- Unusual Nightlife -  

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9/4/2005 7:19 am

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- Unusual Nightlife -

It seems that pretty much every town in Japan is famous for something. What this is varies from town to town. For example, Tsuruga was famous for it's fresh seafood. Other towns are famous for their ramen dishes or their laquerware. Kobe is famous for, among other things, the great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 (which had Kobe as it's epicenter and rated a 6.9 on the Richter scale). Tokyo is famous for being... well... Tokyo.

Himeji is famous for Himeji Castle, the greatest of all remaining Japanese castles. There are a good many castles around today; the problem is that most of them are reproductions made of concrete. Himeji Castle, however, is the greatest of three castles that was spared the fires of of the Meiji Revolution. A magnificent site to behold (a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a Japanese National Historic Treasture), Himeji Castle is pretty much the one and only claim to fame this small city has.

I mention this because you'd think (or at least, I'd think) that a city of 400,000 people and a place that recieves more than it's share of tourists (both foreign and domestic) would have a pretty happening nightlife. Sadly, this is not the case. In the time that I've been here, I haven't been able to find much to do here at night, apart from rumors of a dance club. I was finally able to track it down and last night I went and checked out this club, called Fab-Space.

I must say I was very disappointed on pretty much every level. To be fair, I've got a pretty set view on what a good club is. You might disagree with me, but I see a good club as having the following things:

1 - Women.
2 - Large groups of people dancing together.
3 - Good music to dance to mixed by competent DJs.

Cheap drinks would be nice too, but let's be honest; that's NEVER going to happen.

Problem 1: Now this wasn't a big club, but there were exactly 3 women, and one of them was just sitting there. I suspect she was dragged there unwillingly as a show of support for one of the DJs.

Problem 2: I'm not sure exactly if this is one of those Japanese vs. American differences, or what, but people don't really dance at the dance clubs. There were a few people dancing (I being one of them), but those who dance were given a pretty wide berth. At first, I thought perhaps they were staying away because I'm a big guy, and that can be a bit intimidating, but when I sat down for a few minutes, this continued. Clearly you aren't dancing as a group in a this dance club.

Problem 3: I stayed through the first four DJs, and I've got to say this - if a Japanese person (especially men) like something, they pour everything they've got into it, and they go at it with gusto. Interestingly, what this frequently means is that while they are very technically proficient, they lack the soul to do what they're doing.

I'd like to say that this was the case, but, unfortunately, these guys weren't technically proficient either; they were a bunch of posers with computers and turntables. Yet the Japanese audience seemed to be eating it up. I'm still trying to figure out if this is standard for a Japanese audience.

If it is, then I'm confused. Are they enjoying it because they think the music is good? Are they enjoying it because they appreciate the energy put into it, regardless of the quality? I can't say.

All I CAN say is that I'm very happy I didn't actually pay to get in, but THAT was just a simple accident.

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