【Experience】 I went to Kabukicho for the first time【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
2023-03-15 ｜ TOSHI
Dear followers and readers, how are you? I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman. As I said before, I’m thinking of moving for some reason.
I’m thinking about going to Tokyo too, and I’ve found new hobbies to build new relationships.
One of my hobbies is poker. In Japan, it’s illegal to bet money on poker, so I learned it just as a means of communication.
At a certain poker room in Tokyo, there was an event where there was a possibility that you could play games with creators and gravure idols (a type of idol, like pin-up models, abbreviated as “Gradle”), so I participated in a poker event. It’s my first ever match.
It was my first experience to sit around the same table with such people even though they were far away. There are so many different kinds of people in Tokyo.
It was hard to keep up with everyone because they were all good at playing poker, and we didn’t have time to talk much, but it was a good experience.
It was such a good experience that I went to a poker room in Kabukicho (歌舞伎町), Tokyo with a relatively large number of people after the event was over.
I had only been to Kabukicho one time before. When I was a student, I went out for drinks there with my friends just once, but I came back relatively early and that was it.
When I was asked to guide foreigners there, I only guided them to the entrance as to avoid getting into trouble.
This time, the organizer of the event guided me, so I was able to go to this town again. Thanks to them, I was able to have this experience for about 3000 yen plus a drink.
However, far from being a beginner, it was my first match, and I came from somewhere else, and I had to focus in order to keep up with the game.
However, since I practiced it for half a day, it seems that I remembered the procedure (and became able to play poker).
There are many things I don’t remember, the neon lights were glaring, the streets were a little dirty for Japanese standards, and there were a lot of interesting and strange shops.
To put it bluntly, there are many gentleman bars and hostess bars, and many of the staff are very beautiful even if you look at the pictures of their faces on the billboards.
I thought it was a bit like Las Vegas.
It was a good experience, but partly because it was a long day, and I was dazzled by the neon lights towards the end of my trip.
I stayed up all night. While waiting for the first train, I was guided to a udon restaurant in Kabukicho.
Even if the outside window glowed with neon lights brightly, the udon was surprisingly delicious.
The bowl was strangely large, and even the udon bowl was entertaining and interesting. Some even people checked the weight of the bowl with one hand.
There are a wide varieties of udon.
It was the first time that an udon restaurant was entertaining and interesting looking.
So we all went home when the first train arrived, but my body was surprised by this adventure and was not used to the area, and it was hard to get home.
Anyway I’m trying to meet new people and explore new places.
Kabukicho can be very dangerous, so please be careful. I wonder will I go there again.
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