friday, 4/28 is the best for me. The only thing going so far on those days that I have a lunch meeting on Friday. Wednesday, 4/26 may be okay in the evening (depends upon what time I get back into Tokyo from Sendai and get my hotel check-in done).
 
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