Tokyo Play Date October 6, 2008 12:30 AM   Subscribe

Shall we try for a little day time outing in Tokyo before the weather gets too cold?

I'm thinking of a plan along the lines of:

Date: October 25 (Sat) or 26 (Sun)
Time: meet 11am at Ōimachi station with bento in hand
Destination: Shinagawa Aquarium

There are some nice parklands next to the aquarium where we could have a little picnic and then move onto the aquarium itself.

Extra bonus: October is foodfight month! Looks like they even have a pool set up with Doctor Fish to nibble on your feet (BYO towel).

This aquarium is also pretty good for getting some nice photographs.

Obviously bringing the crotchfruit along is encouraged. My smelly baby will be making his meet up debut.

Suggestions? Yes? No wai? Maybe?
posted by gomichild to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:30 AM (46 comments total)

Don't trust Doctor Fish, it's all just cod psychology.
posted by Abiezer at 12:52 AM on October 6, 2008

Oh Abz... you were really groping around to make a joke weren't you?
posted by gomichild at 2:12 AM on October 6, 2008

You know me too well, despite me never having the chance to meet with you in a pleasant Tokyo park or share the experience of having extremities nibbled. Can't believe Tokyo Mefites aren't queuing up to meet your rather splendid-looking wee sprog.
posted by Abiezer at 2:50 AM on October 6, 2008

Maybe if I promise to bathe him?
posted by gomichild at 3:04 AM on October 6, 2008

There you go, gomichild, that's what I was waiting for! Just don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I do wanna meet your little human genome experiment. Actually, I love being around babies, I miss the baby days of my daughter...

Now, the 25th is definitely out for me, and I'm not sure yet about the 26th, so I'm not here to commit, but rather just to say that I hear your call, and I'm potentially in. Perhaps with wife and offspring, or perhaps solo. I'll be keeping an eye on my schedule and this thread.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:21 AM on October 6, 2008

OOO would the 18/19 weekend work better for you? I'm flexible.
posted by gomichild at 4:25 AM on October 6, 2008

In fact, no, 18/19 are no go for me. October has turned into a busier-than-usual month for me as far as daytime commitments.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:29 AM on October 6, 2008

Hi, gomichild! Your plan sounds awesome and I love that area, but I'm afraid I'm busy that weekend and have to pass this time around. I really wish I could have met your little one!

Hope other folks manage to make it. Have fun!
posted by misozaki at 4:35 AM on October 6, 2008


Er November 1/2?
posted by gomichild at 4:38 AM on October 6, 2008

Should have previewed. I can't make the 18/19 either. Seems I'm crazy busy this month, too. Now November 1/2, however, I could do. Saturday's better, but Sunday might be doable, too.
posted by misozaki at 4:41 AM on October 6, 2008

My daughter and I could make the 1st or the 2nd of November. Misozaki, think you could bring your son? My daughter would be happy about that. She'll also enjoy meeting the baby!

And all this kid talk reminds me of another Tokyo MeFite papa: bugbread! We haven't heard much lately from him, though. Where the hell are ya, bugbread?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:05 AM on October 6, 2008

Sunday November 2 is ok with me. There doesn't seem to be an end to "foodfight" so yay!
posted by gomichild at 5:10 AM on October 6, 2008

I have no reading comprehension.... the Saturday would be ok too.... and you don't have to bring your own kids I can lend you mine for an hour (^_~)....

*bounces whinging baby up and down*

or two...
posted by gomichild at 5:13 AM on October 6, 2008

So, maybe we can generally aim for Nov. 1 or 2, and wait a bit to see if anyone else chimes in here?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:35 AM on October 6, 2008

Nov 1/2 sounds fine and I'd love to meet some Mefites. I'm afraid I can't bring any kids with me, though.
posted by davidr at 6:29 AM on October 6, 2008

Sounds like a plan for making the plan, my man.
posted by gomichild at 6:31 AM on October 6, 2008

25/26 or 1 seem ok from here, but some crap or another has kept me away from tokyo mefi so far. hope this time works better cause i really want the fish. i will pay attention to your final dates.
posted by whatzit at 6:40 AM on October 6, 2008

I'm interested but can't commit until much closer to the final date.
posted by gen at 9:40 AM on October 6, 2008

Little misozaki loves aquariums and is very interested in seeing little flapjax again and meeting little gomichild. If we do this on Saturday, he can probably come. It it lands on a Sunday, at this point he can still come, but chances are a soccer game will be scheduled and he might not make it. But I'll try to show up to say hi either way, so please feel free to set this on the day more MeFites can make it. Will keep an eye on this thread.
posted by misozaki at 3:35 PM on October 6, 2008

Ok it's been a while - let's make it Saturday November 1 - the rest of the details the same as in the original post:

Time: meet 11am at Ōimachi station with bento in hand
Destination: Shinagawa Aquarium

Okie dokies? I will also come up with a rain plan for the lunch thing in case - although the aquarium is pretty much all indoors.
posted by gomichild at 8:02 PM on October 7, 2008

OK, me and the young'un are down for it.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:55 AM on October 8, 2008

The boy and I are in!
posted by misozaki at 2:13 PM on October 8, 2008

posted by gomichild at 10:50 PM on October 8, 2008

Gen, if you don't come to this meetup, I'll never speak to you again.

That's not true, of course. But I hope you can make it.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:15 AM on October 9, 2008

posted by gomichild at 8:24 PM on October 22, 2008

posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:53 AM on October 23, 2008

I do wanna join you all but we have our own young'un at home now so our hands are full and I'm going to have to decline for the time being. Pls take photos!
posted by gen at 7:23 PM on October 24, 2008

Omedeto gozaimasu, gen!
posted by misozaki at 5:13 AM on October 25, 2008

Yes, congratulations gen!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:38 AM on October 25, 2008

Congratulations! My that was quick.
posted by gomichild at 8:05 AM on October 25, 2008

I will be out on friday night so I might be a little tired on saturday. But I'll try to be there on time.
posted by davidr at 10:40 PM on October 28, 2008

whatzit is still planning to come in to the big city from the wooly countryside.
posted by whatzit at 3:05 PM on October 30, 2008

Hey, davidr and whatzit, glad to hear y'all are gonna try to make it. See you tomorrow!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:27 PM on October 30, 2008

It just occurred to me that Oimachi Station has multiple exits. I think we're supposed to meet at the Atre exit, or the main one, because that's where the stop for the bus for Shinagawa Aquarium is. Right, gomichild?
posted by misozaki at 7:51 PM on October 30, 2008

Ooh, very important point, misozaki. Let's settle that matter ASAP, so we're all on the same page. And the same 出口。
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:08 PM on October 30, 2008

Folks should share their keitai numbers via mefi mail...
posted by gen at 11:38 PM on October 30, 2008

Gen, that's a fine idea, and I'd send mine out to everyone involved, but I am one of approximately 17 people in the greater Kanto area who doesn't own a keitai. But, everyone else, please do as gen suggests, if you're able!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:53 AM on October 31, 2008

Oops! Yeah lets meet at the main exit, near the bus stops.

Also dammit my printer is on the blink - would someone mind printing out a map for all of us?
posted by gomichild at 6:49 AM on October 31, 2008

I think I can make it..... coming up from Osaka!
posted by emmling at 12:17 PM on October 31, 2008

Just got back to Tsukuba; I'm the first one at a computer? Wow. Wait until the pictures are posted. This was a fantastic meet-up. Best ever, good plan, gomichild! It was good to finally meet y'all.
posted by whatzit at 1:44 AM on November 1, 2008

The three pictures I took are in this Flickr-Set. Next time I'll be on time! :)
posted by davidr at 2:30 AM on November 1, 2008

Lotsa fun, y'all! FISH!!

Hey, davidr, you can click on ADD PHOTOS at the top right of this page, to get your pix linkable from up there.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:12 AM on November 1, 2008

A fun time was had by all! I added my photos to the batch above. It was great meeting everyone! Gotta do this again when the weather gets warmer.
posted by misozaki at 4:16 AM on November 1, 2008

Wheeeeeee! Fish!

Thanks to everyone who came (^_^).
posted by gomichild at 7:30 AM on November 1, 2008

I'm sad I missed the meetup but happy that you guys & gals had a great time :)
posted by gen at 1:09 AM on November 2, 2008

Only took a gazillion years to get around to editing this batch! Pics are at the end of the set there (^_^).
posted by gomichild at 7:13 AM on January 9, 2009

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