There’s only one way to find out – head to your local Tsutaya, GEO, or DVD rental shop and check out the foreign movies section.If someone strikes your fancy, make some casual conversation and you might end up in bed with a sexy new partner.Whereas the Magic Hour was characterized by lots of people either heading to, from or narrowly missing their trains, the Dead of Night is the opposite – most everybody is indoors somewhere.
For people waiting or smoking in these areas, you can simply walk up to them and initiate a conversation.
Some might move away wordlessly – this means they are either not interested or waiting for someone – but don’t be disheartened.
Okay, so it might be a little more than an hour but the idea is the same.
The cities (especially Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Roppongi, and other major stations) are bright and loud with the sound of laughter and lively conversation as people are emptying into the streets from finished nomikais (drinking parties), dinner dates, social obligations, and some unlucky overtime shifts.
If you’re a guy – it won’t be as easy, but the existence of such nanpa-shi illustrate that it’s neither strange nor culturally insensitive to talk to strangers on the street – in fact, it is very much a part of Japanese culture.
During this “Magic Hour” probably the single best place to meet women is on the street near the station.
Strange things happen in the Big Mikan’s witching hours, when the sober, family-oriented, and conservative wardens of civilized society are tucked happily in their futons and dreaming of short excursions to the safe, Japan-approved getaways of Hawaii and Guam.
The changing of the guard occurs frantically around midnight, hordes of belching salarymen trying to hold the beer and gyoza down while mashing onto the crowded final Yamanote line train.
Right next to it, there is a smoking area, and another newer smoking area closer to the koban outside the station exit.
This area is great for meeting people who are either taking a break before leaving for home, after arriving, or after missing their last train.
Whether their night was a success (drinking with their friends) or a feat of endurance (watching the clock until the boss stops drowning them in shochu and forcing them to listen to rude jokes), the transition to the last train usually has people in a good mood.