What's better than devoting a night to a geeky Japanese hobby? Devoting a night to TWO geeky Japanese hobbies! Yes, December's dose of merriment will be initiated by a Friday evening romp through San Francisco's Japantown as we hit up a video game arcade, then hop across the street to a karaoke bar to croon the rest of the night away.
The opening event takes place at Playland Japan, a niche-y arcade specializing in games popular in its homeland (though there are some familiar staples like DDR). I've never been, but it's probably safe to expect a generous share of weirdness, complexity, and insanity... plus toy prizes that are way up there on the cute-o-meter. The Yelp reviews are favorable, aside from most games costing $1 and the claw machines being "rigged" :)
My casual suggestion is for every other person to buy $20 worth of tokens (that way you get a few bonus tokens), split em up with a partner, and then jump ship when we're fresh out of 1UPs. Which in my case shouldn't take more than an hour.
Destination dos is Milo Lounge, a public karaoke bar that also contains rentable private rooms. I don't think the play is worth the pay though ($347), so we'll be sticking to the public portion.
***UPDATE: Milo Lounge is out of the picture; see the comments below.***
For anyone who's only interested in half the evening, feel free to join us for either the button mashing or the caterwauling. But join us nonetheless.