If a woman is by herself, there’s a decent chance she missed her train and now has no plans – perfect opportunity to make a new friend who might just end up becoming more!
In Shibuya, Hachiko is the most famous meeting area.
But no matter whether you’ve been drinking since 6pm or are just now sallying forth on the last train for a heroic night on the town, there is no doubt that the trains dictate the pace of the night.
Everybody living more than a couple stops away from the night time destinations knows they have to either go home around midnight, or stick it out until 5am.
Whether their night was a success (drinking with their friends) or a feat of endurance (watching the clock until the boss stops drowning them in shochu and forcing them to listen to rude jokes), the transition to last train usually has people in a good mood.
In the smoking area near the Kabukicho exit of Shinjuku station, near 109 and the scramble crossing in Shibuya, and outside the East and West exits of Ikebukuro station, you’ll see the nanpa-shi (pickup guys), standing guard with their standardized uniform – gelled hair, man purse, loafers, and phone in hand – eyeing women from their sentry posts along the main pedestrian thoroughfares.
Forget canned pickup “lines” or strange techniques and routines, and stay away like the plague from any ideas you might have about “tricking” the girl into sex – the best approach is a simple one. Mention something you’d like to do tonight (your agenda! If you’ve been walking, you can gradually slow to a stop now.
If she’s enjoying herself in your company (it doesn’t really take that much), she might voluntarily miss her last train or agree to come for “Just one drink.” If it’s after last train time (ish), then most people are out for good.
If you want to meet a partner for the night, it’s crucial to keep this in mind.
Whereas the Magic Hour was characterized by lots of people either heading to, from, or narrowly missing their trains, the Dead of Night is the opposite – most everybody is indoors somewhere.