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Tokyo – Nightlife in Tokyo

However, I’ve found that most of the best places are not advertised in the foreigner media and are only discovered by word of mouth. Everytime I look at Metropolis I see a million ads for small dirty bars which while posessing their own small campus bar charm are not up to par for a city like Tokyo. When I first arrived and asked the Japanese where to go

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My Move from Tokyo to Saigon – 10.11.2004

Hello from Saigon! As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been MIA for the past two weeks due to a crossroads in my life. One one hand I was offered a position at a trading company in Tokyo and on the other, I’ve been invited to interview with a few companies here in Saigon. […]

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Tokyo – 英会話について。。

英会話について。。。 By tok_matthew September 16th, 2004 @ 12:29 PM Uncategorized Ah, the 英会話 (Eikaiwa = English Conversation School). Their bright neon signs decorate buildings from the major centers of Shinjyuku and Ikebukuro to the smallest countryside town. The ubiquitous English language school has served as the entry point into Japan for foreigners innumerable. Sometimes loved, sometimes detested […]

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Tokyo – Gaijin Complex

Gaijin Complex By tok_matthew September 15th, 2004 @ 12:10 PM Uncategorized When I first came to Japan I lived out in Saitama along the Tobu Tojo line somewhere between Shiki and Kawagoe. Out there in the “country” it’s often rare to see an unknown gaijin (since we all taught for Nova) and if you should happen to […]

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Tokyo – First Post in Tokyo Metblogs

By tok_matthew September 13th, 2004 @ 11:56 PM Uncategorized Hello Everyone. Is this the first post in the blog? Anyway, here in Mejiro we finally had our neighborhood festival and I thought I would share a picture which is below. Also, can anyone explain to me why so many otherwise sweet looking young Japanese girls are now […]