It's time for me to make you get together again, Tokyo!
posted September 28, 2014 1:17 PM   RSS

There's a high probability that I'll be coming to Japan again. Dates are still being finalized, but it looks like I'll be in Tokyo the evening of November 8th. In the hopes that it becomes real, I'm creating a placeholder so that people can pencil the date in.
If I do get to do this, I'll be working during the day on the 8th and then flying back on the 9th. So that gives me the flexibility to head to Tokyo after work, spend the night there. Which will be great because I don't have to leave in time for a train back south.
posted by Runes to Proposed (19 comments total)

Great to have you back! :D
posted by 23 at 8:13 PM on September 28, 2014

Hiya Runes. Without you, there would essentially be no Tokyo meetups! I'll pencil in the the 8th, and keep an eye out for developments.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:38 AM on September 29, 2014

I can't say for sure, since I'm currently working nights and weekends, but if at all possible, I'll see how things are going then. It'd be great to see you.
posted by Ghidorah at 2:08 AM on September 29, 2014

Unless something strange comes up, I should be good.
posted by Bugbread at 11:47 PM on September 29, 2014

I like! Where shall we feast this time? Anyone enjoy churrasco by any chance?
posted by GoingToShopping at 3:38 AM on September 30, 2014

Urk. Pretty much impossible for me to have a night out these days, unless ... just by chance, you might consider this street a suitable location for the meetup? No other reason than that the photo was taken about five seconds walk from my new front door! :-)
posted by woodblock100 at 8:16 AM on September 30, 2014

OK, just got informed I'm OK to travel, so this confirms the night of the 8th. Once the location is picked I'll see about getting a hotel room nearby.
posted by Runes at 11:42 AM on September 30, 2014

OK, well, Runes is confirmed for the 8th. Suggestions on where to meet?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:55 AM on October 2, 2014

Oh, I just saw woodblock100's post. That's great you've got a space in Asakusa, man! I love Asakusa, but it is basically full of tiny joints that might not make the best meetup spot… but, any suggestions about anything you might know of in the area that'd be a little roomier?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:58 AM on October 2, 2014

I'm still very much a 'new face' in the area, and we have been testing out places night by night; we're still in the construction stage, and three of us hit the streets looking for food after knocking off each day. We've found some dumps (and some real tourist traps of course), but we've found some good places too.

Nothing I've tried so far comes across as 'the perfect spot for a meetup', but let me talk to some of my neighbours this coming week, and I'll see what we can come up with. Given the vast number of bars and restaurants in that area, it shouldn't really be much of a problem to find a good place ...
posted by woodblock100 at 6:32 PM on October 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Well howdy there Runes and Tokyo MeFites! I'm definitely down but have to confirm the 8th is good...but think it is. Asakusa would be fun too, I love that area.

There are a ton of izakaya that could handle a group on that one back street past Sensou-ji, the name of which I'm completely forgetting, but I don't know if any of them are anything but average (but they are cheap and fun at least).
posted by dubitable at 6:16 AM on October 6, 2014

You're perhaps thinking of 'Hoppi-dori' (named after that local 'near beer'), but I haven't found a real 'winner' on that street yet, and it's not from want of trying! And I do keep trying, because it's our intention with our new business over there to eventually offer 'packages' where people can come in the late afternoon to our place for a print-event, and we then take them around the corner to Hoppy-dori where there will be a reserved table with beer and yakitori waiting. But we have to find the 'best' place first, and that means a lot of research.

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it … :-)
posted by woodblock100 at 7:43 AM on October 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Unfortunately I was informed that I'm no longer coming to Tokyo. I'm willing to leave this up so y'all can get together again or just delete it and let someone local start another one.
posted by Runes at 3:04 PM on October 7, 2014

Oh Runes, bummer!!! Sorry to hear you won't be making it. :-(

Well, Tokyo peeps, shall we not take this opportunity regardless, and do something like, say, help woodblock100 investigate Asakusa establishments? Or whatever. But seems like we may as well set something up if we already have some momentum going, since we are overdue anyways.
posted by dubitable at 6:08 PM on October 7, 2014

Yeah, I think we should keep trying.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:24 AM on October 8, 2014

What time do these get-togethers usually happen? I ask because I'll be at Design Festa all day Saturday and Sunday.
posted by Umami Dearest at 1:54 AM on October 15, 2014

In the past there have been daytime meetups and nighttime meetups, Umami Dearest.

From the looks of this thread, though, I'd say this one has pretty much died on the vine.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:15 AM on October 15, 2014

I guess I'm a bit late with this, but I have turned up a place that would suit a MetaFilter meetup just fine - D's Diner is three short blocks from my place, and they have a giant square table that seats 12 people easily. Beer? More than 60 varieties … Food is good too, as we can attest from a few 'test' visits. Access is easy, as it is less than two minutes walk from the Asakusa Tsukuba Express Station, and about three minutes from the Ginza Line Station.

Until and unless I hear back from MeFites about this, I'll keep testing! :-)
posted by woodblock100 at 5:34 AM on October 22, 2014

Wups, sorry, I wasn't monitoring this since I'm not coming anymore. I think letting this one die and organizing another one is probably the best idea.
posted by Runes at 1:01 PM on October 23, 2014

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