Does anyone have much experience with the sorts of things you can buy in head shops in Japan? I understand shrooms were outlawed about a decade ago, but there seem to be quite a few reports on the Web of people still being able to buy them. I guess there's lots of things you can buy that aren't legal however. I've tried a thing called 7th Heaven. It's a powder that comes in a small plastic bag. The label is in English. On the back is a warning in Japanese. This says:
This is a plant-based incense.
It should only be used for its intended purpose.
It will affect different people differently.
If you use it the other than ints intended purpose, we're not responsible.
It tastes like shrooms, & it definitely has speedy effects & dilates your pupils, but I haven't really tripped out on it. Having said that, I've only had it twice & only once sober. The first time was my first trip to Japan. I'd just flown in the night before & me & my mate bought a bag in Ame-mura & took it to Kobe & shared it using a can of coke to get it down. Bleech! Was quite wired & out of it & was waiting for the visuals to kick in but they never really did. I do remember as it started to get dark seeing the odd silver sparkle out of the corner of my eye but that's as good as it got. After that we got on the beers, then after catching the last train back to Osaka we bought another bag to split between us which kept us up all night.
The second time was when I was living in Japan & I was already drunk & me & the same guy split a bag. Again, kept us up all night & felt pretty trippy but no genuine psychadelic effects. The guy in the head shop where we bought it the first time said 7th Heaven was the most trippy one he had.
Anyway, my plan is probably to buy another bag of this stuff (assuming I can still find it) & take it to Tokyo with me where I'm going to hire a bike for a day & drop it with some miso soup (gotta be better than with coke or beer) a couple of hours into my circuit of central Tokyo.
My concerns are that I'm hiking the Kiso Valley a couple of days before I get to Tokyo & I might end up having it there - then want some more for my bike ride but not know where to buy in Tokyo. Also, if I can't find the same stuff & I end up buying some synthetic speed substitute & end up biking around manically grinding my jaw & muttering to myself for eight hours.
So... anyone have much experience with the sorts of things you can buy in head shops in Japan?