Tokyo's most successful pick up lines

We asked you which lines work. Here's what you said...

Tokyo's most successful pick up lines

Of the 800+ responses we had to our Time Out Tokyo Sex Survey, just over a third of you were kind enough to reveal which pick-up lines you use when trying to woo strangers. Before we reveal what these actually were, though, here are a few interesting facts.

Most common line

Unsurprisingly, the most common line our readers claimed success with simply used the words 'kawaii' (cute), 'kakkoi' (cool), or their translations.

Most common subject

A little over 10 percent of our readers used a suggestion of food (or green tea) as a way to get the fun underway. To paraphrase a cliché: the way to a Tokyoite's bed is through his/her stomach.

International relations

Predictably, cultural differences were a common theme – and produced some alarming results. Be warned, there are at least two foreigners out there picking people up with the line, 'Hi, I'm French', one guy who may approach you speaking Finnish, one fellow asking for help with his Japanese homework, and more than a handful simply asking, 'Do you speak English?' It's hard to imagine that people are that easily seduced (though the Finnish accent is pretty sexy, we must admit). The most toe-curling in this category was, 'I'd be willing to learn Japanese to get to know you.' Run! Just run!

Lines from our English-speaking readers

These tended to be more direct, and often fairly cheesy (though our Japanese readers certainly weren't slackers in that department). A few typical 'winners'...

'Are you on TV?'
'Have you ever kissed a foreigner?'
'Are you a bottom or a top?'
'I want to drink miso soup with you'
'It's my first night in Tokyo...'
'I think we missed the last train home...'
'Let's do "an exchange lesson"'
'Wanna get out of here and fuck?'
'You. Me. Now.'

Lines from our Japanese-speaking readers

We've presented these in both languages, in case you feel like making a little vocab list for yourself. Aren't we kind? (Note: a few of these have been edited for clarity)

'Are you the princess I've been waiting for all this time?'
Kimi wa boku ga machikogareteita purinsesu?

'It's past curfew at my dormitory, and I've nowhere to stay...'
Uchi no joshi-ryo wa mongen ga atte, kon'ya wa tomaru toko ga nai'n da...

'Please! Teach me the first three digits of your phone number!'
Onegai! Keitai no saisho no san-keta dake oshiete!

'Isn't this fate?'
Kore'tte unmei ja nai?

'Are you lonely? I'm lonely. Let's be together.'
Samishikunai? Ore wa samishii. Issho ni ite.

'Let's fuck!'

'I'm not wearing a bra today...'
Kyo no bra nan desu...

'Let me feel your muscles!'
Kin'niku sawarasete!

By Jon Wilks
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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