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The first week of January. All the ingredients for a promising new start are in place: trousers too tight, wallet too light and a hangover from hell to boot. A new year, a new you. Get real. When the hangover recedes twelve hours later nothing will have changed. The vending machines will still be right there offering you the beer and smokes you know you want. Your favorite bars won' have gone anywhere. Gym fees won't be any more affordable. So this year let's just forget about it and party it's 1999!

Party animals
Photos by Beezer
Martin

MARTIN /
CHEF
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
We're going to party at The Dubliners in Shinjuku.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
My resolutions are to make myself and everyone around me happy.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I'll break both of them in about five minutes.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
I once resolved to give up Guinness - that lasted five minutes.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Staying in Tokyo.


 
Mike McKenna

MIKE MCKENNA /
TECHNO PRODUCER AND MAN ABOUT TOWN
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
Have a dance at Maniac Love.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
To become a more humane individual and contribute positively to Japanese society.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
Both, probably by about 12:10 on New Year's morning.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
I once bought two books for studying Japanese. That was in 1995, and I haven't read them yet.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Renting porno videos, and keep telling myself it's perfectly okay.

Shiko Miyamoto

SHIKO MIYAMOTO /
STUDENT
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
Drink every type of alcohol possible in one night.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
Stop smoking, finish a crossword puzzle, and be punctual.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
All of them... punctually.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
I tried to quit smoking... and never did.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Laziness.

David Ross

DAVID ROSS /
SHIRKER
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
Pretty much the same as 1988: as hard as my body will allow. I'm getting old so I may have to curtail partying on occasions in order to make it to the year 2000.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
Get along with my neighbors and give up Charlie's Angels (wink, wink).
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I reckon I'll break them within an hour if everything works out correctly.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
Less than an hour; I punched a friend at 12:30am after saying I'd give up fighting.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Flatulence.

Minako Yasuda

MINAKO YASUDA /
EMPLOYEE, BLUE NOTE TOKYO
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
We're gonna have a big event with Bacchi the house DJ. We'll dance and sweat all night until we lose some weight.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
To get sexy, earn money and cut back on the drinking.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I love drinking - I'll probably only last one day.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
My dieting resolution; it lasted all of an hour and a half.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Heavy drinking.

Ken Henricson

KEN HENRICSON /
SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
Like an animal.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
Lose twenty pounds and quit drinking too much beer.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I intend to keep my New Year's resolutions this time.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
I quit smoking for three days.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Lying! (Really.)

Sagano

SAGANO /
CLUB ORGANIZER / SHOP ASSISTANT AT ASH AND DIAMONDS
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
Bitchy, filthy, naughty (but happy) parties!
What are your New Year's resolutions?
To finish writing my book and stop biting my nails.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I don't think I can last even an hour without biting these nails.
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
The nails again - I just couldn't do it!
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Which do you think?

Tomoko

TOMOKO /
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
It's 1999: how are you going to party?
A New Year's surfing party at the ocean.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
To learn how to surf real well, find ten boyfriends, and get a little nooky every day.
Which ones do you think you'll break, and how quickly?
I'll keep them all (especially number three)!
What's the shortest you've kept a past resolution?
The one about the boyfriends - I go through them pretty fast.
If you could keep one bad habit until the next century, which would it be?
Making love.


 
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246: Last train
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245: Girls will be boys
The Takarazuka all-female Revue
244: Buy the book
A guide for bookworms in Tokyo
243: Like nobody's business
Tokyo's brave entrepreneurs
242: Get stuffed
Talking turkey in Tokyo
241: Fall for it
Tokyo's changing of the leaves
240: Things that go bump in the night
Guided tour of haunted Tokyo
239: The Celts are coming
The Celtic Festival descends on Tokyo
238: The price is right
Enjoying Tokyo for free
237: Deals on meals
The best bargain lunches in town
236: Secrets and lies
The booming sex trade business
234: Music Maestros
Independent record shops in Tokyo
233: Big is beautiful
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