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Old 2010-04-12, 19:05   Link #801
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I went to Tokyo Game Show last year and it was awesome. You get to play unreleased games and there are hardly any fees after entrance. Lot's of cosplay too for some reason and a few idols.
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Old 2010-04-13, 09:00   Link #802
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Has anybody ever gone to a previous Tokyo Game Show (TGS) convention in the past? Thinking about possibly going to the one this year, I think it'd be a great opportunity to check out Japan for the first time as well . . .
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I went to Tokyo Game Show last year and it was awesome. You get to play unreleased games and there are hardly any fees after entrance. Lot's of cosplay too for some reason and a few idols.
So did I and I sincerely will write out a
'how to survive TGS'
cause, that's what it is, surviving.

Here's a quick snippet.
  • Forget playing any major games (last year it was FF13) cause there will be otakus sleeping overnight or those with fast pass tickets who snap up all the demo slots for the entire day within 20mins of the fair opening.
  • Get there about 2-3hrs before the 10am open time, cause you'll spend 1hr travelling the entire length of the building before being let in.
  • Bring a book or a DS or PSP and a damn good pair of shoes. (Also bring a mini chair if u have one) - You'll be spending up to 90mins queuing for a 10min demo session.
  • Did I mention the hourly queues?
  • Do be expected to be squashed to death especially around the Square Enix areas some time during the day, the crowd situation was just suicidal x.x;;;
- Personally, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd have liked to, simply cause SE really had bad organisation with the tickets they gave up or the information they supplied to queue in advance for people to get a chance to watch some demos or play FF13 and by the end of the day, my feet and body were sore from all the damn standing (it began in the morning), so wasn't a happy bunny.
Sony were the best with demo slots, they released a set amount every hour, so you got a chance to try all kinds of PSP games.
PS3 wise, you're looking at queues of up to an hour as usual.

It's basically a 2-bit theme park (as the queueing is just as bad) but the crowd control is worse and there are no thrilling rides, lol.

Cosplay wise, well I 'broke' ettiquette but there are queues for photo enthuiasts to take as many pics as they like of the cosplayer(s) of their choice. I just snapped pictures from the side and ran off xD

(I did say a snippet, huh)
I'll stop there.
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Old 2010-04-13, 12:01   Link #803
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^Yeah, I agree with Mystique. TGS is very crowded when it is open to the general public. You simply will not get to play very many games being demo'ed unless you wait and wait... and wait some more. For upcoming games with lots of hype already, chances are you won't even get to play one unless you are willing to spend half the day queuing in the line, and miss the rest of the booths.

AOU (another big trade show but geared toward the arcades) is the same way, but the wait is less than TGS; OTOH, it's still not that much less.
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Old 2010-04-13, 21:58   Link #804
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Cosplay wise, well I 'broke' ettiquette but there are queues for photo enthuiasts to take as many pics as they like of the cosplayer(s) of their choice. I just snapped pictures from the side and ran off xD

(I did say a snippet, huh)
I'll stop there.
Half of the excitement for me would be the girls in all of the skanky uniforms. Going to events like these is great because it's gives women an excuse (even if it's a poor one) to dress like a total ho and not face social backlash for it.
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Old 2010-04-13, 23:52   Link #805
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i also wanted to go to japan !!!! but i am a bit scared because i dont have any knowledge in speaking japanese .. i might feel stupid when somebody ask me.. and they might think that im stupid :P lols
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Old 2010-04-14, 05:50   Link #806
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Half of the excitement for me would be the girls in all of the skanky uniforms. Going to events like these is great because it's gives women an excuse (even if it's a poor one) to dress like a total ho and not face social backlash for it.
Or you could save the cost and just got to a club if you want skanky "hoes"
Cosplaying is an actual hobby and goes a little bit more serious than just 'showing flesh'.
For one, not all cosplay with skimpy outfits. Two, they are pretty decent of being in character as well as having a knack with make up and hair.
The major difference between UK and Japanese cosplayers that I've noticed is that Japanese lot tend to just buy their costumes, but UK will sew, stitch, glue and construct it by hand (and produce some amazing, amazing costumes)

A fair amount of work and love goes into them, so don't belittle it...
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Old 2010-04-14, 21:34   Link #807
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Or you could save the cost and just got to a club if you want skanky "hoes"
Cosplaying is an actual hobby and goes a little bit more serious than just 'showing flesh'.
For one, not all cosplay with skimpy outfits. Two, they are pretty decent of being in character as well as having a knack with make up and hair.
The major difference between UK and Japanese cosplayers that I've noticed is that Japanese lot tend to just buy their costumes, but UK will sew, stitch, glue and construct it by hand (and produce some amazing, amazing costumes)

A fair amount of work and love goes into them, so don't belittle it...
I was kidding. I know people put effort into cosplay. I'm just saying, it's great to see good looking women in some of these costumes that in my opinion look really revealing sometimes. Same thing goes for Halloween. I won't use the words "ho" or "skank" if you're offended. But let's also not pretend that there aren't females out there that don't use venues like a comic convention as an excuse to dress like a sexy superhero...just like some girls use Halloween as a reason to dress like a sexy nurse, french maid, teacher, etc.

And the club is different. People aren't dressed up in costumes of fictional characters.

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Old 2010-04-16, 03:01   Link #808
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The Tokyo girl? She must've taken a shine to you. Stupid question, but you have been using honorifics, right? I just hope this isn't a Morinth scenario *sweatdrop*
Actually, after the first few minutes we used informal speech. That's something that surprised me about being here and talking with Japanese people--most people (the honest ones at least, not the ones who build their wall between you and them and falsely throw around polite smiles and "hee"s) are pretty quick to jump from keigo to informal speech (I'm now wondering if it's cause I'm foreigner). I actually had trouble when talking with this girl since I was so used to using teineigo and it would sometimes come out of my mouth unwittingly, even though informal speech is undoubtedly more comfortable and easy to use.

After learning she's 27, though, I jokingly started calling her "senpai".

In other news, I'm now in Sapporo and I'm tired as hell. The frenzy of the trip has undoubtedly taken its toll on me--I was in Nikko yesterday, and because I forgot to set the alarm on I missed the first train, which meant adding 4 hours to the trip to Sapporo (to make it a 13-hour trip). I was out and about in the morning but I was so tired I had to come back to the hostel by 2 PM. The cold doesn't help, either.

I also have another 10-hour long trip tomorrow to Tokyo for my final night here (provided I don't miss the first train at 7 AM).
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Old 2010-04-16, 03:53   Link #809
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Cosplay wise, well I 'broke' ettiquette but there are queues for photo enthuiasts to take as many pics as they like of the cosplayer(s) of their choice. I just snapped pictures from the side and ran off xD
Is queuing for photos common to most major cosplay events in Japan? I'm curious since I figure if I ever get over there I'm probably going to want to attend at least one cosplay event, if only to see how much of what I see on Japanese cosplay blogs is real and how much is Photoshop.
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Old 2010-04-16, 05:42   Link #810
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Is queuing for photos common to most major cosplay events in Japan? I'm curious since I figure if I ever get over there I'm probably going to want to attend at least one cosplay event, if only to see how much of what I see on Japanese cosplay blogs is real and how much is Photoshop.
Probably, it's common to queue for anything in Japan, even waiting for trains.
"Land of order and ettiquette", after all...
It was my first time going to a major event that had cosplay in Japan, so I figure that it'd be the same everywhere
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Old 2010-04-16, 09:22   Link #811
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Actually, after the first few minutes we used informal speech. That's something that surprised me about being here and talking with Japanese people--most people (the honest ones at least, not the ones who build their wall between you and them and falsely throw around polite smiles and "hee"s) are pretty quick to jump from keigo to informal speech (I'm now wondering if it's cause I'm foreigner). I actually had trouble when talking with this girl since I was so used to using teineigo and it would sometimes come out of my mouth unwittingly, even though informal speech is undoubtedly more comfortable and easy to use.

After learning she's 27, though, I jokingly started calling her "senpai".

In other news, I'm now in Sapporo and I'm tired as hell. The frenzy of the trip has undoubtedly taken its toll on me--I was in Nikko yesterday, and because I forgot to set the alarm on I missed the first train, which meant adding 4 hours to the trip to Sapporo (to make it a 13-hour trip). I was out and about in the morning but I was so tired I had to come back to the hostel by 2 PM. The cold doesn't help, either.

I also have another 10-hour long trip tomorrow to Tokyo for my final night here (provided I don't miss the first train at 7 AM).
I see, that is mildly good to hear on your end then. Have you told her your last night is coming up?... What I'm implying? Nothing

Although this woman sounds rather nice if you can speak casual with her in private, though she might actually be doing it because your foreign. No matter, it's still good experience (some of us would kill for it.)

Make certain to set your clock then, don't forget the finale. It's going to be one hell of a day and you might as well have one hell of a good time. So enjoy yourself AMAP.
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Old 2010-04-18, 02:20   Link #812
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THANKS A LOT ICELAND NOW I'M STUCK IN TOKYO

(My flight goes through Germany--obviously it was canceled. Joy).

Oh and btw yesterday sucked and a series of unfortunate events (the goddamn SHINKANSEN getting delayed for 1h30m --how unlucky can I get?--, the hostel I stayed yesterday being in the buttass end of nowhere between Asakusa and Ueno, and of course finding out my flight got canceled as soon as I arrived to the hostel) led me to not be able to meet the girl at night. I did get to meet her this morning since I'm stuck here till I get a new flight (oh and what kind of airline closes their doors on Sundays? Fuck you Lufthansa), but another unfortunate event (her getting a call from work on a freaking Sunday) meant we had little chance to do anything. She goes to Taiwan on a work-related trip tomorrow, too.

So yeah, yesterday and today have been sucky. And I am not looking forward to being stuck here in Japan for a week.
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Old 2010-04-18, 05:48   Link #813
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THANKS A LOT ICELAND NOW I'M STUCK IN TOKYO

(My flight goes through Germany--obviously it was canceled. Joy).

Oh and btw yesterday sucked and a series of unfortunate events (the goddamn SHINKANSEN getting delayed for 1h30m --how unlucky can I get?--, the hostel I stayed yesterday being in the buttass end of nowhere between Asakusa and Ueno, and of course finding out my flight got canceled as soon as I arrived to the hostel) led me to not be able to meet the girl at night. I did get to meet her this morning since I'm stuck here till I get a new flight (oh and what kind of airline closes their doors on Sundays? Fuck you Lufthansa), but another unfortunate event (her getting a call from work on a freaking Sunday) meant we had little chance to do anything. She goes to Taiwan on a work-related trip tomorrow, too.

So yeah, yesterday and today have been sucky. And I am not looking forward to being stuck here in Japan for a week.
That's really unfortunate, but I'm wondering why you're flying through Germany. My assumption here is that you were going from Argentina, so it seems to me like the long way round to me...
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Old 2010-04-18, 07:51   Link #814
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Since it's exactly on the opposite side of the world, it doesn't really matter where you fly through (there are no direct flights). Whether I passed through the US or through Europe, the flight time was more or less the same (around 30 hours), and the prices were similar. The only difference was that I had to pay for the US visa, which I can't be arsed to do.
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Old 2010-04-18, 08:01   Link #815
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Oh I see, I thought that there would have been a direct flight. Somehow I still thought it'd be closer flying through the US (I guess it's time for me to refresh high school geography knowledge by looking at a map).
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Old 2010-04-18, 13:47   Link #816
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Alright - As it's looking right now, I'm gonna be in Tokyo from September 13-20 later on this year (I'm gonna check out the Tokyo Game show in the weekend of 18-19th as well). I'm doing a 9 day tour (Starting in Osaka) prior to that, and it's gonna be my first time in Japan too (first major travel experience, really - and I'm also going by myself).

My itinerary looks like this so far:

Osaka - September 5 - 6
Koyasan - September 7
Hiroshima - September 8-9
Kyoto - September 10-11
Hakone - September 12
Tokyo - September 13-20

If anybody is gonna be around the area around that time (especially Tokyo), let me know! Any tips would be greatly appreciated as well
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Old 2010-04-18, 18:26   Link #817
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Man that volcano really did screw everybody over. Apart from the recent turmoil it sounded like you had a pretty enjoyable experience in Japan.

It looks like I'm just never going to be able to afford a trip to Japan until I'm maybe 30, and by that time I doubt I'd even want to go anymore. Unless I work some magic which has happened before but at this point, ugh.
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Old 2010-04-18, 18:39   Link #818
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Osaka - September 5 - 6
You know, there are not really that many things to do in Osaka other than seeing the castle IMO. I would just make it 1 night and focus on someplace else.

I had a hell of a time there but only by random chance.
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Old 2010-04-18, 22:58   Link #819
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Man that volcano really did screw everybody over. Apart from the recent turmoil it sounded like you had a pretty enjoyable experience in Japan.

It looks like I'm just never going to be able to afford a trip to Japan until I'm maybe 30, and by that time I doubt I'd even want to go anymore. Unless I work some magic which has happened before but at this point, ugh.
You can't save up any money? There are cheap ways to get to Japan. Probably requires a lot of research, but there are ways.
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Old 2010-04-19, 01:31   Link #820
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Well if I was able to go with my absurdly low salary compared to first world countries I guess anyone can. The whole cost of my trip was 4000 USD, and that's including the ridiculous 2000 USD plane tickets, and the 500 USD 14-day JR pass. Food is really cheap in Japan and you can get accommodation in hostels for 15 days for about 300 USD.

Of course, don't expect to do all of the touristy things, or fill bags and bags of shit in Akihabara (however, I spent about 8000 yen in manga and related stuff and I still had a nice amount of cash by the end of my trip--too bad that cash is running low now that I'm stuck waiting for a flight back, lol), or go to the most expensive restaurants, or enter every single temple in Kyoto. But you can still do a lot of stuff--and thankfully, all the stuff that costs a lot of money for the most part I'm not really interested in.
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