4 07 2008

ok, this is just a post to show you were I live. I imagined it much smaller, but as it turned out it has 3bedrooms, 2toilets, a big bathroom, a kitchen ample enough for you to dance le [madison] while you wash the dishes – just as jen did tonight, though actually it was me washing; a good living-room (me’s bedroom) and a tiny terrace that stands for smoking spot. 

at the inhabitants request I didn’t take any photos of the bedrooms to avoid scaring you. :) the @ics have comments that will display when opening them on another window.


[ホストクラブの初めて – first time at hostclub]

4 07 2008

I think I already mentioned that my two roommates are sort of crazy, ね?well, the proof is they took me to a ホストクラブ (hostclub: place where hot-looking male or female hosts drink with you and give you conversation. you pay per hours and sometimes they will show you pictures of the boys or girls at the entrance so you can choose. most of them are 飲み放題 ”all you can drink” places. prices vary from 2000¥to 7000¥ for two hours.) 新宿 (しんじゅく) is full of them; specially kabukichou area.

apparently ホストクラブ are owned by yakuza, so naturally the boys that work in them are yakuza too – low grade ones, though. this I only learned after, when I had already told one of them “oh, so you have a tattoo? in japan isn’t that exclusively for yakuza?”. I suspect jenny was privately laughing her head off because she knew and didn’t tell me! tonight at dinner:

jen: “that guy must have been 25 ’cause he said he had a tiger and a dragon tattooed on his back. also, it proves two of the major yakuza clans (虎 and 竜)are now one. I heard the three families became one last month…” (she heard from a taiwanese guy of the taiwanese mafia)

me: “…”

korin: “yeahh… you’re really updated in your yakuza news.”

so that’s how it is basically.

the truth is we came close to giving up on ホストクラブ that night because the one we wanted to go to – cheap, nice and with funny guys – was closed. then the next was full, the following two where closed, another hadn’t open to the public yet and the last one didn’t exist. I thought it was a clear sign that it was not ホストクラブ night, but they wouldn’t listen to me, so we tried a last time and half succeeded. just for the record, in japan you’ve got to be over 20 to be legally able to drink alcohol and Area – hongkong girl from the other night – wasn’t still. so they told us she couldn’t have お酒 and we neither because we came together, which is excessive in my opinion. korin convinced them to make two groups: soft-drinking group and お酒drinking group. but when we went to sit together they said that was not possible. we tried separating the tables a few centimeters, they said two groups meant that we had to sit meters away. here korin got really angry and they finally allowed the 5cm distance. see why I said so many problems were a sign?

the first on the left was シニャ – whose real name wasn’t even close to that because they all use fake names and whose age wasn’t 20 because they always lie about that stuff. also, he was the one with the tattoos. ユラ is next, then キョウヤ, ダイゴ and セツナ. 

they were fun after all. they taught us naughty words – or the equivalent to “naughty words” in japanese, which is like elementary school kids’ babble: “真っ暗して”って言った。 literaly it means “make it pitch black” – まっくらして. we imagined that we were saying something that had sexual connotations because they laughed a lot when we said it, but we sort of thought it’d be filthier than it turnes out to be. we were so disappointed when we searched it in the dictionary. I mean, how the hell could “let’s make it pitch black” compete with “let’s fuck up a storm” or “vamos a echar un polvo”, “vamos a follar”?! WTF, it even sounds romantic! why were they so excited?

after that we counterattacked. jen taught them “je suis pede” – sorry for the lack of accents, there are none in this keyboard. they repeated it so enthusiastically to one-another that we laughed our heads off. I was kind enough to tell them “pede” meant gay (おかま), but only after I had contented myself with their ridiculous display.

I’m leaving more photos here. I borrowed them from korin, so take a look at her [picasa albums] to see the rest if you want.



3 07 2008

hi there!

I’m continuing yesterday’s post.

the day of my arrival, my two crazy roommates kidnapped me and took me to a night-club called [PBP] – that stands for “pink big pig” (you’ll see what I mean by clicking on the link). it’s the sort of place where you can eat and drink as much as you want while you listen to live music performances – the difference is that you do it under the nose of a “pink big revolving pig” . apparently some japanese friends of my roommates were playing that night.

their names are takurou and youhei, you can see them here:

I’ve tried to upload a better one, but for some reason it doesn’t work…

area and joyce, two girls form hongkong where there too. we took pictures with the boys – or I should say I took pictures of korin jumping on takuro… the poor thing was so embarrassed at first, but korin didn’t give a fuck, she kept kissing him on the cheek and asking the rest of us to take a photo. yohei is not so japanese though, he actually enjoys receiving attention from girls. they both sang horribly in my opinion, but don’t tell jen or korin, cause they’ll probably kill me…

here’s a song from youhei [kuruoshiku]

and from takurou [うたた寝ふれーばー] I don’t know how to pronounce that kanji, so I just wrote it in japanese, sorry :9

I chose both songs based on korin and jen’s criteria because I haven’t had time to listen to the whole CD yet, so I don’t really know if they’re the best ones…

after the songs a guy that did magic tricks came to our table – he sort of reminded me of yuho… but he was really good at magic – unlike yuho. he did some amazing things and ended up making balloon animals at korin’s request – yes, she never gives up. I don’t have a picture of the cute kuma-chan that he did for jen, or korin’s fake french poodle – which was suppossed  to be a lion – but there’s a picture of the pretty poor attempt at a totoro:

yes, that white-blue thingy is supposed to be a [totoro]– for those who don’t know how a real totoro looks like, click on the previous link. actually, I felt sorry for the guy when joyce requested a totoro… but japanese people don’t really know how to refuse, do they?

something that really surprised me from this place is that male waiters kneeled before you when coming to your table O.O I was thinking “yo, what are you doing on the floor man?”, but it seems in these type of places it’s normal. also, the bathrooms had a dressing room where you could change your make-up – I mean, for goodness’ sake, it even had cotton swabs and a hair drier!!!

oh! and toilets are like pieces of engineering. they are harder to understand than quantic physics and have more buttons than this keyboard… and when you sit on them it warms up your bum. I find it disturbing, as if the toilet was cleverer than me… -.-u

other pics of the night. the japanese guy being kissed by two crazy chicks is takurou. on the last pic, from left to right: me, jen, joyce, area and korin.