For people waiting or smoking in these areas, you can simply walk up to them and initiate a conversation.
If someone strikes your fancy, make some casual conversation and you might end up in bed with a sexy new partner.
Strange things happen in the Big Mikan’s witching hours, when the sober, family-oriented, and conservative wardens of civilized society are tucked happily in their futons and dreaming of short excursions to the safe, Japan-approved getaways of Hawaii and Guam.
The changing of the guard occurs frantically around midnight, hordes of belching salarymen trying to hold the beer and gyoza down while mashing onto the crowded final Yamanote line train.
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.