Japan Thread: The population really is declining for SRK Japan

This year we start off with the anti-secrecy act in play and we can be jailed if we reveal any “secret” information… be very very quite… dey is listening…

My friend “DoubleD” is running a gaming group on Meetup.com, details below! Also 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.)

Need help locating arcades? Ge-Sen.com: http://www.ge-sen.com/
Just input the name of the arcade (very specific search!!!) and the list will pop up! This site is Google Translate friendly(ish) so try it out!

I have been organizing ThrowBack Tokyo events with my boy DD for quite some time now. Cool people and we always go low budget. Basically drinking, gaming and more drinking! We got gamer girls there too that need some female friends! So girls are welcome!
ThrowBack Tokyo on Meetup:

ThrowBack Tokyo FaceBook Page:

ThrowBack Tokyo Google Community: (dont really use that much…)

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

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…

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!

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
Spikingt= Spiiiking
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

Hello hello, so I’ll be in Kyoto until the middle of March and I’m trying to figure out where A-cho is. I know it’s in Kyoto somewhere. I’m currently in the Yamasina ward. If I can just figure out which trainline to take and get off at (general area), I figure I can wing it from there. Do you have any info on that or know someone who does? I tried looking on their website but couldn’t find anything. If you can help at all I would appreciate it

I found this but can’t make heads or tails of it. http://www.a-cho.com/acho/access.html

edit: Answered my own question, was able to activate my sharingan using this - http://www.hiragana.jp/

I don’t plan on being there much, but I may go once or twice. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be this close to A-cho and not go.

Japanese and maps… could not be any more difficult. Just goes completely against logic and the direction of north…

Use this site for now on: http://www.ge-sen.com/
a-cho: http://www.ge-sen.com/am/3225/
Directions are still pretty shitty, but thanks to Google Maps to walk on the street… i found it!


If anyone is down to go to takadanobaba and game let me know!

We will hit up HUB for some drinks and then off to Mikado and some other random arcades out there. It would be sweet if you RSVP, but if you just want to show up… its all good.

We will be going to Mikado tomorrow to play some games. We drink a lot too and make the night fun.
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ThrowBackTokyo
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/ThrowBack/
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/708714802512254/?ref=5&source=1
Meetup Event: http://www.meetup.com/ThrowBack/events/167812552/

I also posted this on Dustloop:

Man, sorry bro. I haven’t been on SRK in ages. All of my SRK buds moved over to facebook, so I haven’t really checked this thread since I’ve been here. I was just at A-cho yesterday. I live in Kyoto prefecture, but I’m pretty far from Kyoto city, so I don’t get to go all the time, but whenever I’m in town (had to get my driver’s license yesterday) I stop in on A-cho. Well, this is pretty much useless to you at this point, but just sorry, and yeah, I live in Japan too I guess. Actually moving to maybe Okayama at the end of the month though…

I guess I still probably won’t check here all the time. Twitter me at doragonkoroshi I guess if you want to talk?

anyone know if theres a scene in iwate close to morioka?

Hey everyone, we are meeting up at Mikado tonight for some 3s and GGXRD. We will also go down the street to play some TTT2.

Hello. I’ll be moving to Japan in about 6 months, and was wondering if anyone will be near Misawa AB. I’m looking for anywhere I can play AE and some people willing to teach me BB:CP. I play on XBL and PSN @ sakabato24. Hope to see and make new friends.


I had a couple of friends at Misawa that just got shipped out a few months back… not coming back anytime soon, but I will ask around the bases to see who games out there.

When you get on shore let me know and I will have some friends show you the ropes out there… if they are still there.

Man, I keep forgetting to check the forums here. I’ve been here at Yokota for a few months now, so I think I’m in the swing of things now. What’s going on? And are you guys down for meetups?

Sure thing man. Just let me know when you are in the city. I am at the arcades once or twice a week.

Weekends are a no go for me though… I got my kids on weekends. But Friday nights are the usual time for me.

Hey man, Misawa is hella far from the city, been out there a few times, really nice base. I will add you on PSN later tonight, or you can just add me first ;p

Yeah, I keep seeing the meetups, but I’ve been having weird hours at work that have been preventing me from going. I did take a trip to Taka to check out both the Big Box Taito Station and Mikado. Both of those places are actually pretty great!

Mikado is my hangout spot, so you should see me there on weekdays!

That’s where I used to live around 6 years ago. The arcade there closed down shortly after I moved away… Coincidence? Who knows if there is any kind of scene there now.

I haven’t checked this forum in a long time. Some of you might remember me… Maybe. I’m still in the Nagoya area myself. Next time I drop by Tokyo I’ll check out your events there IParryu.

I remember you! We got on 3s on PSN a few times. I haven’t been playing any SF for quite some time… been playing League of Legends more than anything.

But ya, when you do come out here, we have to hit up a few arcades.

Anyone get on that Ultra yet?

Haha, I only play off and on, but wanted to play more recently cuz of Ultra. We have a lot of places with Ultra here actually. I play LOL as well, along with other stuff like Wow and Hearthstone recently.