Tokyo, anyone?
posted May 11, 2012 6:30 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 28 at 7:00 PM, Somewhere TBD (address below is dummy off Google maps)
2-23-13 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (Map & Directions)
Meetup on Saturday the 28th of July. Somewhere in Tokyo--precisely where still under discussion.
I'll be in Tokyo the 26th to 28th of July (leaving sometime on the 29th). Clearly, this is a fine opportunity to organise a meetup thousands of miles from my home. So, anyone fancy meeting up in Tokyo?
posted by hoyland to Meetup (30 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I've got nothing booked for those days, which is to say, I'm down for a meetup. Let's see if any other of these good-for-nothing Tokyo bums turn up here and get something going!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:17 AM on May 12, 2012

I honestly can't make a set plan that far out, though if I'm in town, I'll do my best to attend. It's only the tokyoites that are good for nothing, by the by. Us Chiba Mefites are fine upstanding people.

yes, I realize I might be the only Chiba Mefite. The burden of responsibility is sometimes too much to bear
posted by Ghidorah at 10:51 PM on May 12, 2012

Ghidorah, since my inlaws live in Chiba, I am something of an honorary Chiba-ite.

and since I'm such a good-for-nothing, the burden on you is indeed heavier than even you are aware.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:15 PM on May 12, 2012

Hoyland, the Tokyo Mefite's might need a prod or two to get it together, but once they do you'll have a wonderful time.
posted by Runes at 10:45 AM on May 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Closer to the time, I'll prod flapjax at midnight and Ghidorah to see who they can track down, I guess.
posted by hoyland at 7:40 AM on May 16, 2012

Hoyland, that'll be the ticket. Remind us!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 AM on May 16, 2012

Tokyo mefite social secretary, reporting for duty.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:40 PM on May 16, 2012

Shit, just saw this. I'm probably down. Let's firm up these plans as we get closer...if I can put a date in my calendar then I'll just do what it tells me to do...
posted by dubitable at 7:59 AM on May 21, 2012

So, for reference, the 26th is a Thursday, the 27th a Friday and the 28th a Saturday. I arrive at something like 4am on the 26th. I imagine that means that by the time people finish work, I'll either be refreshed and happy to socialise or my mind will be shot to hell from wandering around for 12 hours before the hostel opens. Other than that, I have no scheduling considerations.
posted by hoyland at 9:50 AM on May 21, 2012

Add me to the list of "ask me when it's closer".
posted by 23 at 6:59 PM on May 23, 2012

I'll actually be in Tokyo on 28 July, I think! I could actually come to this, maybe?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:49 PM on May 24, 2012

Absolutely! We need more red thoughts around here!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:53 PM on May 24, 2012

Wow, another one so soon? I'll know closer to July but I'm going to pencil it in.
posted by monocot at 5:07 AM on May 25, 2012

Well, I think I pull into town at 7am-ish, then I have the whole day free until my travelling partner pulls in at 10pm. So anything during that time would be awesome.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:11 PM on May 27, 2012

Hey cats, we are into July. Any further thoughts on making this into a real plan?
posted by dubitable at 8:31 AM on July 7, 2012

Well, I'm still coming to Tokyo. It looks like the proposed date is the 28th, so His thoughts were red thoughts will have a chance to come. I'm not sure what to propose as the actual meetup activity/venue, though.
posted by hoyland at 1:34 PM on July 7, 2012

I'm free as a bird on the 28th, and down for a meety-uppy, for surety.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:59 PM on July 7, 2012

I just checked this thread last night to see if anything had happened. The 28th seems doable.
posted by Ghidorah at 10:23 PM on July 7, 2012

Works for me.
posted by 23 at 9:37 PM on July 8, 2012

Well then. Whereabouts shall we meet? I don't care so much, as long as it's roughly in "Yamanote range" so to speak. Although anything in the Shibuya/Naka-Meguro/Daikanyama/Ebisu range gets bonus points from me.

The 28th is a Saturday huh? What time is good, should we do early evening-ish? I'm assuming it's going to be nasty hot, so I guess we'll want to get indoors...we can try an izakaya-ish thing but we may have a time limit, although we can always try to head somewhere else after like last time.

Anyone have any more creative ideas? I always default to the izakaya thing.
posted by dubitable at 7:26 AM on July 9, 2012

I hesitate to throw this out there, if only because it's a bit of a hike, and for anyone visiting Japan, obviously, you'd want more of a traditional Japanese experience, but...

BBQ at my place? Sort of from the afternoon to the evening, food, booze, fun for all ages. Warning, it's in Chiba, about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station, and about a 20 minute walk from the station. I'd mentioned it before, at a previous, more aquatically themed meet-up as a way of actually getting mefites to get together. There'd have to be a certain number of people to consume meat-products (though I can do vegetarian on request...contemplating grilled/seasoned tofu). Family/kids would be definitely welcome. People with allergies to cats would most likely die. The darlings have been shedding a lot.

But then all of you would know where I live...

Anyway, let me run it by Mrs. Ghidorah. Let me know what you think.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:58 AM on July 10, 2012

Whoa, Ghidorah, that sounds FANTASTIC!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:18 AM on July 10, 2012

I am in favour of the Ghidorah BBQ plan. (I am a vegetarian).

The thread closed and to re-open it, I had to confirm the date and give an address. So we're fixed for the 28th, unless someone mounts a big objection. The address is some random place off Google maps that had an address in roman characters. When we have a confirmed location, hopefully someone in Japan can figure out an address that the Mefi form will recognise.
posted by hoyland at 12:11 PM on July 11, 2012

I was thinking of maybe opening this as a new thread, if for no other reason than getting a new round of memails sent.

As for an address to use in the googles, JR Inage Station is a good starting point. It's not Tokyo, but it's not difficult to get to (can be reached by two different train lines running from different spots in Tokyo). What do you think?
posted by Ghidorah at 2:29 PM on July 11, 2012

Sounds like a good idea to me Ghidorah.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:09 PM on July 11, 2012

I got the okay to create a new post, which I'll do after work tonight. Honestly, though, I'd like a decent crowd, since a bbq for four or five people is a pretty sad affair.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:03 PM on July 11, 2012

Yes, let's open a new post. When you do that, I'll cancel the meetup in this post. If it seems like people haven't seen that post, we can Memail the people who expressed interest here but haven't commented recently (presumably because they don't check Recent Activity).

If there are only a few people, is there somewhere between central Tokyo and Chiba we could meet up instead, to save the Ghidorah family the trouble of a tiny barbecue?
posted by hoyland at 7:29 PM on July 11, 2012

I'll do that. When I make the post, I'll set a minimum number (which feels pretty weird, honestly) and failing that, we can set up a fall back position. In that case, Tokyo would probably end up being the best bet.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:40 PM on July 11, 2012

Oh, man. I wish I'd seen this sooner. I so want to go to a Tokyo meetup someday.
posted by snwod at 5:45 AM on July 14, 2012

Damn it! I don't get into Tokyo until the morning of the 29th. : (
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:23 PM on July 15, 2012

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