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My friend from NY came to visit me, it’s her first time in Japan, in Tokyo. She is very curious about Japanese culture, Japanese food, touristic sights and Japanese life so I took her around to show her all the fascinating things in Tokyo.

I started the day in 10am Shibuya and we went around everywhere until 12am in Roppongi. To be specific, this was the Tokyo tour course that I came up with. (And I think it was a damn good course I came up with! There were so much that I hadn’t seen myself)

  • 10:00 Shibuya crossing and a picture with Hachiko
    Shibuya: A shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. The best place to get oriented is the Hachiko exit, which opens onto the five-way “scramble crossing” under the giant video screen.(seen in Fast and Furious Tokyo)
  • 10:30  Train ride to Kichijoji and a walk around Kichijoji
    Kichijoji: A western suburb of Tokyo which once enjoyed a reputation as an artists’ colony, and today it is filled with stores from little boutiques to the big department stores.
  • 11:00 Walk through the famous Harmonica Yokocho (Harmonica street) in Kichijoji
    Harmonica Yokocho:  narrow alleys of small shops, boutiques, bars and yakitori restaurants in Harmonica Yokochō, on the north side of the station
  • 11:30 Brunch in Japanese cafe in Kichijoji
  • 12:30 Walk in Inogashira park in Kichijoji
    Inokashira park

    Inokashira park

    Inogashira park: The highlight of Kichojoji, a large park with long walking paths surrounding a lake. The park is filled with both cherry trees and maples, making it an excellent choice for both flower viewing

  • 14:00 Walk in Koenji Shotengai (shoping street)
    Koenji: Since Koenji was largely unaffected by the 1980s building boom, many of the houses and shops in the area are small and reflect the character of pre-boom Japan, the “good old times.” The Japanese style arcade-commercial street is worths a walk
  • 16:00 Back to Tokyo metropolitan areas, Shinjuku
    Shinjuku: A major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest train station in the world and various shopping malls and department stores
  • 18:00 Dinner in Omoide Yokocho (Alley of  nostalgia), Shinjuku
    Omoide Yokocho: a small alley is full of  yakitori bars serving beer, sake and chicken. Great atmosphere and food
  • 19:00 Drink in Golden street, Shinjuku
    Golden street: A small alley with many many many bars with bartenders with strong characters. Walking from Kabuki-cho to the east, you will find Shinjuku Golden Street, a place where the atmosphere of the “good old days” is retained.
  • 20:00 Strall around Shinjuku Kabukicho
    Kabukicho: an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Kabukichō is the location of many hostess bars, host bars, love hotels, sex toy and porn shops,  and nightclubs, and is often called the “Sleepless Town”img_0920
  • 21:00 – 23:00 Night out in Roppongi
    Roppongi: a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, famous as home to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active night club scene. Many foreign embassies are located in Roppongi, and the night life is known to be popular with many Westners and “forigner-loving friendly Japanese (female)”
  • 23:00 – 25:00 Club Alife in Nishiazabu (a peek in Tokyo Meet Market)
    Club Alife: Alife is a famous club for friendly mingling for young Tokyoites. From what I’ve heard and seen, it is one of few places where Japanese men do chat up Japanese women

There you have it, if you have the energy to be out for 15 hrs in Tokyo, you should definitely try this tour plan once. It’s a fast and efficient way to see everything about Tokyo, from suburb to urban, from old to new, from East and west, and young to old. And of course, I did take her to Club Alife so she can take a look inside Tokyo Meet Market.

I also told her much about what I’ve seen and heard about Tokyo Meet Market. And though she was fascinated by the detailed rules and conventions that are practiced in the TMM, she wasn’t a bit surprised by the concept of Tokyo Meet Market and the hunt for marriage (konkatsu) because the underlying facts, that it is becoming harder and harder to find the right partner, and that women now need to be aggressive about marriage is the same, whether it’s Tokyo or New York.

So what are the similarities and differences between Tokyo Meet Market (TMM) and New York Meet Market (NYMM)

  1. Women are becoming agressive hunters, as in Nikushoku-kei (meat-eating girls)
    More and more women are agressive to find a partner and to get married,  as well as being sexually agressive. The difference between TMM and NYMM is the degree of agressiveness. Women in TMM are agressive but to lesser degree than women in NYMM.
  2. It is becoming difficult to meet the right partner
    The difference here is that in NYMM, there are so many choices, so many people, so much interactions that it is hard to identify the right partner… while in TMM there are many people but so few interactions and so few opportunities to get to know one anohter, it is difficult to find the right partner from such  few choices.
  3. Even if you meet the right partner, it is difficult to develop a good relationship
    The difference here is the reason for this difficulty. In NYMM people are very open, so open that the relationship evolve very fast into sexual relationship, even on the night the couple meet… which often makes the them “friends with benefits,” or in another word, f**k buddies. While in TMM, people are so shy and closed, it takes a looooooong time for the couple to open up, become initimate, and develop the relationship… which eventually reduces the initial excitement and attraction and they just remain friends… for ever

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What is Tokyo Meet Market?

From the Western perspective, what goes on in the Japanese dating scene is really different and interesting! In this shy nation of Japan, meeting new people is almost institutionalized, dating and romance is littered with conventions that protect people from social awkwardness. What are dating conventions and rules in Japan? How do the shy Japanese people meet new people, develop affection, and express their passion? As I research and answer these question, I will write a real time report of what's going on in the Tokyo dating scene, or the "Tokyo Meet Market" here in this blog. I hope you enjoy my blog and a trip around Tokyo Meet Market with me!

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