WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE SAYING WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMANS DO -- but for many folk these days, globalization means you can not only do Roman in Rome, you can do Greeks and Bulgarians as well. It is starting to become a crazy mixed up crowded old world out there, with Asian quarters in Europe, and European quarters in Asia. This website is a celebration of this, this amazing new diversity. Want to eat Turkish kebabs on the streets of Tokyo? I have a website for that. Want to meet Japanese girls on the streets of Bangkok? I have got a site for that too. I know there are purists who argue that when in Thailand you should only eat Thai and when in Japan only meet Japanese. To this I retort: "Eat AS the Thai's eat!", and I understand that modern Thai's have a taste for international cuisine (including kebabs). Similarly, meet as the Japanese meet, and develop a taste for hot Russians. You have got to open your mind and embrace the postmodernity of now.
As Paul Virilio said, the true capital these days is the airport, and the new global citizen is perpetually in transit. Lost in transit perhaps, but still having a good time, as I am.
While the logical place to meet Japanese girls is in Japan of course, I have had some success in meeting Japanese girls outside the home islands. I once met a Japanese girl in the youth hostel in Reykjavik Iceland, and she invited me back to her parents' house near Tokyo. Walk round the center or even outskirts of Sydney these days, there are Japanese and Korean and Korean Lotte tour buses all over the place. When I went to London last year, it seemed like every second guy had a Japanese or East Asian girlfriend. There are Japanese all over the world now, and Bangkok has become particularly potent focal point. It might surprise people to know that any given time there are tens of thousands of Japanese folk living or working or studying in Bangkok, and many of them are hot chicks. It might surprise people to know that Japanese are in fact the largest ex-pat community in Bangkok, and there are whole quarters devoted to their presence (just like the old Japanese quarter in Hoi An in Vietnam, but with neon.) Kazuhiro (the former Sakura House webmaster and intrepid explorer) wrote during a recent trip to the Thai capital: "First thing in the morning, we went to Samitivej Hospital for the second time. Everything was OK with my wife Chika, including the blood test.
"As we were waiting at the cashier, we realized that about one fourth of the names that were called there, were Japanese names.
"Afternoon, we went to Squmvit street where Japanese expats and their families go out for shopping. Bought some Japanese seasoning and snack, a Japanese second hand book for the trip in Indonesia starting from tomorrow.
"I also bought a bottle of SHINOBU, a Thai-made Japanese sake, that is about three times cheaper than the ones imported from Japan. When I first tried it four years ago, I thought it was pretty good, but this time, NO. It couldn't satisfy a tongue of a Japanese who had come directly from his country. Well, maybe I shouldn't wish for more for a sake that is only 100yen a bottle.
"Anyways, with few exceptions, it is so easy for a Japanese to survive in Bangkok..."
AS A CONTRIBUTOR ON THE GREAT MANGO SAUCE (RIP) RELATES: "All the other students in my Thai language class were Japanese girls. They couldn't speak English so we got to know each other by chatting in pitiful Thai. It was all rather surreal. They were a friendly bunch, though, and were soon offering me tasty Japanese snacks from their Hello Kitty lunchboxes. Both the girls and the snacks were irresistible so I consumed their food like a huge cuckoo. As my fame spread, Japanese girls from the other classes would come round to feed me too..."
Girls with the pussy cat logo on their lunchboxes serving tasty food to the gaijin cuckoo... it is an interesting image. There are tonnes of interesting things to see in Bangkok, this place is an endless carnival of carnality. Filled to the brim with horny farang.
Some possible places you can meet Japanese folk in Bangkok include:
Bed Supper Club: Sukhumvit.
I got this story from Zeek Not Geek: "Put the 3 words together and you have BKK hottest and most futuristic club. I know, we have the ciplak version of Bed club in Belissa Row, Penang, but this one is the original one ok. Situated in the Sukhumvit district, which famous for its clubs and bars, Bed Supperclub is considered the most eye catching since the club is shaped like a cylinder. It's a restaurant, gallery and of course your feng tau place, just that it's a high end one. I was there early on Saturday night with resident DJ Josh Ezelle and DJ Emanuelle spinning their specialty techno and house music. It was rather quiet at first but as the night sway its way, more and more people and it was so packed by midnight, it was as if we're at some rave party.
"One thing I noticed, there were very little locals (Thai) or should I say non-existence (except the bar tenders and bouncers la, of course, wtf?!). Lots of foreigner, Japanese, Taiwanese girls giggling snapping photos all the way in front of the DJ deck in their cute dresses.. a few even wore straw hat! Of course there will always be our friends from Middle East who contribute to Thailand's tourism, even Malaysia's too! So we welcome them with open arms.. Apart from being a dance club, Bed Supperclub also serves as a restaurant during the daytime until 10pm. And the restaurant is so unique, there are actually no menu.
"So how do one order their food??
"Well, the menu items are actually painted on the waitresses top. So if you really cant decide what to eat, then its ok to 'virtually scan' through the waitresses huge rack selection of food. Cool isn't it? I bet if we have this in Malaysia, im sure there will be a lot of sexual harassment case reported. But jokes aside, I didn't check out the restaurant looking at the spectrum of street food available anywhere and of course cut cost lar. Entrance to the club is 700THB with 2 drinks. I think the price is reasonable looking at the crowd and ambience this place have to offer. Did I mention that it's a non-smoking club too? Another plus point to give this club a visit the next time you're there..."
Manga Shop: Central World Plaza.
As the Asia Scout Network writes: "If you're looking for somewhere not-too-intimidating to meet up for a first date, you could try the new "Manga" shop in Central World Plaza. It hosts everything from urban streetwear to manga, manga toys, and sneakers and magazines.
"It also hosts regularly organising fun exhibitions- such as Sneaker Pimps which showcased funky-looking custom made shoes, from classy to downright eccentric (ie-imagine putting your foot into a zombie 'mouth'). This month's exhibtion is by fvarious famous people in creative fields, such as "Pen-ek", the director of Last Life in the Universe..."
Thaniya Plaza: Patpong.
Chris Coles writes on his gallery: "On Patpong's fringe, Thaniya Plaza is for the Japanese executive crowd in Bangkok. They are Thailand's largest group of Expats, owning and running most of the automobile and electronics factories. Thaniya's set-up to look like Tokyo's Ginza with a vertical array of clubs, KTV's, bars and cozy hang-outs, over a hundred, all with colorful Japanese signs. The Thai girls are dressed in kimonos and gowns and speak a little Japanese. Hello, How are you, Handsome man, Do you want whiskey, Thank you so much, Nice to see you, Please come back. They bow from the waist with heads tilted down.
"If a western guy approaches, they turn and look the other way, sometimes pointing towards the little sign on the door that says, For Japanese Only..."
Japanese Porn Ramen Restaurant: Thong Lor.
Wrote Thailand's Lost Boy (Naked Japanese Girls in Ramen Restaurant Shocker): "I was eating at a ramen restaurant a couple of weeks ago with a friend of mine. It was in Thong Lor, down soi 13 and then take the first left. It's the second restaurant on the right. The food was great and there were the usual ecstatic cries in Japanese every time anyone came in or left. I noticed a guy sat at the counter reading a comic. The comic was a little larger than the Thai ones you see people reading on the BTS, but I thought nothing of it. My gaze shifted to a table of Japanese girls briefly and then the man left. He dropped his comic off on top of a large pile by the entrance (which was next to where I was sitting).
"Drawn to the face of a Japanese girl on the cover, I picked up the comic to take a look. It was more like a magazine than anything. When I opened it I was a little surprised, and then amused, to see pictures of naked Japanese girls. It was a porn mag! In a restaurant! I couldn't believe it. There were some comics in the magazine, mostly hentai, but the thrust of the publication was naked Japanese girls, more often than not wearing some kind of uniform.
"I looked at some of the other 'comics' in the stack, and sure enough, there were naked girls in almost every one of them. I knew the Japanese have a reputation for being a bit kinky, but I never would have guessed they�fd be keen on looking at porn over a bowl of miso ramen. Is this normal in Japan? Having never been, I can only speculate. The restaurant was by no means seedy, and the man reading the magazine looked fairly well-to-do and didn�ft appear to have been particularly excited by the young flesh on display.
"I banished the thoughts of naked girls from my mind and concentrated on finishing my dinner. [Mental note: go to Japan.]"
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Within seconds of sitting down beside me my "partner" had her sweaty hands on my leg, which at the time I really didn't appreciate - I was smelly enough from my train journey as it was! Having established that we shared no common language, when asked by the manager "Is the girl ok?"
"Soon afterwards, "Helen" was summoned from the dance floor - she spoke very good English. It turned out she was actually a very interesting, intelligent girl. She had a degree in English and was intending to set up her own translation bureau - in order to do so she needed to raise a fair bit of money, and this was one of the quickest ways to do just that.
"Well, it depends on how mush it is!" I slurred. A moment later the bill was produced. Now, it's hard enough as it is to figure out how much something really costs in turkey under normal, sober circumstances. The exchange rate is approximately 1 million Lira to the pound, so the bill wasn't immediately clear, all I saw was a large number of zeros following the number 18. However, with the aid of a pen I finally realised it was time to panic.
I had no choice but to pay. It pained me to do so, but I tried to console myself by reasoning that at least it was a good experience and I'd enjoyed it while it had lasted! It had all been a complete set-up, but there was nothing I could do.The grinning manager informed me that my drinks were on the house for the rest of the night - oh yes, Very Generous! "
Ettchi... How do you say it in English?
"Most Turkish girls have average looks, not distinctively beautiful. But the pretty ones are often gorgeous. There are many gorgeous Turkish girls but not as numerous as in Slavic and Scandinavian countries." A Turkish Singles site says: "Most Turks regard themselves as the descendants of the Ottomans. But they are a highly varied ethnic mixture. The official language is Turkish and it is also supported by Kurdish. This is because three fourth of population is Turkish and rest are Kurds. There are also minor groups of Arabs, mostly Sunni Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Jews.
"A Turkish single has a tough time choosing within his own ethnic groups. So Turkish personals offer a wide range of choice of ethnic groups. Modern Turks are more open minded and meet singles through Turkish personals.