Japan Awaits the iPhone 4

Watching the sun set, and rise, while waiting for the latest Apple (AAPL) product is increasingly a rite of passage for fanboys world-wide.

Predictably, the snaking queues have already started to form in Tokyo, ahead of the Thursday launch of the iPhone 4. It’s partly to be first to get the device–but waiting in line and proving your commitment, for some, is part of the fun.

Outside a Softbank cellphone store in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood, Ryunoske Sakai, 34, a self-proclaimed “tweet jockey,” arrived at 3.30 p.m. Tuesday. Behind him are Yuta Kami, a 21-year-old college student, and Manabu Ishiyama, 28, who works in sales.

The three of them have already reserved their iPhones, but they don’t want to miss out on an opportunity for fame, however fleeting: Japan’s first iPad buyer got his share.

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