If you're ever out with a couple of friends and the conversation starts to fade with the beer buzz 'cause you've all stopped drinking so you can drive home sober. There are a few sure fire ways to rekindle everyone's interest. We all have a lot in common with each other but I've found that bringing up "core" subjects is the perfect way to get the ball rolling again.
The first core theme, for the expats living in Japan is food. I'm talking about the real stuff that you just can't get here.
Now you have to be careful about who you're drinking with. I don't get excited over Kebob or Poutin, but if i'm sitting with an Englishman or a Canadian, I'll be damned if the're eyes don't light up.
Now If you happen to sitting around with a table of empty plates 'cause you've all just finished scoffing down the local delicacies, then you're gonna need some different ammo.