ゆう遊空間

I'm supposed to be working from Sun's Yoga office in Japan this week but instead I'm working from a random internet cafe called Yu Yu Ku Kan.
internet cafe
This place is expensive - about $4/hour - but the drinks are "free". Also you get your own small cubicle with either a floor mat or a massage chair, your choice and again both options are "free". internet cafe

Surprisingly, about half the people here aren't using the computers at all. They're sitting by themselves in their cubicles, reading books and sipping the "free" tea. Why they would come here instead of going to a regular coffee shop is a mystery to me.

So why am I not working from the Yoga office as originally planned? The office has this alarm system and you're supposed to call a day ahead of time to disarm it if you're going in outside of regular business hours. I didn't get around to calling until this morning and I was originally planning to take my chances with disarming the system less than a day ahead of time until I realized I was using one of the admins' user code and I didn't want her to get in trouble if I got arrested for breaking and entering. (After being in Japan for just a few days I'm already reverting to behaviors I learned when I lived here - I wasn't worried about being arrested, I was worried about someone being embarrassed by my arrest.)

So instead of going in to the office, I decided to go out and find an internet cafe. I used a very complicated algorithm to find one - I got on the train and waited for a stop where lots of people got off. I figured wherever lots of people are getting off the train, there must be an internet cafe open. And voila, the station where I got off did have an open Internet cafe - Yu Yu Ku Kan. And just writing this blog has cost me about $2. Oh well, my blog needed some serious lovin' lately so this is worth it.

Comments:

Hi Melanie, Happy new year!! Are you in Japan now? I've never been in such place even in tokyo. I should try :-)

Posted by Masaki on January 02, 2008 at 11:45 AM CST #

And what's the difference of this one and the hotel coffee shop that should include a broadband?

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on January 03, 2008 at 02:21 AM CST #

Sin-Yaw, this place offers more privacy, that's about it. It's funny you would ask though, I actually did go to a coffee shop first, it had a sign out front that said "Hi-Speed Broadband LAN - free". All I saw was "Hi-Speed Broadband" and "free". I didn't realize the "LAN" part meant I would be restricted to some tiny insignificant network which had nothing that I cared about on it. So I bought a $5 latte there (decaf of course) just to learn the LAN was a complete rip-off.

Masaki-san, I'm working from my in-laws' apartment in Saginuma this morning and will be in the Yoga office this afternoon. But I guess you won't be. Anyway, I hope your 2008 is getting off to a great start! :) The weather here is certainly beautiful. I hope one day the sky in Beijing will be as clear as the sky here.

Posted by guest on January 03, 2008 at 06:50 AM CST #

Love the YOGA cafe! $4.00 for tea and massage chairs? Sounds actually reasonable to me....

Enjoy! Barb

Posted by barb on January 03, 2008 at 09:21 PM CST #

+1 to what Barb said! :-)

Posted by Skrocki on January 06, 2008 at 11:08 PM CST #

Wow, $4/hour including free drinks and use of massage chairs is expensive? Tell them to open an office here! They'd be swamped!

Posted by I18n G.A.L. on January 28, 2008 at 02:27 PM CST #

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