The Midnight Brew

Good conversations at the best virtual diner on the Internet.

The Midnight Brew is a podcast hosted by Cailean Babcock out of Osaka, Japan, at the best virtual diner on the internet. Episodes feature interviews with inspiring individuals from around the world, as well as discussions about creativity, art, movies, current events and culture. Released every other Friday at midnight Japan Standard Time.

How to Shop in Osaka: the Art of the Discount

Osaka is famous for the phrase, "負けてください!" (makete kudasai!), a phrase used in haggling to mean, "Give me a discount!" This works best on big-ticket items like TVs and such, where the best you might hope for is for them to waive the tax.

Another way is when a Japanese business has decided to create an online site where the price advertised is cheaper than offered at their brick-and-mortar counterpart. Case in point: today I was able to get ¥1,200 (about $10) knocked off of a replacement hard drive at the popular electronics store, Joshin (basically the Best Buy of Japan) because I was able to show them the relevant entry on my iPhone. At the very least, it saved me the hassle of waiting a couple of days for Amazon to deliver for the same price.