What happens when you miss the last train?


You can pay a small fortune to hire a taxi to drive you home, you can start walking and hope to make it before sunrise, or you can find a place to hunker down for the night. If you choose the last option, your overnight can be spent in a capsule hotel, a karaoke room, or internet cafe. Can you guess which I chose?

Surprising enough, spending a night in an internet cafe wasn’t bad at all. For about ¥2000 I got a tiny space (covered in super comfy vinal mats, pull out shelf/table thing and a sliding door), unlimited internet, an open drink bar, free run of the bathrooms. No one bothered me, save for a pair of neighbors locking lips at six in the morning.




There’s just something about old signs that interests me. Of course there are the old neons, but before that there were a lot of old painted adverts on the sides of buildings, some of which are still there! I especially like the ones with phone numbers that begin with letters (usually short for the region or town) and a shot set of numbers. Generally, the older, the better.