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Title: Japan
Post by: Sila on January 18, 2020, 01:42:15 AM
Looking at heading to Japan soon on a solo mission.

What is skate culture like there? How is security/the public when it comes to skating street?

Mainly thinking of going to Tokyo and Osaka.
Will be prioritising wandering around and taking photos so i'm not too concerned with nightlife on this trip.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on January 18, 2020, 02:16:34 AM
From my experience: spots everywhere, all impossible to skate because every building has a crew of security guards that will come kick you out, most of the time before you can even get on your board anywhere near the plaza they're assigned to. You get longer windows of time at night (and those are usually very short too). They won't give a shit if you skate outside the area they are supposed to guard, though; also the consensus in basic law enforcement in Japan seems to be that if you do something wrong, then it's obviously because you don't know it's wrong so it's their duty to come and warn you regardless of how much you realistically should have known - they give you the benefit of the doubt, do not try to argue and always just comply because the way administration and whatnot is handled over there seems like a living nightmare to get caught in; also a lot of the security guards have radios and will warn more cops in the neighborhood if you try to skate off or talk back, basically you'll just bring more bullshit upon you. The actual cops might try to block you if they see you ride down a street or something because street skating just isn't something one is supposed to do there and is considered hazardous for the most part, some care more than others.

General public will most often not have a clue of what the fuck it is you're doing outside of a skatepark, and see you as potentially dangerous but trust your control. If your board shoots out or someone suddenly gets in your way, they just won't know how to react as well as in occidental countries, so they will fully take the hit and you will be the asshole of the story.

If in Tokyo, check out Fat Bros to meet people and get directions, and Morita's FESN Laboratory, both skateshops in Nakano.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 18, 2020, 04:41:45 AM
Japan will be very hard to skate if you donít know the city or dont meet up with some locals. Skating on streets is de facto banned, normal people donít care but a cop will tell you to stop if they see you but are generally very nice. Skate culture is generally very friendly and chill and seems to be comprised mostly of people in their mid to late 20s.  Tons of spots because the cities are dense, but also very crowded and extremely narrow. Another thing I find is kind of annoying is that 90% of the ledges/wide areas/natural tranny have some degree of sectioning and grouting usually on the deeper side and it makes so many potentially perfect spots shittier but thatís street skating I guess.   I would not recommend skating around as transport here if you donít know the roads simply for your own safety,  traffic norms and streets here are very different and if you arenít used to it you gotta be on your toes even when walking. Best time to skate is late at night in areas that are more retail/commercial/shopfronts than residential and are kind of far away from train stations( less cops patrolling), and on fairly large streets( wide smooth sidewalks with rails and ledges as opposed to no sidewalk on a narrow street with occasional rough curbs) . As we all know skateboarding is loud as fuck and due to the density you can disturb a several dozen households at a time by skating in residential areas so donít be that asshole.

Highsox skate shop in Ikebukuro is in my experience more friendly and welcoming than fat broís or fesn, have a larger selection, and is on the yamanote line so itís easier to get to from virtually anywhere in Tokyo unless you are staying someplace near Nakano or has a train station on the chuo line. The guys at high Soxís always take time to say whatís up and ask what spots Iíve been hitting lately etc were as the one older dude at fatbros usually mostly ignores everyone except the one or two buddies he usually has hanging out at the shop. That is just my experience though and judging by social media fat broís seems to interact more with foreigners, Iím half but look/act/dress prettyJapanese and speak it so my experience may be different.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on January 18, 2020, 05:09:47 AM
Oh I've been to High Sox too, just couldn't remember the name. Also a cool place indeed, seemed more popular amongst skatepark skaters too, funnily enough. It's more central so I guess the demographic is different, which explains the variation in vibes. I know Hagi-san was nice to me every time. As far as the Laboratory, it's good for curiosities and specific product.

Speaking of skateparks, Yokosuka's Umikaze is worth a visit and there you'll also find Ours Skateshop close by: https://www.instagram.com/oursskateco/
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 18, 2020, 05:29:38 AM
Oh I've been to High Sox too, just couldn't remember the name. Also a cool place indeed, seemed more popular amongst skatepark skaters too, funnily enough. It's more central so I guess the demographic is different, which explains the variation in vibes. I know Hagi-san was nice to me every time. As far as the Laboratory, it's good for curiosities and specific product.

Speaking of skateparks, Yokosuka's Umikaze is worth a visit and there you'll also find Ours Skateshop close by: https://www.instagram.com/oursskateco/

Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Sila on January 18, 2020, 07:01:18 AM
Hey guys. Thanks for the thorough replys. Really appreciate it. I actually was intending to cruise around for transport, so it's good to know I should be more mindful of it.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on January 18, 2020, 09:20:13 AM
Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.

No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 18, 2020, 07:20:02 PM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.

Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on January 22, 2020, 09:05:01 PM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
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Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
Check out Komazawa. Basic but the locals are cool.
For pay indoor parks the Nike Dojo is tight.

Where are you located?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on January 24, 2020, 08:42:03 AM
I regularly skate Kugenuma park near Enoshima but I'm in the Shonan area so its quick for me to get to. park is an old community pool converted into skatepark so its meh but huge plus is its right on the beach and overlooks enoshima so can't beat it on a sunny day
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: satan on January 24, 2020, 07:55:34 PM
Saw this on tv and was stoked on their crew, looks like a fun scene.
And seriously, what with the old dude that does the bertleman limbo under a handrail. How old is that guy?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2eHIE-N2BaE
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on January 24, 2020, 11:39:36 PM
Skating after hours around the cities can be mad fun tho!
I live in rural Japan and only skate my local DIY these days but as others have mentioned, might be an idea to meet up/ connect with some locals beforehand so they can show you around. My fave shop in Tokyo is mortar, would love to have a sesh in there one day (they do demos in store and if they move all the profit to the side it becomes a little shake park)
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 26, 2020, 04:35:51 AM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
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Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
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Check out Komazawa. Basic but the locals are cool.
For pay indoor parks the Nike Dojo is tight.

Where are you located?

Kind of in between ikebukuro and Oyama.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on January 26, 2020, 11:33:59 PM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
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Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
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Check out Komazawa. Basic but the locals are cool.
For pay indoor parks the Nike Dojo is tight.

Where are you located?
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Kind of in between ikebukuro and Oyama.
Funny, my friend used to live in Oyama, so I would skate there and Ikebukuro often when I first moved to Tokyo.

I think Komazawa would be your closest public park. Honestly they all kinda suck but Komazawa is alright.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 29, 2020, 03:10:56 AM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
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Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
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Check out Komazawa. Basic but the locals are cool.
For pay indoor parks the Nike Dojo is tight.

Where are you located?
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Kind of in between ikebukuro and Oyama.
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Funny, my friend used to live in Oyama, so I would skate there and Ikebukuro often when I first moved to Tokyo.

I think Komazawa would be your closest public park. Honestly they all kinda suck but Komazawa is alright.

Thatís the 64 Olympic park near the college right? Iíve had my eye on it for a while, Iíll check it out!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on January 29, 2020, 05:21:55 PM
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.
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No, I only skated around the city of Tokyo with some trips to Yokohama and Yokosuka, I only stayed for about three weeks. The only time we considered skating a skatepark other than Umikaze was when we bumped into a bunch of skaters who wanted us to tag along with them to one, coincidentally that was at High Sox, but that time again we preferred to stay on the streets instead. As a first time visitor, all the architecture looked too unique to me to feel like going to check out quarterpipes when I could just enjoy the whole city.

Sila you can definitely skate around Tokyo, just stay clear of buildings and plazas and calmly get off your board if you see uniforms. Although, I'd like to emphasize on what I've said before regarding how people on the streets aren't prepared for skateboarders - that also applies to drivers, so be extra careful if you bomb a hill in the middle of the street or what-have-you. They most likely won't have the lenient reaction most Western drivers have to either slow down if they're scared or speed up to get around you, instead they're prone to panic at random. You can (illegally) skate on the streets, but you have to keep your eyes open and play it safer than what you might be used to.

Also if you ever find one of those sidewalks with tiles with the tiniest micro bumps on the surface (I remember they have some in Nakano), try going full speed on them. It tickles your feet, sends the vibration in your whole body and makes a funny noise.
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Ahh ya that makes sense. I want to go to a park so I can get a full day of grind/slide/obstacle practice with relatively few distractions. Itís so hard to do that in the streets here, even under the best conditions.
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Check out Komazawa. Basic but the locals are cool.
For pay indoor parks the Nike Dojo is tight.

Where are you located?
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Kind of in between ikebukuro and Oyama.
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Funny, my friend used to live in Oyama, so I would skate there and Ikebukuro often when I first moved to Tokyo.

I think Komazawa would be your closest public park. Honestly they all kinda suck but Komazawa is alright.
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Thatís the 64 Olympic park near the college right? Iíve had my eye on it for a while, Iíll check it out!
Yup that's the one.
https://goo.gl/maps/7DsGSxufDTi62xWK9
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on January 30, 2020, 04:35:43 AM
Jive turkey I know itís probably hard to remember but do you recall any spots or chain of spots were you could get a solid 30-45 min session or rotation in in the west ikebukuro/Oyama/Itabashi area? I usually cruise around that north south walkway thing that connects Ikebukuro/kanamecho and snakes up to Shimo Itabashi and do wallies, slides etc on the little banks, but besides that I always get anxious and move out of a ďspotĒ after 3-5 minutes. Been searching for a consistent place or area were I can just work on stuff for an extended period.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: one-off on January 30, 2020, 06:53:58 AM
If you switch to cruiser wheels you will get away with a lot more (Iíve roamed around Kobe Kyoto and Tokyo that way with few problems).
Stealth mode
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on January 30, 2020, 05:41:39 PM
Jive turkey I know it’s probably hard to remember but do you recall any spots or chain of spots were you could get a solid 30-45 min session or rotation in in the west ikebukuro/Oyama/Itabashi area? I usually cruise around that north south walkway thing that connects Ikebukuro/kanamecho and snakes up to Shimo Itabashi and do wallies, slides etc on the little banks, but besides that I always get anxious and move out of a “spot” after 3-5 minutes. Been searching for a consistent place or area were I can just work on stuff for an extended period.
Yeah, I haven't skated out there in a few years but we pretty much did the same thing.
We skated at night so we really didn't the boot unless it was a larger crew and we were loud.

This little wallride spot is fun:
https://goo.gl/maps/GHU9UyEpXy4u2kR77
If you cruise around there are some curbs and ledges on the side roads off the main road in that area.

This park is usually a bust but you can hit it at night:
https://goo.gl/maps/vjbb7dpTkG5N5PbU8

As far as Oyama goes we would just dork around on whatever we could skate in the shotengai.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: ChuckRamone on January 31, 2020, 01:08:31 PM
I'm in Unoki now. There was a small earthquake my first night here. I'm probably just gonna cruise the streets a bit like I usually do when I'm in Japan. I know some people say that's frowned upon over here but I just pass through areas and not linger so I hope it's okay.

Edit: Saw these spots today.

(https://i.imgur.com/cWHKw26.jpg)
This old bike ramp is skateable on the left.


(https://i.imgur.com/Kr4s78s.jpg)
People skated this at some point but didn't look like any action has gone down recently.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 01, 2020, 12:46:38 AM
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Jive turkey I know itís probably hard to remember but do you recall any spots or chain of spots were you could get a solid 30-45 min session or rotation in in the west ikebukuro/Oyama/Itabashi area? I usually cruise around that north south walkway thing that connects Ikebukuro/kanamecho and snakes up to Shimo Itabashi and do wallies, slides etc on the little banks, but besides that I always get anxious and move out of a ďspotĒ after 3-5 minutes. Been searching for a consistent place or area were I can just work on stuff for an extended period.
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Yeah, I haven't skated out there in a few years but we pretty much did the same thing.
We skated at night so we really didn't the boot unless it was a larger crew and we were loud.

This little wallride spot is fun:
https://goo.gl/maps/GHU9UyEpXy4u2kR77
If you cruise around there are some curbs and ledges on the side roads off the main road in that area.

This park is usually a bust but you can hit it at night:
https://goo.gl/maps/vjbb7dpTkG5N5PbU8

As far as Oyama goes we would just dork around on whatever we could skate in the shotengai.

Thanks for the tips! That wall ride spot looks promising. I skated the banked walkway today and destroyed my ass slipping out of a backside wall ride attempt in front of an old lady who was very concerned. Have to stop street skating on weekends. I also browsed through your post history and definitely want to hit up some of those spots on the Sumida river you posted.

I'm in Unoki now. There was a small earthquake my first night here. I'm probably just gonna cruise the streets a bit like I usually do when I'm in Japan. I know some people say that's frowned upon over here but I just pass through areas and not linger so I hope it's okay.




I mentioned in my post that I donít recommend riding around, but itís fine for the most part of you are very careful. I mostly said that because of how constantly busy it is with people/cars/bicycles especially on the small side streets that make up most of the city, stop signs are more like suggestions and itís hard to gauge which way cars are coming from and the sheer volume of people/vehicles can make a small swerve from any party involved a potential chain reaction catastrophe. I would say just use common sense but I would recommend most people taking a A couple days of walking just to get a feel for how everything flows
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on February 01, 2020, 01:01:50 AM
This thread keeps taking me back to my trip there every time it gets bumped. The other day I found some old Glen Fox Tokyo/Nakano cruise footage I had filmed at the time for no real reason, but eventually chunks of it made it into Glen's welcome to Magenta part. Not sure I ever really shared them on here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRGg5T0jY-o/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRJkPB5j3Mn/

I actually found them again while attempting to find the name of the area in the second clip for dakara (to no avail, even though I remembered I had filmed a sign with the name on it), because that district had a bunch of spots we actually didn't really get kicked out of, including a plaza with perfect ledges and an incredible (night) view over the city. I have no idea how popular that one spot is, but it seemed really convenient to spend time at and work on stuff, you can briefly see it at 0:49 in this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wP1OSkggU
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 02, 2020, 05:13:00 PM
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Jive turkey I know itís probably hard to remember but do you recall any spots or chain of spots were you could get a solid 30-45 min session or rotation in in the west ikebukuro/Oyama/Itabashi area? I usually cruise around that north south walkway thing that connects Ikebukuro/kanamecho and snakes up to Shimo Itabashi and do wallies, slides etc on the little banks, but besides that I always get anxious and move out of a ďspotĒ after 3-5 minutes. Been searching for a consistent place or area were I can just work on stuff for an extended period.
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Yeah, I haven't skated out there in a few years but we pretty much did the same thing.
We skated at night so we really didn't the boot unless it was a larger crew and we were loud.

This little wallride spot is fun:
https://goo.gl/maps/GHU9UyEpXy4u2kR77
If you cruise around there are some curbs and ledges on the side roads off the main road in that area.

This park is usually a bust but you can hit it at night:
https://goo.gl/maps/vjbb7dpTkG5N5PbU8

As far as Oyama goes we would just dork around on whatever we could skate in the shotengai.
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Thanks for the tips! That wall ride spot looks promising. I skated the banked walkway today and destroyed my ass slipping out of a backside wall ride attempt in front of an old lady who was very concerned. Have to stop street skating on weekends. I also browsed through your post history and definitely want to hit up some of those spots on the Sumida river you posted.

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I'm in Unoki now. There was a small earthquake my first night here. I'm probably just gonna cruise the streets a bit like I usually do when I'm in Japan. I know some people say that's frowned upon over here but I just pass through areas and not linger so I hope it's okay.


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I mentioned in my post that I donít recommend riding around, but itís fine for the most part of you are very careful. I mostly said that because of how constantly busy it is with people/cars/bicycles especially on the small side streets that make up most of the city, stop signs are more like suggestions and itís hard to gauge which way cars are coming from and the sheer volume of people/vehicles can make a small swerve from any party involved a potential chain reaction catastrophe. I would say just use common sense but I would recommend most people taking a A couple days of walking just to get a feel for how everything flows
Yeah dude, the spots on the river are fucking awesome and you can skate hassle free.
I'd recommend waiting until it's warm because the river area brutally cold in the winter.

Feel free to hit me up if you want to go there together.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 02, 2020, 05:51:51 PM
I actually found them again while attempting to find the name of the area in the second clip for dakara (to no avail, even though I remembered I had filmed a sign with the name on it), because that district had a bunch of spots we actually didn't really get kicked out of, including a plaza with perfect ledges and an incredible (night) view over the city. I have no idea how popular that one spot is, but it seemed really convenient to spend time at and work on stuff, you can briefly see it at 0:49 in this:
Which clip? Do you remember the name of the district or the general area of Tokyo is was in?
I'm curious.

Btw I think I skated with yall one night in Nakano.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on February 04, 2020, 11:23:40 AM
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I actually found them again while attempting to find the name of the area in the second clip for dakara (to no avail, even though I remembered I had filmed a sign with the name on it), because that district had a bunch of spots we actually didn't really get kicked out of, including a plaza with perfect ledges and an incredible (night) view over the city. I have no idea how popular that one spot is, but it seemed really convenient to spend time at and work on stuff, you can briefly see it at 0:49 in this:
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Which clip? Do you remember the name of the district or the general area of Tokyo is was in?
I'm curious.

Btw I think I skated with yall one night in Nakano.

Shit, really? Which night was that? Please let it be the one we all got fucked up in front of the train station, then went crazy skating inside the mall (might have been on Ben's birthday?). That or one of the Nakano Sunplaza sessions, but I remember many locals at the train station 'spot' and it was super cool sharing good times. Skating back to the hostel after that one I legit ate shit twice (that I remember) just on flat ground by myself because I was so gone.

I've been trying to remember the name of the place, I know I filmed the sign of the district/tower/area and I've used that footage on the camera to successfully communicate which part of the city I meant to locals before, so I know it's something recognizable, but I can't be for certain and those raw clips are long gone (I think) so it's not like I can show you more than what's in those IG clips. Hiroki Muraoka also does two tricks there in Spirit Quest, filmed on the same night. Glen can be seen literally riding the escalator up to the spot in that IG clip - the part where he mentions bollards with a Pikachu in the background. I know that really doesn't help much. Seemed to be a business district type of area?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 04, 2020, 05:58:10 PM
Shit, really? Which night was that? Please let it be the one we all got fucked up in front of the train station, then went crazy skating inside the mall (might have been on Ben's birthday?). That or one of the Nakano Sunplaza sessions, but I remember many locals at the train station 'spot' and it was super cool sharing good times. Skating back to the hostel after that one I legit ate shit twice (that I remember) just on flat ground by myself because I was so gone.
It was a pretty large group and we barged around the station area and sun plaza. At the end of the night we were doing no push speed runs down the station walk way. We were all pretty hammered and a lot of people ate shit.

I've been trying to remember the name of the place, I know I filmed the sign of the district/tower/area and I've used that footage on the camera to successfully communicate which part of the city I meant to locals before, so I know it's something recognizable, but I can't be for certain and those raw clips are long gone (I think) so it's not like I can show you more than what's in those IG clips. Hiroki Muraoka also does two tricks there in Spirit Quest, filmed on the same night. Glen can be seen literally riding the escalator up to the spot in that IG clip - the part where he mentions bollards with a Pikachu in the background. I know that really doesn't help much. Seemed to be a business district type of area?
Yeah it's hard to tell just from that clip because so much of Tokyo looks like that. All good, thanks man.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: silhouette on February 05, 2020, 04:16:52 AM
It was a pretty large group and we barged around the station area and sun plaza. At the end of the night we were doing no push speed runs down the station walk way. We were all pretty hammered and a lot of people ate shit.

Well fuck me, in retrospect a lot of those nights and moments kind of blend together and the amount of beers consumed at the time don't help make it all less blurry, in fact quite the opposite if anything. I do remember fucking around on flatground in front of the station and 'inventing' the trick of pushing your board through the metro entrance so that the beeping sounds go off then back, which in my drunken state I thought was funny to do in lines until I realized I was actually catching the attention of security with my stupid bullshit. I remember skating through walkways, remembered it as the nearby mall's but we might have touched the station itself unbeknownst to me I don't know? As far as I can remember, we eventually got kicked out and security kept asking me a question in Japanese that I couldn't understand until ten minutes into the interaction, when I eventually caught the word 'tomodachi' and figured they were asking either about who the other guys were or where I was staying. I usually tried to avoid skating through the metro and train station hallways, the idea kept feeling uncomfortable even though everyone else I was with was doing it and a lot of times I also had to, just to keep up. Memory is a mess, but I only remember meeting cool people (maybe too many to interact with in the moment, although I tried) and fun times. There's also this guy we met at the Magenta demo at Umikaze who was from the US and in the Marines as far as I can remember, quite talkative, I remember thinking to myself 'I bet this guy has or has had a SLAP account'.

Yeah it's hard to tell just from that clip because so much of Tokyo looks like that. All good, thanks man.

It's Shiodome. Just remembered now, upon looking up a list of the main towers in Tokyo.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 05, 2020, 06:34:31 PM
Shit, sorry. I just noticed that your clips were from 2014, I was still in Osaka at that time. I'm talking about something a year or 2 ago.
My bad.
It's Shiodome. Just remembered now, upon looking up a list of the main towers in Tokyo.
Ah yeah, Shiodome! That area is chock full of spots. Good looks
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 06, 2020, 03:36:11 AM
Thanks for searching for that spot silhouette! Shiodome is a bit of a hike from weíre ive from but the couple times Iíve been there for non skateboarding reasons it did seem like it would be legit at night.

I rode from Ikebukuro to Shinjuku last night to pick up a friend, and there were so many spots on the way that seemed like you wouldnít get hassled at. I couldnít hit any of them cause I was in a hurry but I plan on revisiting that route when I have more time late at night.  I think I just need to skate outside my area more to find a good practice spot.

Jive turkey do you still live in Tokyo?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 06, 2020, 05:12:28 PM
Thanks for searching for that spot silhouette! Shiodome is a bit of a hike from weíre ive from but the couple times Iíve been there for non skateboarding reasons it did seem like it would be legit at night.

I rode from Ikebukuro to Shinjuku last night to pick up a friend, and there were so many spots on the way that seemed like you wouldnít get hassled at. I couldnít hit any of them cause I was in a hurry but I plan on revisiting that route when I have more time late at night.  I think I just need to skate outside my area more to find a good practice spot.

Jive turkey do you still live in Tokyo?
Yeah, I live in Hatagaya.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: ChuckRamone on February 18, 2020, 07:09:24 AM
For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on February 19, 2020, 02:42:45 PM
I enjoy it. don't live in Tokyo but close enough to go whenever I want. I won't be here forever but I do enjoy my time here skating, surfing, hiking, traveling etc. but as far as jobs go - there doesn't seem to be a shortage but it just depends on your level of Japanese, skill set/experience, and where you live. If you live in a bigger city like Tokyo or Osaka you could find a job outside of teaching if you meet the criteria for sure. feel free to pm if you want
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Pango on February 19, 2020, 06:29:12 PM
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Oh I've been to High Sox too, just couldn't remember the name. Also a cool place indeed, seemed more popular amongst skatepark skaters too, funnily enough. It's more central so I guess the demographic is different, which explains the variation in vibes. I know Hagi-san was nice to me every time. As far as the Laboratory, it's good for curiosities and specific product.

Speaking of skateparks, Yokosuka's Umikaze is worth a visit and there you'll also find Ours Skateshop close by: https://www.instagram.com/oursskateco/
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Have you ever been to any parks in Tokyo? Iíve been wanting to go to one ever since I got back into skating, but they are all 50 minutes away and I donít have much free time so I want to make it count when I go to one. Most guys I talk to say they go to an indoor place in near Akabane but I much prefer free outdoor parks

Also agree with your assessment of high Sox, Ikebukuro is a major hub so it makes sense the demographic is a bit more open.

OMG I didn't know the name of this park and was going there everyday when I was in Yokosuka for a month.  Great vibe, really nice people and next to a market too.  Loved Yokosuka!  Nostalgia is kicking in!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 21, 2020, 07:59:44 PM
For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.

There is a huge labor shortage, if you are Japanese you can find a job in a day no problem. Businesses are absolutely desperate for workers.

For foreigners, it is also easy to find a job if you can get your visa situation sorted. This heavily depends on what country you are a citizen of but assuming youíre America, having a college degree is basically mandatory to get that work visa if you arenít a student visa.  Easiest way is the classic English teacher route, almost any idiot with a worthless degree can get this job but it sucks, employers are very controlling, and itís a dead end job. If you have a degree and a skill/experience in IT, programming, corporate sales, finance, marketing you will find a decent job easily especially if you have a bit of Japanese language ability. Even if you just have some random degree, some Japanese language ability plus professional experience in a dead end office job you should be able to find something better than English teaching

I like living here,  but Iím a Japanese citizen and speak the language fluently. I think most foreigners can live here pretty easily, but I donít really recommend it long term because IMO itís impossible to really ďgetĒ Japanese people and culture unless you are raised Japanese and hav been speaking the language since childhood. Even foreigners with extremely good Japanese Iíve met never truly fit in, it just isnít possible. Youíll always be an alien in an foreign land.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on February 21, 2020, 08:08:22 PM
checking komozawa today and maybe yume farm in China tomorrow. Anyone been to yume?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: whatsreallygood on February 21, 2020, 11:58:41 PM
Out of curiosity would you know how the job market is in the STEM/Medical field? I'm always curious how it'd compare to the west. My Japanese buddy said he'd never work in Japan since the work environment is terrible (unpaid overtime, strong hierarchies, etc.) but in fairness the last time he worked in Japan was more than 5 years ago. Everyone says to never teach English though, since no one will take you seriously, the pay is shit and you can't tell girls what you do for work or they'll make fun of you.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 22, 2020, 12:48:59 AM
Out of curiosity would you know how the job market is in the STEM/Medical field? I'm always curious how it'd compare to the west. My Japanese buddy said he'd never work in Japan since the work environment is terrible (unpaid overtime, strong hierarchies, etc.) but in fairness the last time he worked in Japan was more than 5 years ago. Everyone says to never teach English though, since no one will take you seriously, the pay is shit and you can't tell girls what you do for work or they'll make fun of you.

No idea tbh about stem and medical. I have a few friends that are nurses and it seems like the hours are a lot less hectic than the US because most hospitals here arenít open 24/7.

I think the work culture thing is way overblown. Iíve worked  tons of jobs of all sorts in both japan and the US, from train platform construction and house painting to hotels to office jobs and everything in between. The hours if you are a salaryman honestly arenít any different from a US office worker unless you are a middle manager, then the hours are indeed insane here. All other jobs Iíve had here have been no worse and sometimes better, they paid for my nationalized healthcare and overtime, work 40-50 hours a week, workload not too bad. The hierarchy thing is real, but I actually prefer it over how ambiguous and casual US workplaces are. A lot less drama and bullshit when there are set ways to properly interact and a clear image of where you are in the company. Nowadays there are so many different types of jobs and companies that it really doesnít matter. Most Japanese people will overblow the work culture thing to keep conversations with westerners flowing easily because itís a common topic of conversation left over from the 80-90s when the work environment was all more ubiquitous. And tbh most Japanese that move and work elsewhere and trash the work culture etc are the type that kind of have that country self hate complex, like the girl you went to high school with who spent a semester in Europe and after that wonít talk about anything else besides how America is so shit compared to Spain or whatever.


Thereís a good reason English teaching is looked down upon. It usually attracts a ton of weirdos and losers from America and Britain. No offense to any English teachers on here as there are obviously exceptions, but even non kook English teachers will usually tell you the same thing. If I bump into a westerner at a bar or something and he starts chatting me up cause he finds out Iím fluent in English, I usually ask what they do for work very quickly and if they say English teacher I avoid/ignore after that. Although I can usually tell initially. Kinda harsh but you meet so many people when you live in a city like this that Iím not willing to waste my time conversing or getting to know someone I know is likely to be another dipshit English teacher.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 24, 2020, 06:30:15 PM
checking komozawa today and maybe yume farm in China tomorrow. Anyone been to yume?
I've been wanting to hit up yume farm for some years now but it's just so far out in the sticks.
If you go, please post up here.


Thereís a good reason English teaching is looked down upon. It usually attracts a ton of weirdos and losers from America and Britain. No offense to any English teachers on here as there are obviously exceptions, but even non kook English teachers will usually tell you the same thing. If I bump into a westerner at a bar or something and he starts chatting me up cause he finds out Iím fluent in English, I usually ask what they do for work very quickly and if they say English teacher I avoid/ignore after that. Although I can usually tell initially. Kinda harsh but you meet so many people when you live in a city like this that Iím not willing to waste my time conversing or getting to know someone I know is likely to be another dipshit English teacher.
The truth.
The majority of westerners I meet are weebs. I ain't got time for that.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 24, 2020, 08:13:11 PM
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checking komozawa today and maybe yume farm in China tomorrow. Anyone been to yume?
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I've been wanting to hit up yume farm for some years now but it's just so far out in the sticks.
If you go, please post up here.


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Thereís a good reason English teaching is looked down upon. It usually attracts a ton of weirdos and losers from America and Britain. No offense to any English teachers on here as there are obviously exceptions, but even non kook English teachers will usually tell you the same thing. If I bump into a westerner at a bar or something and he starts chatting me up cause he finds out Iím fluent in English, I usually ask what they do for work very quickly and if they say English teacher I avoid/ignore after that. Although I can usually tell initially. Kinda harsh but you meet so many people when you live in a city like this that Iím not willing to waste my time conversing or getting to know someone I know is likely to be another dipshit English teacher.
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The truth.
The majority of westerners I meet are weebs. I ain't got time for that.

I actually donít meet that many weebs and the ones I do are usually cringeWorthy but Iím pretty indifferent too. At least they have a reason they wanted to come here.

Most of the English teachers I run into and dislike are below average white dudes with little knowledge of japan who graduated college but donít have the smarts/drive/balls to have gotten a non shit job after graduation. Didnít build up enough of a social circle with close friends to make them reconsider moving halfway around the world to a place weíre they know no one and canít converse with anyone. And generally have nothing going for them in life because they are not so dumb or socially awkward to be a freak but too dumb and/or socially awkward to actually make a life for themselves. Itís always that one dude you went to high school with who on paper is your average white guy, but has never made a close group of friends, has no apperent hobbies or cool shit that heís really into besides maybe video games, never had a gf, and worked as a low level manager at the place he worked part time during college before fucking off to some Asian country. They come here because they have nothing to lose , anyone with any degree can get an English teaching job, high school English teacher in japan sounds cooler to people back home  than assistant manager at Home Depot, and they think Japanese chicks will be throwing themselves at them simply cause theyíre white.

But back to skating. Think Iím finally going to Olympic park on Thursday. Can finally ride a mini ramp for the first time in years.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 24, 2020, 09:49:58 PM
http://www.charismaman.com/
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: whatsreallygood on February 25, 2020, 10:47:50 AM
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Out of curiosity would you know how the job market is in the STEM/Medical field? I'm always curious how it'd compare to the west. My Japanese buddy said he'd never work in Japan since the work environment is terrible (unpaid overtime, strong hierarchies, etc.) but in fairness the last time he worked in Japan was more than 5 years ago. Everyone says to never teach English though, since no one will take you seriously, the pay is shit and you can't tell girls what you do for work or they'll make fun of you.
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No idea tbh about stem and medical. I have a few friends that are nurses and it seems like the hours are a lot less hectic than the US because most hospitals here arenít open 24/7.

I think the work culture thing is way overblown. Iíve worked  tons of jobs of all sorts in both japan and the US, from train platform construction and house painting to hotels to office jobs and everything in between. The hours if you are a salaryman honestly arenít any different from a US office worker unless you are a middle manager, then the hours are indeed insane here. All other jobs Iíve had here have been no worse and sometimes better, they paid for my nationalized healthcare and overtime, work 40-50 hours a week, workload not too bad. The hierarchy thing is real, but I actually prefer it over how ambiguous and casual US workplaces are. A lot less drama and bullshit when there are set ways to properly interact and a clear image of where you are in the company. Nowadays there are so many different types of jobs and companies that it really doesnít matter. Most Japanese people will overblow the work culture thing to keep conversations with westerners flowing easily because itís a common topic of conversation left over from the 80-90s when the work environment was all more ubiquitous. And tbh most Japanese that move and work elsewhere and trash the work culture etc are the type that kind of have that country self hate complex, like the girl you went to high school with who spent a semester in Europe and after that wonít talk about anything else besides how America is so shit compared to Spain or whatever.


Thereís a good reason English teaching is looked down upon. It usually attracts a ton of weirdos and losers from America and Britain. No offense to any English teachers on here as there are obviously exceptions, but even non kook English teachers will usually tell you the same thing. If I bump into a westerner at a bar or something and he starts chatting me up cause he finds out Iím fluent in English, I usually ask what they do for work very quickly and if they say English teacher I avoid/ignore after that. Although I can usually tell initially. Kinda harsh but you meet so many people when you live in a city like this that Iím not willing to waste my time conversing or getting to know someone I know is likely to be another dipshit English teacher.

Huh interesting note about nurses getting better hours. Makes me wanna look into possibilities (I'm not a nurse but obviously there's other options). Though I imagine not knowing Japanese in that field pretty much makes you unemployable which is understandable. I'm not american so thankfully I don't have to worry about healthcare already which is nice. I'm not surprised people aren't too stoked on English teachers, I imagine it attracts a ton of weebs with yellow fever who think they're gonna swim in pussy lol
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: ChuckRamone on February 25, 2020, 06:44:17 PM
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For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.
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There is a huge labor shortage, if you are Japanese you can find a job in a day no problem. Businesses are absolutely desperate for workers.

For foreigners, it is also easy to find a job if you can get your visa situation sorted. This heavily depends on what country you are a citizen of but assuming youíre America, having a college degree is basically mandatory to get that work visa if you arenít a student visa.  Easiest way is the classic English teacher route, almost any idiot with a worthless degree can get this job but it sucks, employers are very controlling, and itís a dead end job. If you have a degree and a skill/experience in IT, programming, corporate sales, finance, marketing you will find a decent job easily especially if you have a bit of Japanese language ability. Even if you just have some random degree, some Japanese language ability plus professional experience in a dead end office job you should be able to find something better than English teaching

I like living here,  but Iím a Japanese citizen and speak the language fluently. I think most foreigners can live here pretty easily, but I donít really recommend it long term because IMO itís impossible to really ďgetĒ Japanese people and culture unless you are raised Japanese and hav been speaking the language since childhood. Even foreigners with extremely good Japanese Iíve met never truly fit in, it just isnít possible. Youíll always be an alien in an foreign land.

I feel this way anyway in the US because I'm Asian. It's not as bad these days compared to in the 80s and 90s but growing up here sucked at times, and it left an impression on me. The younger generation of Asian Americans seem to have it a little better. I think you're right though that the feeling of alienation in Japan would be even more severe; they have a strong sense of identity vs. gaijin. I have the N1 now, which I didn't have when I was last there, so my chances of getting a job might be better. I think it would be cool to live there for a decade, visit other parts of Japan and Asia while there, and move back. But my wife who is Japanese told me if we move there again she's not moving back to America. She's tired from all the moving we've done over the years - like once every few years including internationally and within the US. I wouldn't want to be an English teacher there. I would like to proofread or translate if possible.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 25, 2020, 07:23:52 PM
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For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.
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There is a huge labor shortage, if you are Japanese you can find a job in a day no problem. Businesses are absolutely desperate for workers.

For foreigners, it is also easy to find a job if you can get your visa situation sorted. This heavily depends on what country you are a citizen of but assuming youíre America, having a college degree is basically mandatory to get that work visa if you arenít a student visa.  Easiest way is the classic English teacher route, almost any idiot with a worthless degree can get this job but it sucks, employers are very controlling, and itís a dead end job. If you have a degree and a skill/experience in IT, programming, corporate sales, finance, marketing you will find a decent job easily especially if you have a bit of Japanese language ability. Even if you just have some random degree, some Japanese language ability plus professional experience in a dead end office job you should be able to find something better than English teaching

I like living here,  but Iím a Japanese citizen and speak the language fluently. I think most foreigners can live here pretty easily, but I donít really recommend it long term because IMO itís impossible to really ďgetĒ Japanese people and culture unless you are raised Japanese and hav been speaking the language since childhood. Even foreigners with extremely good Japanese Iíve met never truly fit in, it just isnít possible. Youíll always be an alien in an foreign land.
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I feel this way anyway in the US because I'm Asian. It's not as bad these days compared to in the 80s and 90s but growing up here sucked at times, and it left an impression on me. The younger generation of Asian Americans seem to have it a little better. I think you're right though that the feeling of alienation in Japan would be even more severe; they have a strong sense of identity vs. gaijin. I have the N1 now, which I didn't have when I was last there, so my chances of getting a job might be better. I think it would be cool to live there for a decade, visit other parts of Japan and Asia while there, and move back. But my wife who is Japanese told me if we move there again she's not moving back to America. She's tired from all the moving we've done over the years - like once every few years including internationally and within the US. I wouldn't want to be an English teacher there. I would like to proofread or translate if possible.

Yup thatís why I moved here. Maybe it would have been different if I grew up in an area like LA or something were thereís a lot of asians, but I grew up in the Midwest were besides my nuclear family I would see another Asian person maybe once every two weeks. My childhood was pretty good and I didnít get bullied too bad or anything but you deal with so much little bullshit everyday and you always know that youíre the other and subconsciously looked down upon. When I would spend time in japan to visit family as a young adult who understood the world and racial dynamics a little better than when I was a kid I was always likeĒ damn so this is what itís like being white in America ď

If you have n1 youíre probably golden. I think if youíre Asian esp Japanese and can speak near naturally and you have a native Japanese spouse by your side you will be fine life wise as well, although choosing to move to japan for good is a huge decision.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: doyle on February 26, 2020, 02:40:26 PM
If you had a free week in Japan in the summer where would you spend it? I'll be in Tokyo before/after, so somewhere easily accessible by train would be ideal. I was thinking Kyoto or Osaka, any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 26, 2020, 07:16:53 PM
If you had a free week in Japan in the summer where would you spend it? I'll be in Tokyo before/after, so somewhere easily accessible by train would be ideal. I was thinking Kyoto or Osaka, any other suggestions?
Kyoto and Kobe are both within an hour by train from Osaka (depending on where you are staying), so I'd recommend going there. Tons of spots and the people are cool. You'll get the most bang for your buck.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: ChuckRamone on February 26, 2020, 08:59:07 PM
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For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.
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There is a huge labor shortage, if you are Japanese you can find a job in a day no problem. Businesses are absolutely desperate for workers.

For foreigners, it is also easy to find a job if you can get your visa situation sorted. This heavily depends on what country you are a citizen of but assuming youíre America, having a college degree is basically mandatory to get that work visa if you arenít a student visa.  Easiest way is the classic English teacher route, almost any idiot with a worthless degree can get this job but it sucks, employers are very controlling, and itís a dead end job. If you have a degree and a skill/experience in IT, programming, corporate sales, finance, marketing you will find a decent job easily especially if you have a bit of Japanese language ability. Even if you just have some random degree, some Japanese language ability plus professional experience in a dead end office job you should be able to find something better than English teaching

I like living here,  but Iím a Japanese citizen and speak the language fluently. I think most foreigners can live here pretty easily, but I donít really recommend it long term because IMO itís impossible to really ďgetĒ Japanese people and culture unless you are raised Japanese and hav been speaking the language since childhood. Even foreigners with extremely good Japanese Iíve met never truly fit in, it just isnít possible. Youíll always be an alien in an foreign land.
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I feel this way anyway in the US because I'm Asian. It's not as bad these days compared to in the 80s and 90s but growing up here sucked at times, and it left an impression on me. The younger generation of Asian Americans seem to have it a little better. I think you're right though that the feeling of alienation in Japan would be even more severe; they have a strong sense of identity vs. gaijin. I have the N1 now, which I didn't have when I was last there, so my chances of getting a job might be better. I think it would be cool to live there for a decade, visit other parts of Japan and Asia while there, and move back. But my wife who is Japanese told me if we move there again she's not moving back to America. She's tired from all the moving we've done over the years - like once every few years including internationally and within the US. I wouldn't want to be an English teacher there. I would like to proofread or translate if possible.
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Yup thatís why I moved here. Maybe it would have been different if I grew up in an area like LA or something were thereís a lot of asians, but I grew up in the Midwest were besides my nuclear family I would see another Asian person maybe once every two weeks. My childhood was pretty good and I didnít get bullied too bad or anything but you deal with so much little bullshit everyday and you always know that youíre the other and subconsciously looked down upon. When I would spend time in japan to visit family as a young adult who understood the world and racial dynamics a little better than when I was a kid I was always likeĒ damn so this is what itís like being white in America ď

If you have n1 youíre probably golden. I think if youíre Asian esp Japanese and can speak near naturally and you have a native Japanese spouse by your side you will be fine life wise as well, although choosing to move to japan for good is a huge decision.

For me it was suburban Washington State. Things were different back then. I have some close friends I grew up with but small town people in Washington are pretty conservative - not like in Seattle. I'm Korean btw but I have no beef with Japanese people. But that's probably obvious since my wife is Japanese. I talked to her again about it and she sounds more open to the idea of living there a while and coming back later but we wouldn't leave for another year or two. Anyway, thanks for the replies everyone.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on February 27, 2020, 03:26:49 AM
checking komAzawa today and maybe yume farm in ******Chiba tomorrow. Anyone been to yume?

**** my phone autocorrected when I posted this haha

Komazawa was fun. Ended up making it out to Yume farm the next day and it was such a great time. Top 3 parks I've ever been to. Overall vibes were great and it was filled with so many random ass things to skate that you could probably spend 3 days there and not get bored. It was a bit of a mission to get out there but it is worth it. I'd recommend going by car rather than taking the train/bus. Next time we will be doing that for sure. It just felt great to skate a park covered in trees. Also they have bbqs and camp sites so the potential for a mid spring/early summer skate and camp trip would be so fun
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: dakara on February 27, 2020, 05:33:49 AM
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**** my phone autocorrected when I posted this haha

Komazawa was fun. Ended up making it out to Yume farm the next day and it was such a great time. Top 3 parks I've ever been to. Overall vibes were great and it was filled with so many random ass things to skate that you could probably spend 3 days there and not get bored. It was a bit of a mission to get out there but it is worth it. I'd recommend going by car rather than taking the train/bus. Next time we will be doing that for sure. It just felt great to skate a park covered in trees. Also they have bbqs and camp sites so the potential for a mid spring/early summer skate and camp trip would be so fun

Damn a skate/camping trip sounds fun, might have to do that this summer.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 27, 2020, 11:11:36 PM
Sounds dope. That would be a rad little gettaway
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Post by: secondhandstoke on March 01, 2020, 11:21:08 AM
Sounds dope. That would be a rad little gettaway

one word - Coronavirus
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Post by: Trickflip on March 01, 2020, 11:27:23 AM
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one word - Coronavirus
two words - shut up

Damn a skate/camping trip sounds fun, might have to do that this summer.
Sounds like a fun time. I've been hoping to check out Japan over the summer as well
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on March 02, 2020, 08:16:48 PM
For Pals living in Japan, what's life there like these days? I've lived there before as an exchange student and once on a spouse visa. After my recent trip to Tokyo it made me consider living there again. However, I'm 40 now and the last time I lived there I couldn't find a permanent job, but that was during the 2008 recession and I also had less professional experience back then, so maybe it would be a little different this time.
being here in your 40s is quite different to being here in your 20s #duh ask me I should know.

having said that, I live in the countryside and have done so for the last 12 years so I'm probably not exactly in the know when it comes to living in the big cities. I still maintain that the best way to come here though is to get employed by a company in your own country that has connections with Japan and then get transferred here through them. Doing the whole English teaching thing is a good deal when you're young, dumb and have no responsibilities, but it barely pays the bills, nor is it sustainable unless you have some sort of qualifications that will land you a job teaching in universities.

I finally landed a nice job in intl. education after being in the industry for quite a while that is full-time with full benefits, but it took me a good minute and you better have better than mint Japanese because like skateboarding, lots of people these days are really good at Japanese so it's not like it was, or how I imagine it was, back in the 80s. On top of your Japanese you're also going to need some other skill that sets you apart from the rest of the pack otherwise you'll end up doing something you hate (English teaching, head hunting etc.). 

Damn a skate/camping trip sounds fun, might have to do that this summer.
you clearly haven't spent much time camping in a tent in the Japanese then have you :p
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: art hellman on March 04, 2020, 02:20:16 PM
I lived there for a year back in 2008 or so and had an apartment in Minato-ku directly across the street from that spot under the highway where there's that bridge pillar/hip that's featured in almost every Japanese skate video ever (and anytime Gonz skates there). 

similar to just about everyone else who has chimed in, I was always constantly moving when skating Tokyo and never really stayed anywhere longer than 5-10 minutes.  there were some night spots in Ginza alleys where I'd session some metal-grate-bank to metal-grate-curbs for what seemed like forever. 

is Hesh Dawgz still around?  I always liked that shop and there was some nearby shop that only sold Lakais and Crail products.  It's wild to think that anywhere in the world had an entire shoe wall of Lakais at some point in time.

next to Oslo, Tokyo was my all time favorite place to skate. 
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on March 04, 2020, 09:15:41 PM
I lived there for a year back in 2008 or so and had an apartment in Minato-ku directly across the street from that spot under the highway where there's that bridge pillar/hip that's featured in almost every Japanese skate video ever (and anytime Gonz skates there). 

similar to just about everyone else who has chimed in, I was always constantly moving when skating Tokyo and never really stayed anywhere longer than 5-10 minutes.  there were some night spots in Ginza alleys where I'd session some metal-grate-bank to metal-grate-curbs for what seemed like forever. 

is Hesh Dawgz still around?  I always liked that shop and there was some nearby shop that only sold Lakais and Crail products.  It's wild to think that anywhere in the world had an entire shoe wall of Lakais at some point in time.

next to Oslo, Tokyo was my all time favorite place to skate.

I haven't done much street skating in Tokyo. would love to get in a night session sometime soon

Hesh Dawgz is still kicking. bought my last board there and also picked up one of those Dear Skating Todd Congelliere Liberty reissue shirts there a while back. owner is a cool dude with good taste in skating
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on March 05, 2020, 01:08:52 AM
Hesh Dawgs is a great shop!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on April 02, 2020, 06:27:46 PM
fellow slappers living in Japan - How's everyone holding up? What is going on in your city? What are your thoughts on all this?

Some stuff here has started to shut down but not completely on lock down yet. Coming from America, it seems to kinda worry me with the low level of government intervention there's been here. Hard to gauge exactly what is going on but I have been staying home as much as I can.

haven't checked/heard from friends if my local parks have been closed lately but I have just resisted going. hopefully will skate a bit solo this weekend at night to keep my sanity.

but hope everyone is safe, healthy, and holding up well !
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SLAPASONIC on July 25, 2020, 11:50:43 PM
Sorry for the bump, but I've been skating more recently (aside from the past 2 weeks due to the shitty weather) and just wanted to see what's up.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-wcoULl3VY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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I've been skating there a lot (https://goo.gl/maps/BzRX36A5UU1QeG2Z6) and it has been amazing, not much aside from flat ground and a sidewalk that can be used as a manny pad, but it's nice finally finding somewhere central Tokyo where you don't get kicked out for skating. Lot's of skateboarders here practicing flat ground at all times, at all levels of skating too which is nice.

Anyone know any other central spots in Tokyo like the one above? Somewhere you wont get kicked out regularly. I'm not a huge fan of parks, they are all kind of annoying to get to since I'm living near Ebisu (near Garden place). I used to skate the riverside of Asakusa and Ueno park when I lived out east, but that's far for a short skate session.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on July 26, 2020, 04:55:19 AM
nice, that spot looks cool. I am actually moving to Suginami in a few days ! I also need to find a spot close by me for an easy session as well...

In other news I think that Miyashita park in Shibuya will be open soon. Looks cool but I bet it'll be super packed all the time though
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on July 26, 2020, 10:31:51 PM
The rain is driving me insane. Any chance I have to skate it just pours or it's already totally wet.
I usually just bomb the hills from my place down to Yoyogihachiman and skate my local slappy spot alone.

The touchou area in west Shinjuku has got little spots that can be hit up on the weekend. Even some under cover areas.
https://goo.gl/maps/6C4PKuHPCydRsctM9

This part in Shinjuku Central Park always has people skating on the weekends. It's literally only flat ground (not even smooth) so I don't fuck with it but if that's your thing you can skate there hassle free.
https://goo.gl/maps/XcvE9YNiJbEzqrWj6


I don't know of anything around Garden Place. There is a bank spot along the Meguro river (west bank) near there and some places to skate in Daimon.
This whole office building area in Osaki has a bunch of spots. It's usually pretty chill at night and on weekends.
https://goo.gl/maps/XPUnuv2wSGgx21fD9


@habby where in Suginami are you moving to? I'm pretty close to Suginami (live in Hatagaya, Shibuya)
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on July 27, 2020, 07:25:53 PM
yo @jive! nice spots, thanks for sharing. I will be on the hunt for a nice slappy curb to replace my current spot haha

Nice not too far from each other - I'll be living in Asagaya. Would be down to meet up for a session sometime !
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on July 27, 2020, 07:50:52 PM
yo @jive! nice spots, thanks for sharing. I will be on the hunt for a nice slappy curb to replace my current spot haha

Nice not too far from each other - I'll be living in Asagaya. Would be down to meet up for a session sometime !
Ah nice. Asagaya and that whole area is cool.
I'll PM you my deets later.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on July 27, 2020, 10:51:11 PM
Anyone know any other central spots in Tokyo like the one above? Somewhere you wont get kicked out regularly. I'm not a huge fan of parks, they are all kind of annoying to get to since I'm living near Ebisu (near Garden place). I used to skate the riverside of Asakusa and Ueno park when I lived out east, but that's far for a short skate session.
Man, I totally brain farted on this one.
It's not a chill spot at all but definitely worth checking out since it's in your hood.
https://goo.gl/maps/BqSG6bocbr3WMf6M6
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 10, 2020, 08:11:42 PM
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checking komozawa today and maybe yume farm in China tomorrow. Anyone been to yume?
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I've been wanting to hit up yume farm for some years now but it's just so far out in the sticks.
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Thereís a good reason English teaching is looked down upon. It usually attracts a ton of weirdos and losers from America and Britain. No offense to any English teachers on here as there are obviously exceptions, but even non kook English teachers will usually tell you the same thing. If I bump into a westerner at a bar or something and he starts chatting me up cause he finds out Iím fluent in English, I usually ask what they do for work very quickly and if they say English teacher I avoid/ignore after that. Although I can usually tell initially. Kinda harsh but you meet so many people when you live in a city like this that Iím not willing to waste my time conversing or getting to know someone I know is likely to be another dipshit English teacher.
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The truth.
The majority of westerners I meet are weebs. I ain't got time for that.
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I actually donít meet that many weebs and the ones I do are usually cringeWorthy but Iím pretty indifferent too. At least they have a reason they wanted to come here.

Most of the English teachers I run into and dislike are below average white dudes with little knowledge of japan who graduated college but donít have the smarts/drive/balls to have gotten a non shit job after graduation. Didnít build up enough of a social circle with close friends to make them reconsider moving halfway around the world to a place weíre they know no one and canít converse with anyone. And generally have nothing going for them in life because they are not so dumb or socially awkward to be a freak but too dumb and/or socially awkward to actually make a life for themselves. Itís always that one dude you went to high school with who on paper is your average white guy, but has never made a close group of friends, has no apperent hobbies or cool shit that heís really into besides maybe video games, never had a gf, and worked as a low level manager at the place he worked part time during college before fucking off to some Asian country. They come here because they have nothing to lose , anyone with any degree can get an English teaching job, high school English teacher in japan sounds cooler to people back home  than assistant manager at Home Depot, and they think Japanese chicks will be throwing themselves at them simply cause theyíre white.

But back to skating. Think Iím finally going to Olympic park on Thursday. Can finally ride a mini ramp for the first time in years.

Howdy y'all. Long time lurker, first time poster. Wanted to bump this thread and see how things have been recently for everyone out there? I'm based in the Meguro/Ota Ward area and I never see anyone pushing around save for kids on snake boards and longboarders.

I've always been inclined to stick to the streets/random spots. I'm not really a fan of park skating, even more so since skating became an Olympic sport, and subsequently Tokyo bribed to get was awarded the 2020 2021 games, so that's reinforced my apprehension towards parks.

I've hit up the Meguro Riverside banks area, and been chased out a few times (there's a fairly big police station seriously close to it off Yamate Dori) so the cops can walk to that spot and get ramen either on the way there or back. I don't tend to session spots at all, but I'd like to find a spot where sessioning would be an option just to work on my consistency.

Anyhow, sorry for the long post.

TLDR: Any recommendations for the Meguro/Ota area?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 11, 2020, 06:27:37 PM
TLDR: Any recommendations for the Meguro/Ota area?

Thanks in advance.
I feel you, I'm not really into parks either.
Where about do you live? I used to live around Togoshi.

The sad truth about Tokyo is that practically everything is a bust, it's a crap shoot how long you can skate a spot.

Check out the Osaki station area. There's shit to skate around this whole complex:
https://goo.gl/maps/ComADrSWLoTMZ6dH9
I've never really explored the opposite side of the station (across Meguro river toward Shinagawa) but it looks promising.

Dunno what condition the ledges are here but I never had much of a kick out issue at this spot:
https://goo.gl/maps/wivp5u17QjJLSqnp9
There's also stuff around Shinagawa station but the bust factor is high.

This park is hassle free:
https://goo.gl/maps/VSH6XkqAWoDEzvhMA

Bank to curb under the Shinkansen tracks:
https://goo.gl/maps/9CSa7HTLtnYNXbTT6
If you go to street view you can actually see 2 dudes skating it haha

That's all I can really think of off the top of my head.
I hope these typhoons fuck off and I can get a dry weekend.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 12, 2020, 02:12:21 AM
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TLDR: Any recommendations for the Meguro/Ota area?

Thanks in advance.
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I feel you, I'm not really into parks either.
Where about do you live? I used to live around Togoshi.

The sad truth about Tokyo is that practically everything is a bust, it's a crap shoot how long you can skate a spot.

Check out the Osaki station area. There's shit to skate around this whole complex:
https://goo.gl/maps/ComADrSWLoTMZ6dH9
I've never really explored the opposite side of the station (across Meguro river toward Shinagawa) but it looks promising.

Dunno what condition the ledges are here but I never had much of a kick out issue at this spot:
https://goo.gl/maps/wivp5u17QjJLSqnp9
There's also stuff around Shinagawa station but the bust factor is high.

This park is hassle free:
https://goo.gl/maps/VSH6XkqAWoDEzvhMA

Bank to curb under the Shinkansen tracks:
https://goo.gl/maps/9CSa7HTLtnYNXbTT6
If you go to street view you can actually see 2 dudes skating it haha

That's all I can really think of off the top of my head.
I hope these typhoons fuck off and I can get a dry weekend.

Thanks for the response, JT. I'm living near Okusawa, but I'm used to pushing around without any particular destination. Which has allowed me to find some dope spots, but I rarely take my phone with me so I don't mark/pin them, so I skate them once and never see them again.

That spot under the Shink tracks near Numabe looks promising, hopefully the ground isn't daikon oroshi, the wheels I'm riding at the moment have worn down to probably around 50mm.

Funny you mentioned Kiri no Funsui Hiroba. When was the last time you went through there? My homie and I were skating there probably about a year ago and we got the boot after 5 minutes. It was at night though, so that might have played a part in it. Probably 99.44% of the time I skate at night.

Anyhow, thanks again for the response. Will be sure to check out some of those spots if the weather holds. Though the forecast calls for sporadic rain again this weekend. FML.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 12, 2020, 02:51:44 AM
That spot under the Shink tracks near Numabe looks promising, hopefully the ground isn't daikon oroshi, the wheels I'm riding at the moment have worn down to probably around 50mm.
The asphalt is pretty rough and pebbly but it's fun.

Funny you mentioned Kiri no Funsui Hiroba. When was the last time you went through there? My homie and I were skating there probably about a year ago and we got the boot after 5 minutes. It was at night though, so that might have played a part in it. Probably 99.44% of the time I skate at night.
I'm surprised to hear that.
I skated there at night and never had a problem but that was like 2 years when I used to live in that area.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 12, 2020, 03:23:19 AM
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That spot under the Shink tracks near Numabe looks promising, hopefully the ground isn't daikon oroshi, the wheels I'm riding at the moment have worn down to probably around 50mm.
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The asphalt is pretty rough and pebbly but it's fun.

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Funny you mentioned Kiri no Funsui Hiroba. When was the last time you went through there? My homie and I were skating there probably about a year ago and we got the boot after 5 minutes. It was at night though, so that might have played a part in it. Probably 99.44% of the time I skate at night.
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I'm surprised to hear that.
I skated there at night and never had a problem but that was like 2 years when I used to live in that area.

Rough, eh? Any other, non-pandemic interrupted production year, that wouldn't be an issue. But so many skate shops are out of product. So getting a new set of wheels/trucks is more of a hassle. Will definitely have to go during the day.

Might have just been the luck of the draw, or near quota-filling time? Dunno.

Whereabouts are you living?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 12, 2020, 06:14:29 PM
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That spot under the Shink tracks near Numabe looks promising, hopefully the ground isn't daikon oroshi, the wheels I'm riding at the moment have worn down to probably around 50mm.
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The asphalt is pretty rough and pebbly but it's fun.

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Funny you mentioned Kiri no Funsui Hiroba. When was the last time you went through there? My homie and I were skating there probably about a year ago and we got the boot after 5 minutes. It was at night though, so that might have played a part in it. Probably 99.44% of the time I skate at night.
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I'm surprised to hear that.
I skated there at night and never had a problem but that was like 2 years when I used to live in that area.
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Rough, eh? Any other, non-pandemic interrupted production year, that wouldn't be an issue. But so many skate shops are out of product. So getting a new set of wheels/trucks is more of a hassle. Will definitely have to go during the day.

Might have just been the luck of the draw, or near quota-filling time? Dunno.

Whereabouts are you living?
Yeah, I had a hell of a time finding bearings a few months back. I got stuck paying 7500 JPY for some dog shit flowgressive bearings. Uhg, I'm getting upset just typing this haha

I live in Shibuya but more up towards Yoyogi park, not down in the mess.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Owen on October 13, 2020, 01:33:56 AM
Man reading this thread has really got me craving some time in Japan. I've never lived there but have visited twice and loved it.
Cant imagine street skating would go down well given all the reasons people have mentioned. Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 13, 2020, 02:17:06 AM
Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.
They actually fucked up a few spots.
But they got to look like bad asses in the footage so it's all good I guess.

@SaySo If the weather is alright this weekend we're gonna hit up Sumidagawa - Asakusa area.
It's literally the opposite end of Tokyo from where you live but you're welcome to join if you want.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 13, 2020, 02:35:59 AM
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That spot under the Shink tracks near Numabe looks promising, hopefully the ground isn't daikon oroshi, the wheels I'm riding at the moment have worn down to probably around 50mm.
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The asphalt is pretty rough and pebbly but it's fun.

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Funny you mentioned Kiri no Funsui Hiroba. When was the last time you went through there? My homie and I were skating there probably about a year ago and we got the boot after 5 minutes. It was at night though, so that might have played a part in it. Probably 99.44% of the time I skate at night.
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I'm surprised to hear that.
I skated there at night and never had a problem but that was like 2 years when I used to live in that area.
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Rough, eh? Any other, non-pandemic interrupted production year, that wouldn't be an issue. But so many skate shops are out of product. So getting a new set of wheels/trucks is more of a hassle. Will definitely have to go during the day.

Might have just been the luck of the draw, or near quota-filling time? Dunno.

Whereabouts are you living?
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Yeah, I had a hell of a time finding bearings a few months back. I got stuck paying 7500 JPY for some dog shit flowgressive bearings. Uhg, I'm getting upset just typing this haha

I live in Shibuya but more up towards Yoyogi park, not down in the mess.

@Jive Turkey

7,500 yen? Damn, that's like more than the price of Bones Swiss!

I was calling the shop weekly to try to get a deck. Took me over a month before I scored one that wasn't warped or a Reaper. Just starting to get back into a groove and working through my always extra long, frustrating break-in period for new decks.

Nice, that area is good. Lots of grub/hole-in-the-wall spots to eat. My favorite proper bakery in Japan, Levain, is in Tomigaya. If you haven't tried it, and you dig whole-grain bread, I highly suggest it.

I used to live in Umegaoka so I'd push from there to Shimokita, break for a conbini beer, then push on towards Sancha, Shibuya, or rarely Shinjuku. The patchwork/half-assed nature of road resurfacing can be super annoying though.

As for the weekend, thanks for the invite, but I can't make it. Definitely DM me for the next session though!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 13, 2020, 02:48:07 AM
Man reading this thread has really got me craving some time in Japan. I've never lived there but have visited twice and loved it.
Cant imagine street skating would go down well given all the reasons people have mentioned. Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.

All things considered, I haven't had much trouble when street skating. But I usually skate alone and almost never session one place longer than maybe one or two attempts, so I think cops are usually less likely to bug out. And, knock on wood, I've been able to talk my way out of getting into more trouble by playing on the sympathy of cops with respect to being a working man when refuting their claim of "why don't you just go to the skatepark?" Sure, parks are great if you don't work a job with somewhat regular hours...
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 13, 2020, 06:42:36 PM
As for the weekend, thanks for the invite, but I can't make it. Definitely DM me for the next session though!
Sure, maybe next time.

BTW you got any spots you can share around here?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Owen on October 13, 2020, 07:30:13 PM
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Man reading this thread has really got me craving some time in Japan. I've never lived there but have visited twice and loved it.
Cant imagine street skating would go down well given all the reasons people have mentioned. Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.
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All things considered, I haven't had much trouble when street skating. But I usually skate alone and almost never session one place longer than maybe one or two attempts, so I think cops are usually less likely to bug out. And, knock on wood, I've been able to talk my way out of getting into more trouble by playing on the sympathy of cops with respect to being a working man when refuting their claim of "why don't you just go to the skatepark?" Sure, parks are great if you don't work a job with somewhat regular hours...

I guess I'm more thinking from the perspective of how busy and crowded Tokyo is. Skateboarding seems a little bit incompatible with a lot of other aspects of Japanese culture in that it is loud, damages property and is probably technically illegal.

I might be over thinking it but I've spent a lot of time in different parts of Asia and Japan isn't one place where skating felt like it would go down well compared to other countries where people are kinda stoked on it
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 13, 2020, 10:12:52 PM
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Sure, maybe next time.

BTW you got any spots you can share around here?

@Jive Turkey

Whirred.

Around your neck of the woods, I used to hit this up when passing it by. Definitely not a session spot as it's surrounded by houses. Good flat to bank, but you have to catch it when it's sans cars.

https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/〒155-0032+東京都世田谷区代沢5丁目5%E2%88%9211/@35.6557707,139.6663613,3a,60y,99.31h,79.85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-zAYO5PnOm6hwVvWp7EJDA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f368a4a078dd:0x9f2f7a90b07e3433!8m2!3d35.6557214!4d139.6665764
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 13, 2020, 10:15:26 PM
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As for the weekend, thanks for the invite, but I can't make it. Definitely DM me for the next session though!
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Sure, maybe next time.

BTW you got any spots you can share around here?

@Jive Turkey

Just checked the street view, if it's a recent pic, it appears as if they demo'ed the parking lot and they're now constructing something else...

Lemme think a bit more. Like I said, I don't skate with my phone so I never pin spots. Have to work from memory. My bad!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SaySo on October 13, 2020, 10:36:07 PM
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Man reading this thread has really got me craving some time in Japan. I've never lived there but have visited twice and loved it.
Cant imagine street skating would go down well given all the reasons people have mentioned. Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.
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All things considered, I haven't had much trouble when street skating. But I usually skate alone and almost never session one place longer than maybe one or two attempts, so I think cops are usually less likely to bug out. And, knock on wood, I've been able to talk my way out of getting into more trouble by playing on the sympathy of cops with respect to being a working man when refuting their claim of "why don't you just go to the skatepark?" Sure, parks are great if you don't work a job with somewhat regular hours...
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I guess I'm more thinking from the perspective of how busy and crowded Tokyo is. Skateboarding seems a little bit incompatible with a lot of other aspects of Japanese culture in that it is loud, damages property and is probably technically illegal.

I might be over thinking it but I've spent a lot of time in different parts of Asia and Japan isn't one place where skating felt like it would go down well compared to other countries where people are kinda stoked on it

Yeah, it's dope you're being considerate about the reception of skating by the locals in respective countries. I think most folks, not just skaters, need to be more sensitive in general about the impressions we leave when we are guests in foreign lands. Don't want to assume where you're from, but as an American, I know we've been painted as loud, ugly tourists by many of the hosts where "we" have visited.

The image of skateboarding has been somewhat rehabilitated here since Tokyo was set to host the Olympics. There were even skateboarding commercials broadcast within the trains over the past couple of years. So it's not as fringe as it once was. Group/kids classes held at parks, and now several generations of skaters having families of their own, etc. has made it much more acceptable and accessible to groups who might have not had any positive exposure to it.

You mentioned having come out here before, you should come again once this pandemic subsides and immigration unclenches!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on October 13, 2020, 11:17:04 PM
@Jive Turkey why on earth didnít you buy ninja bearings? Their Abel 7s are like half that price and are actually really good quality
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 13, 2020, 11:41:21 PM
Because there was literally no product anywhere... that was point of that whole back and forth.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Gay Imp Sausage Metal on October 14, 2020, 03:07:40 AM
Hmmmm, I guess Iím lucky I donít have a local and just mail order (stockpile) proddy?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: Owen on October 14, 2020, 08:15:01 PM
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Man reading this thread has really got me craving some time in Japan. I've never lived there but have visited twice and loved it.
Cant imagine street skating would go down well given all the reasons people have mentioned. Gx1000s vid there have me really bad disrespectful vibes.
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All things considered, I haven't had much trouble when street skating. But I usually skate alone and almost never session one place longer than maybe one or two attempts, so I think cops are usually less likely to bug out. And, knock on wood, I've been able to talk my way out of getting into more trouble by playing on the sympathy of cops with respect to being a working man when refuting their claim of "why don't you just go to the skatepark?" Sure, parks are great if you don't work a job with somewhat regular hours...
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I guess I'm more thinking from the perspective of how busy and crowded Tokyo is. Skateboarding seems a little bit incompatible with a lot of other aspects of Japanese culture in that it is loud, damages property and is probably technically illegal.

I might be over thinking it but I've spent a lot of time in different parts of Asia and Japan isn't one place where skating felt like it would go down well compared to other countries where people are kinda stoked on it
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Yeah, it's dope you're being considerate about the reception of skating by the locals in respective countries. I think most folks, not just skaters, need to be more sensitive in general about the impressions we leave when we are guests in foreign lands. Don't want to assume where you're from, but as an American, I know we've been painted as loud, ugly tourists by many of the hosts where "we" have visited.

The image of skateboarding has been somewhat rehabilitated here since Tokyo was set to host the Olympics. There were even skateboarding commercials broadcast within the trains over the past couple of years. So it's not as fringe as it once was. Group/kids classes held at parks, and now several generations of skaters having families of their own, etc. has made it much more acceptable and accessible to groups who might have not had any positive exposure to it.

You mentioned having come out here before, you should come again once this pandemic subsides and immigration unclenches!

I'm from Australia so we've got a similar rep for being loud and inconsiderate. I try not to be a dick and be mindful that in a lot of places, you may be someones first direct interaction with a foreigner/westerner.

I'm very keen to return to Japan once it's possible. Keen to do so record shopping and hit up some delicious curries
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SLAPASONIC on October 15, 2020, 07:41:19 PM
This spot in Gotanda has hardly any people walking by, and you can usually session it for 30 minutes before being kicked out. It's just long ass ledges that go on and on.

(https://i.ibb.co/sWvr58W/Gotanda-Ledges.png)

I don't think anyone has really skated it aside from me, if anyone is interested DM me and I'll send you the location, don't really want to blow out the spot.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on October 15, 2020, 07:56:10 PM
Damn, looks pretty nice! Mind PM'ing the location? I wanna check it out. Is it granite or some other kinda similar smooth stone?
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SLAPASONIC on October 15, 2020, 08:00:02 PM
Damn, looks pretty nice! Mind PM'ing the location? I wanna check it out. Is it granite or some other kinda similar smooth stone?

I'm not really sure but it's one of those polished stones that don't grind well unless you have wax on it, I suggest you bring some wax.

I'll pm you now.
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: habby on October 15, 2020, 08:06:42 PM
nice, thanks!
Title: Re: Japan
Post by: SLAPASONIC on October 16, 2020, 08:54:05 AM
Walked by a new spot on the way to work today in Shibuya, some really nice untouched ledges that are skate-stopped but there were 2 sections that had no skate-stoppers.

(https://i.ibb.co/2FtRPS0/Shibuya-spot.png)

It probably wont grind well without wax, and it is a big office, but a night-time/weekend sesh might be doable.

https://goo.gl/maps/PxGeRedPkeJdCkmj9