Lion of the Blogosphere

Akihabara Majokko Princess (2009) starring Kirsten Dunst

I know I’ve blogged about this video before, but it’s just so damned awesome! The topic of Tokyo came up in the comment section this week, with someone saying that Tokyo is a better looking city than New York. I totally disagree, Tokyo looks way more prole than New York, but also it looks way more fun. Sign me up to move there!

Thanks to Google Streetview, you can visit the street where the video was filmed without leaving your computer desk.

If someone could post links to other places in Tokyo that are worth a virtual visit, please do so.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 7, 2019 at 9:00 PM

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  1. > way more prole

    Just deal with it. Modern NYC is essentially a big suburban office park. It is the same thing as Charlotte, NC, but oooohhh there is a gritty subway system on the verge of failure. CBGB and Blondie and Lou Reed were there 30 years ago. Nobody interesting is doing anything there now.

    All the money made over the last 15 years has been in the SF bay area. If you’re some NYC finance type you are literally working for SFO at this point. Your hedge fund failed if it wasn’t CA tech heavy. All alpha in USA markets has come from there. You were stupid if you didn’t decamp.

    NYC is a total joke. Slightly more prestigious version of Chicago, which is also on the verge of fiscal collapse. Wanna be big? Pearl river delta, tokyo/osaka, shanghai.


    December 7, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    • Bobby is correct. NYC may have a lot of rich people. But that doesn’t keep it from being a shit hole. One can tell just from the numbers that the cost of living vs incomes makes it unlivable for many of the people there. Not only is it full of rude and unattractive people but rats and roaches as well. Plus, everything smells of pollution, piss and rotten garbage. I guess the people there don’t notice because they’re used to it.

      I lived in the Bay Area years ago. I won’t say what suburb but it had the highest median income of any city of it’s size at the time. I’m sure it’s declined a lot now that it’s full of immigrant trash and homeless people shitting in the streets. But it was very nice at the time. And the people were polite, even if many of them were loons.


      December 7, 2019 at 11:06 PM

      • NYC is not a shithole, it’s a great city with a great heart and a great history.

        Only a person with no heart and no identity except going on the internet and having tantrums would say so.

        From what I hear, San Francisco is. Literally. But I have fond memories of it, although I didn’t leave my heart there, I had a great time. That I didn’t die is something of a miracle.


        December 8, 2019 at 9:27 AM

      • You are dead wrong that NYC is full of hideous people when SF is on the top of the list in that department.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        December 8, 2019 at 9:50 AM

      • Lyrics to I Love Livin’ in the City by F.E.A.R. (1982)

        “Verse 2]
        Spent my whole life in the city
        Where junk is king and the air smells shitty
        People pukin’ everywhere
        Piles of blood, scabs and hair
        Bodies wasted in defeat
        People dyin’ on the street
        But the suburban scumbags, they don’t care
        Just get fat and dye their hair!”

        I miss real punk rock.


        December 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM

      • When I typed “New York is a shit hole” I got over 15,800,000 results all basically saying the same things over and over. So it’s not just a few people with a few random bad experiences. These are bad conditions and experiences that dominate nearly every New Yorker’s life. So much so that The Onion did a parody which sounds just like what real people are saying.

        New York City is a Shithole
        New York Shitty Update
        Admit it: Living In New York Sucks
        50 Reasons Why New York Sucks
        10 Reasons NYC Isn’t as Great as You Think It Is

        The Onion: 8.4 Million New Yorkers Suddenly Realize New York City A Horrible Place To Live

        The #1 reason New York is such a shit hole is… the people. And I’m not talking about nams, proles and guidos, either.


        December 9, 2019 at 1:46 AM

      • I just noticed your reply to my comment. I’ve lost count of how many times you’ve said “Fuck you!” to me and other people on this blog. But I let you slide for years. A few weeks ago, I started punching back. Then you played the victim. “He hates me! He hurts my feelings! I’m leaving and not coming back!” Well, that lasted about half a day. But I let it go. And I didn’t say anything to you. But, now, you’re talking to me again. I suggest that, if I really hurt your feelings and you wish to maintain the truce, you don’t talk to, at or about me again.


        December 9, 2019 at 6:17 AM

      • Stop fighting, children.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 9, 2019 at 9:26 AM

      • “When I typed “New York is a shit hole” I got over 15,800,000 results all basically saying the same things over and over.”

        Other people think so. That makes it right.

        This is what’s called “independent thinking.” LOL.

        ” I’ve lost count of how many times you’ve said “Fuck you!” to me and other people on this blog.”

        Count ’em. I’d be interested to know.

        ” A few weeks ago, I started punching back. Then you played the victim.”

        LOL. That’s not how I see things. I see you as a guy who gets enraged when someone disagrees with one little thing you say.

        I liked you. I agreed with you about practically everything. I supported most of what you said (except on Vietnam, as I remember, but I let that slide, although I shouldn’t have.) But pretty much else I agreed with you and said so.

        I disagreed w/you about death squads, and that is where you went nuts. Borderlines hate being contradicted.

        About New York, you are entitled to your feelings. But objectively, it’s a great human achievement, like all the world’s great metropolises are. It may not be to your taste, but it’s extraordinary.

        I don’t value it more than I value nature, but I do value it. That you cannot is your problem.

        You’re welcome.


        December 9, 2019 at 8:43 PM

      • Any Rand liked New York City.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 9, 2019 at 10:00 PM

      • When I type “New York Is A Shithole” in quotation marks you get 5,880 results.

        When I type “Americans are Stupid” in quotation marks I get 209,000 results. By destructure’s reasoning, this makes it right.

        “The #1 reason New York is such a shit hole is… the people. And I’m not talking about nams, proles and guidos, either.’

        He’s talking about people like me. And whines that I’m rude to him?


        December 9, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    • SF isn’t particularly attractive from a bird eyes view. I find the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, ugly and prole, and SF is similar, except the homes are Anglo and not Mediterranean.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      December 7, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    • I usually like bbb’s comments, but this is risible. NYC has a true character and a sense of place. Although he’s right about the money thing.

      What does the O in SFO stand for?


      December 8, 2019 at 9:25 AM

      • This depressing picture might be a happy one given its sunny disposition.

        Only in NYC, where ugly public housing complexes for the poor and disfranchised, dote along avenues of wealth and elitism. These “Amsterdam” houses are across the street of Lincoln Center, a performing arts center that caters to well to do SWPL types thanks in part to the late billionaire David Koch.

        Nevertheless, the future of the Big Apple remains uncertain!

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        December 8, 2019 at 10:39 PM

      • Trump wanted to buy every public housing project in NYC about 35 years ago. It was a great idea and went nowhere.


        December 9, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    • The San Francisco Bay is totally awesome if you like living with an Asian person’s elbow in your eye, and renting some square footage on top of somebody’s roof, to live near the train.


      December 8, 2019 at 10:33 AM

  2. Tokyo is not prole and very different to NY, at for aesthetics it is a matter of taste. Tokyo beauty is more on the inside than on the outside, people who visited me from NY were shocked from the high level of design in restaurants and shops and especially from the affordability of those places. The concept of prole behaviour doesn’t exist there in the same way as in the west because the social conventions are so different and even the lowest of the low behaves better and more politely than western higher classes. The cleanliness, the accuracy and attention to detail, the safety and the aesthetics are on a different level and it is hard to understand it without experiencing it first hand. I have lived and been to many capital cities, Tokyo is on a different level


    December 7, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    • I loved my visit to Tokyo (spent about 2 weeks in the area roughly 10 years ago), would agree with most of your observations. Possibly the greatest city in the world, at least to visit.

      But I will say that a lot of the infrastructure had a certain run-down quality, to my eyes. Not nearly as bad as the Rustbelt, but worse than most growing cities in the U.S. I think it’s because Japan’s population is shrinking so investing in new real estate is a losing proposition. Nothing gets built. I noticed that all the apartments still have clotheslines for drying clothes, which to me has a certain gritty feel, though to some Americans it might feel nostalgic.

      I also second the observation that restaurants in Tokyo were surprisingly affordable, not to mention amazingly high quality in both food and service. I didn’t notice prices at shops, since I’m not much of a shopper. But a number of times I pigged out on very good sushi (by American standards, mediocre by Tokyo standards), and was surprised that I ended up running a smaller tab than sushi would cost me even at a mediocre place in flyover America.


      December 7, 2019 at 10:32 PM

      • What is it with anglos and hanging clothes? One of the things that shocked me is that my apartment building is forbidding me from hanging cloths on my balcony, for me it is just weird, especially when it comes alongside lectures about saving energy and solar panels.

        I have found infrastructure much better in Japan, just comparing their subway to New York tells the whole story. Japan is more expensive in average than the US but less expensive than most European countries or Australia. If you compare it directly to NY it is much easier to find a reasonable priced apartment in Tokyo within 15 minutes train ride to the one of the centres than finding something similiar in NY.


        December 7, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    • I heard somewhere once that The best thing about a nation is also typically the most annoying thing. The best thing about America is the amazingly low prices and availability and round-the-clock operations. The most annoying thing about America is the inattention to quality. Most stuff is a B- experience. This includes office space and housing. But damn is it cheap.

      In contrast, in Japan or SK, prices from an American perspective are completely insane, but you can be reasonably sure it’s high quality. People just buy much less stuff and live in much less space.

      The point extends further though: The best thing about Brazilians is that they’re so friendly and warm and flexible. The incredibly annoying thing about Brazilians is they’re overly familiar and always late.


      December 7, 2019 at 10:36 PM

      • “The best thing about America is the amazingly low prices and availability and round-the-clock operations. The most annoying thing about America is the inattention to quality.”

        It didn’t used to be that way.


        December 8, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    • tokyo is prole because asians are only good at copying and what you see in tokyo is basically them copying the aesthetic and culture of meriprolestan. sure it seems nicer because of the lack of NAMs, guidos, and meriprole chain stores but for a truly world class city, you should visit montreal and barcelona. its no coincidence that the host nations of nyc and tokyo are dominant in car manufacturing and owning a car is prole


      December 8, 2019 at 2:56 AM

      • JS, do you have another pseudonym?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 8, 2019 at 8:59 AM

      • Ha ha. gm is spoofing JS/”Ok, what, who’s this again?” but is better at it than The Social Justice Warrior is at spoofing blacks.


        December 8, 2019 at 9:23 AM

      • I’d agree with you. No Eastern Asiatic city is on par with a Barcelona or Madrid. We’ve talking about aesthetics, or better yet, charm, a word that is lacking in Far Eastern lexicons.

        Do American SWPLs visit Tokyo in great numbers? Not really, their international trips consist mostly of Europe. Tokyo might be only a word mentioned at the local sushi nook in which they frequent.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        December 8, 2019 at 9:23 AM

      • That’s some skillful spoofing, when the very subject of your spoof takes you seriously!


        December 9, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    • I live in Tokyo and agree with most of this.

      There are some thing that make Tokyo hard to live in from this New York-born expat’s perspective: absmally low salaries by US standards ($40k wouldn’t get you an entry-level college grad in NYC these days; in Tokyo it buys you a veteran with 20 years’ experience who will stay until 8 PM every day), long working hours (many companies have rules that say that monthly salaries include 30-40 hours of overtime), a culture of bullying and intimidation at work, and (Bostonians might not mind this) a confusing and order-less street layout that looks like someone dumped a can of wriggling worms on a map.

      I used to live in Kyoto which has had straight, orderly, named and numbered streets for over 1200 years. Nobody has any problem getting around. Tokyo is a confusing nightmare in comparison.

      Offsetting the low salaries are reasonable restaurant prices and rents. The property taxes on those old, beaten-up buildings can be pretty cheap, too. For my apartment, I pay the city $60 a quarter (!) in property tax.


      December 8, 2019 at 8:52 PM

      • confusing and order-less street layout that looks like someone dumped a can of wriggling worms on a map.

        Ha, I would never have guessed that a Japanese city would be disorderly like this. Personally I find it off-putting and unappealing when cities *aren’t* like this, grid layout is terribly unaesthetic.

        S.J., Esquire

        December 9, 2019 at 9:35 AM

  3. By the way, the location you linked to is Akihabara which is know also as a electric city, it is a neighbourhood dedicated to technology and animation, a geek haven where you can find anything from the smallest electronic parts to seven floor consumer electronic product shops. It has hobby shops, manga and animation and weird caffes with costume dressed girls. Also many cheap eateries because geeks don’t care so much about food. It is not the glamorous part of town but a lot of fun if you are into this kind of stuff.


    December 7, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    • Akihabara no longer exists in a meaningful sense. In the late 90s it was this amazing glimpse at the future. People had little thick tablets and e-readers costing a fortune and all sorts of gadgets that existed nowhere else yet. But, about ten years ago Akihabara became roughly irrelevant as Shenzhen became the electronics capital and SFO became the global software capital. Sony is now mostly irrelevant; same thing.

      There’s no reason to go to Akihabara if you’re not a weird manga nerd. The important place to go is now Shenzhen.


      December 8, 2019 at 12:03 AM

      • Seconding. I lived about a seven-minute bicycle ride from Akihabara in the 2000s and used to go there all the time to buy computer stuff. It was slowly being encroached on by the anime and maid cafe stuff, and Amazon’s entry into the market didn’t help. Nowadays people buy cheap hard drives and PC parts online.

        The anime stuff added to the ambience when it was still mostly computer stuff; now it’s taken over. Though I suppose the people who bought radio parts there in the ’70s probably lamented the coming of the computer stores just as some future generation will lament the passing of the anime culture then.


        December 8, 2019 at 8:43 PM

      • @Kyo,

        Why so much plastic surgery in Asia?


        December 8, 2019 at 9:13 PM

      • @gothamette – no idea; in Japan it’s not popular at all. I think it’s mostly a South Korean thing.


        December 9, 2019 at 2:26 AM

  4. It appears that Downtown Troy is the least prole of all the NY hip-towns we’ve been discussing. It has a lower of sighting of American flags (Meriprole flags are prole), and many “at your face” pre-war buildings in its the center core, which is a good thing.

    Troy also appears to be a town with a sizable number of brownstone residences that one finds in Park Slope.

    Many American tiny cities and towns need to be smashed up and bulldozed, so real estate developers can erect pre-war style buildings which are the most aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    December 7, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    • What’s the definition of brownstone? It seems any flatfronted 2 or 3 story one-family house close to the street with front steps and a cornice is called a brownstone, and it has nothing to do with brownstone cladding. There are many such buildings in the northeast, most with aluminum or vinyl siding and many rundown and in terrible neighborhoods. I like the style and lived in one, but the definition has to be revised so that it applies only to visibly brownstone-faced buildings, like you see in certain neighborhoods like Fort Greene.

      Uncle Jemima (Reading at the Library)

      December 8, 2019 at 8:04 PM

      • A type of house that one sees in Park Slope that lines up and appears in a cookie cutter fashion to it neighboring structures.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        December 8, 2019 at 9:47 PM

  5. I call bullspit.

    There is no way that Lion has an understanding of Japan that is deep and nuanced enough to determine if anything is or is not “prole.”

    Quick, Lion, rank these baseball teams by how prole their fans are: Giants, Swallows, BayStars.

    What cuts of meat do the Japanese consider prole v. classy?

    Is it prole to live in a concrete house? Americans may think so, but Empress Machiko grew up in one.

    What about sumo wrestling? Lion’s prole detectors would raise an alarm anywhere near professional wrestling, but it’s difficult to say that a sport beloved by recent emperors is prole.

    Absent other evidence, I am filing Japan under “things Lion knows nothing about.”

    Justice Duvall

    December 8, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    • I would imagine Japanese of all classes much prefer to live in concrete or stone houses over wooden ones, because of the firestorms in the 1940s that vaporized all the wooden urban housing stock as a result of US bombs.

      Pacific Shim

      December 8, 2019 at 11:29 AM

      • About 80% of Japanese housing is made of wood, because wood absorbs earthquakes better.

        Justice Duvall

        December 8, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    • Heartiste posted a comment on Gab a few days ago complaining about “IQ fetishists,” which reminded me of Lion with his talk of not caring whether Asians take over the Ivy League and how he could supposedly be happy living in Japan if he spoke the language. I agree that HBDers aren’t going to save us, because they don’t care about Western Civilization, they only care about narrowly defined traits like IQ, impulse control, and future time orientation.


      December 8, 2019 at 1:08 PM

      • Nassim Nicholas Taleb disbelieves in IQ tests. I think he also dismisses IQ as a concept.


        December 8, 2019 at 9:15 PM

      • Oh, that’s where he is.

        I bit. I read his comment. He’s tiresome.

        I don’t fetishize IQ but if you want first world shit you need high IQ people to build it.


        December 8, 2019 at 9:17 PM

      • The point isn’t that IQ doesn’t matter, it’s that it’s not the only thing that matters. I don’t just want to live in any old high-IQ society as long as it’s clean and safe and the infrastructure works (e.g., Japan.) I want to live in a restored West.


        December 9, 2019 at 12:11 PM

      • “I don’t just want to live in any old high-IQ society as long as it’s clean and safe and the infrastructure works (e.g., Japan.) ”

        You’re making Japan sound even better. And you didn’t even mention practically free health insurance ($30/month). After doing some research, the notion that Japan is ridiculously expensive (outside of the expensive parts of Tokyo) or impossible to immigrate to are both wrong. (But Japan doesn’t allow illegal immigration or chain migration, and people can’t stay there unless they can pass a Japanese test, so it keeps most people out.)

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 9, 2019 at 12:38 PM

      • Lion, the only people who get health insurance that cheap are people with zero income in the previous year. Regular working stiffs and their employers each pay 9.90% of the worker’s monthly salary, and that only covers 70% of whatever health costs you incur.

        You also are obligated to contribute to the national pension whether you have income or not — the onus is on *you* to get a deferral; yet another thing to worry about when you lose your job.

        And municipal tax is a flat 10% of your income — even NYC’s city tax isn’t that high!

        Consumption tax has also (just a month ago) risen to 10%; 8% on food. This was 5% just five years ago and zero before 1989.

        So while somethings are cheap — property tax! — others cost a lot more.


        December 9, 2019 at 7:09 PM

      • “The point isn’t that IQ doesn’t matter, it’s that it’s not the only thing that matters.”

        Well, sure I agree and I think most would. I just think that some focus on IQ is because its importance was so downgraded and the heritability was dismissed.

        “I don’t just want to live in any old high-IQ society as long as it’s clean and safe and the infrastructure works (e.g., Japan.) I want to live in a restored West.”

        Yeah, me, too, but it’s gone and it ain’t coming back no time soon.

        Things are gonna get much worse before they get better. I’ve decided to cultivate my own garden of weeds.


        December 9, 2019 at 8:48 PM

      • IQ is because its importance was so downgraded and the heritability was dismissed

        Heck, it still is. Just today I saw some bluehair tweet about how IQ doesn’t measure anything and arose out of a racist colonialist imperialist system.


        December 9, 2019 at 11:12 PM

  6. @Lion
    “Tokyo looks way more prole than New York”

    No sorry but you’re exactly wrong, put side to side, Tokyo makes New York look like Mumbai. Tokyo may not have Billionaires Row, but it also doesn’t have Bedstuy, the Bronx, the projects, or a stinky subway, or the rats or the feral minority folk who physically harass random strangers for a laugh.
    What Tokyo does have, as a few other commenters have already mentioned is incredible attention to detail, incredible pop culture, incredible gastronomical culture and an incredibly civil society and all underpinned by a highly refined over-all culture. And let’s be honest, the Japs also fervently believe in HBD, they can’t say it out loud obviously, but everything they do, every political policy they implement screams support for HBD. Btw if you want to streetview some nice Tokyo neighborhoods:

    *Hiroo (classy neighborhood full of cozy streets)
    *Platinum Street in Shirokane-dai (classy main street in a classy residential neighborhood)
    *Diakanyama (artsy neighborhood)
    *Omotesando (classy, high end shopping street)


    December 8, 2019 at 4:49 AM

    • Streetview of Hiroo:,139.7154007,3a,75y,218.58h,94.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFka6jc9VDayokjp-3-UdPA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

      Looks pretty ugly by Western standards (but no garbage or graffiti anywhere).

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 8, 2019 at 9:03 AM

      • Your reaction reminds me of a high school buddy of mine from Armpit BC who was dragged to a ballet performance whilst visiting Ottawa on a school exchange.


        December 8, 2019 at 12:04 PM

      • That is indeed a typical residential street in a Japanese city. I live on one myself. The difference — and this changes everything — is that nobody would feel any fear at all walking down that street at 3 AM. That can’t be captured by a single photo, though the lack of graffiti and garbage is a hint.


        December 8, 2019 at 8:46 PM

      • I never worried about walking around Staten Island at 3 AM either.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 8, 2019 at 9:31 PM

      • Great, Lion now compares the sanctity of a guidoville like Staten Island to an Eastern Asiatic hub like Tokyo.

        Can the Japanese make better pizza than the godfellas as we know them for their craft?

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        December 8, 2019 at 10:09 PM

      • No, but they can sure make a better sushi.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 9, 2019 at 9:25 AM

      • @Lion – OK, you got me; I had sort of forgotten that Staten Island existed (and my memories of NYC are my childhood in the ’80s, when kids didn’t go out alone, ever, and we marvelled at how in Japan six-year-olds would be sent on the subway to do errands all by themselves). I’m sure NYC is much safer now.

        @OK, what – With some very rare exceptions, the Japanese cannot make the mid-tier pizza that every NYC neighborhood and suburb has and takes for granted. It’s something I really, really miss. There are Japanese people who go to Italy to learn to make expensive artisanal stuff in brick ovens and that kind of thing, and there are Domino’s and Pizza Hut (and Sbarro!), but there really isn’t anything in between. Whenever I am back home I eat a lot of “regular” pizza because the Japanese just don’t have it.


        December 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM

      • It was always safe to walk around Staten Island.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 9, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    • I’ve traveled/vacationed in about 35 countries so far. Of all the big cities amongst them, Tokyo would have one of the most polite people using public transportation. I don’t claim to delve deep into every culture I have come across and most interaction/ observation would be in a tourist attraction or public transportation. But Tokyo has one of the most well behaved population among big cities I’ve been in.


      December 8, 2019 at 10:18 AM

      • Six-year-old children routinely ride alone to and from school on the Tokyo subway. Parents ride with them the first few trips, and after that the children are on their own. This would be orders of magnitude beyond unthinkable anywhere in the US.



        December 9, 2019 at 3:02 AM

    • I know nothing of Tokyo, but it must have at least one bad neighborhood, right? I mean, the Yakuza must have at least one place they can get recruits from. They’re still around, right?

      Green Machine

      December 8, 2019 at 11:40 AM

      • There are many. One is the entire ward of Adachi, in northern Tokyo; my wife hails from there. (Still *way* safer than ’80s NYC, of course.) Another is San’ya, where a lot of homeless people gather. Osaka has these neighborhoods too.

        Adachi is infamous for being the location of the Junko Furuta torture-murder case a few decades ago. Read about it only if you have the stomach. Nobody wanted to live in those neighborhoods for many years after.


        December 9, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    • The best Italian food i ate was in Japan, so is the best anything else because they are just so professional and expert of copying stuff to the letter. There are also Italians living there who opens eaters and unlike the US Italians they are not prole. It is not like every pizza will be as good as an average Italian pizza, some of them are downright weird and Japanized, but there are enough good ones because there is enough of everything there, the level of congestion and the ability to create very small eateries without too much red tape helps a lot. Sorry for being so excited about this place, for me it is the best city in the world.


      December 9, 2019 at 8:40 PM

  7. About NYC, only stupid, vulgar people think NYC is Manhattan and the yupped up parts of Brooklyn.

    There’s way more to NYC than that, and it’s pretty safe nowadays. People do complain about the subways, justifiably, but compared to the 70s and the 80s? There is no comparison.

    I won’t waste time making a case to people who won’t listen. I’m going to start my own blog in the new year, and try to focus on positive things. But for the present, I’d tell people to walk around Brooklyn. The perimeter is fascinating, although it’s been broken up by the Belt Parkway, and at the very tip is one of the most interesting places in NYC: Floyd Bennett Field. After that, you can walk to Dead Horse Bay (“Bottle Beach”).

    Sure, do the tourist things. But don’t only do them. You’ll never be bored. Only boring people get bored.


    December 8, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    • Most of NYC is prole.

      Until someone officially deems Manhattan as a cultural backwater, greedy and saavy real estate investors like the wealthy Chinese nationals would rather drop a million on a swanky apartment on the Upper East Side than an actual house in Vancouver or San Francisco, just like a stuffy old money WASP school like Harvard grants a better piece of paper upon graduation than a school like Stanford.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      December 8, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    • Of course there’s more to NYC than Manhattan and trendy Brooklyn, but those are the most distinctive parts. As a tourist, they’re the places that are interesting to visit. I don’t see the point of visiting outer Queens or the Bronx (or Staten Island, except for the ferry), it just seems like a generic suburb like anywhere else in America.

      Tokyo seems to have done a good job packing a lot of people into one city while still keeping it affordable, and somewhat of a distinct character. But I’ve never been there.


      December 9, 2019 at 1:31 AM

      • No, many parts of Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx are the most distinctive and interesting parts of NYC.

        I really should make a list of places outside of Manhattan to visit. But why waste it on you? I mentioned Floyd Bennett Field and you didn’t pay attention.

        Queens is hardly a generic suburb.

        It’s really Manhattan that’s the dullest part of NYC. Most of it is architecturally undistinguished. The density is the fascinating part.


        December 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM

      • To be perfectly honest, everything great about New York was built 100 or more years ago. We are living on borrowed time, and the infrastructure is crumbling. But when its insulted, I bristle.


        December 9, 2019 at 8:50 PM

      • I googled “Floyd Bennett Field” and apparently it’s an old airfield? I’m not sure why I’d want to visit there.

        And yeah of course it’s the density of Manhattan that makes it interesting. People don’t go there to admire any one particular skyscraper, it’s having so many all together that’s different. Maybe if you live in New York you just get used to though, and you’d rather spend time in Queens.


        December 10, 2019 at 4:08 PM

  8. If Kirsten Dunst in a Japanese schoolgirl output is prole, I don’t want to be SWPL.

    You heard the expression “i’d drag my balls over a mile of broken glass”?

    Well, I’d live in Staten Island for her.


    December 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM

  9. Is it common to have white Hollywood actresses dress up as Japanese schoolgirls and remake old ‘80s songs?

    The point of this video is mostly lost on me.


    December 8, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    • I agree. I assume someone paid her for that, but why? Did it have any commercial application? Was someone trying to promote something?

      Mike Street Station

      December 9, 2019 at 6:09 AM

  10. There are hundreds if not thousands of first-person-view Tokyo walkthroughs on YouTube.


    For comparison, here’s a walk down Fifth Avenue from 60th to 23rd:

    Stan Adams

    December 8, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    • It’s obvious that the Japanese have borrowed Western elements, but not fully assimilating them, due to a lack of knowledge and/or materials.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      December 8, 2019 at 9:59 PM

      • ROFLMAO. Care to explain, then, why the Sky Tree in Tokyo is 100 m higher than the highest skyscraper in America, the One World Trade Center? Or why the Shinkansen is 100 km/h faster than the Acela?


        December 9, 2019 at 10:41 AM

      • BTW, you should use Shinjuku for a fair comparison to 5th Avenue.


        December 9, 2019 at 10:42 AM

      • Umm, cities in the good parts of Asia look far more modern than NYC. NYC got it’s first building with an elevator before the start of the Civil War, and still has a lot of older buildings (which I personally like), but in Japan, they didn’t really start to build anything ‘modern’ until after WWII, and mainland China didn’t start until the 1980s.

        To reiterate, cities in Asia look way more modern and high-tech than cities in the West.


        December 9, 2019 at 11:29 AM

  11. Hello Lion

    When will you do a post about Africa? Many of your black readers want to read more about our motherland.

    The Social Justice Warrior

    December 9, 2019 at 4:38 AM

    • Unironically, Africaposting would be more interesting than Tokyo or NYC posting, whether it’s to dazzle us with tales of the Serengeti or to chronicle the horrid state of African cities. I want to visit Africa bad.

      S.J., Esquire

      December 9, 2019 at 10:05 AM

      • “I want to visit Africa bad”

        “In west central Africa, Africans want to visit YOU!” [with Yakov Smirnov delivery]

        80s Standup

        December 9, 2019 at 11:54 AM

      • Here’s video of perhaps the biggest musician to come out of the sub-Sahara. He had between 12-27 wives at any one time and died of AIDS in 1997.


        December 9, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    • Should Lion spend black history month posting only about issues relevant to the black community?


      December 9, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    • I agree. Carthage, Alexandria, Tangier, El Alamein, Tobruk, Tripoli, Port Said.
      Those are enormously interesting places with rich or dramatic histories. Please, Lion, do some on them.

      NORTH Africa?

      December 9, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    • Africa is sub-prole except for the big man. What else is there to know?


      December 9, 2019 at 11:32 AM

  12. I doubt anyone here knows the North Carolina band Antiseen, and if they do they probably view them with contempt. That said, they played at and stayed in Tokyo for a few days in 2018, and we didn’t. My favorite part is when a Japanese lass with little English comes up to the fat guitarist, pats his beer belly, and says “Baby!”


    December 9, 2019 at 1:14 PM

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