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Couchsurfing in Osaka with the Japanesy Kiwi

After our awesome experience couchsurfing with Laura and Heather in Kyoto, we decided to give it another go and contacted several people in Osaka. Oddly enough, most of the hosts in Japan are all white, since most of the Japanese in the couchsurfing network live with their families. So it came as no surprise that we ended up staying with a Kiwi named Tim. Tim was in his 20s and lived right in the middle of the city center, close to one of the popular “love motels (this one with neon signs of cute cows and hearts) and the train station. He was a “salary (sarary) man who had extended his stay in Japan after studying abroad there. As far as we could tell, he spoke perfect Japanese, had a Japanese girlfriend, loved those photo booths that make crazy cutsy sticker pics and had a furry toilet seat cover (which you put over the SEAT, not over the cover). He was pretty much Japanese, only white. Unlike the Japanese, however, you could hardly say he was clean (though he had many many cleaning products at home), as the apartment was quite messy , and I had the feeling that we were sleeping in unwashed sheets and covers, previously used by other surfers. Tim sorta ran a couchsurfing operation, having hosted probably over a hundred surfers by his own estimates. He was gregarious and eager to tell us about the Japanese and their many idiosyncrasies. It seems odd now to think that we got some pretty insightful facts about Japanese society/culture from a Kiwi, but that was the case. We went out both nights we were staying with him, and he even facilitated the realization of my dream of playing Pachinko, a Japanese arcade game, whose rules will remain a mystery to foreigners such as myself. Both of our couchsurfing experiences in Japan were fun, and though we didn’t meet true Japanese people, we enjoyed the company and the info we got from the white folks we met there. Would definitely recommend anyone to host or surf.

Dinner with Tim

Dinner with TimTIm and Tim eating takayaki

Dinner with Tim

Dinner with TimTIm and Tim eating takayaki

The Japanesey Stickers We Made with Kiwi Tim

The Japanesey Stickers We Made with Kiwi Tim

This is pretty much my experience with Pachinko!


2 Responses

  1. Hi! I’m Chloe here. i will going to Osaka in March 2012 with my father.
    could any one tell me where have couchsurfing accommodation in Osaka ?

    • couchsurfing.com. That’s where we found our host. Also, Japan has some quite clean and wonderful hostels. Something to check out and maybe me appropriate if you’re traveling with your father.

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