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My path through Japan: Day 3, part 2: The Robot Restaurant

As I said at the end of the previous post in this chain: Robot Restaurant! (click to embiggen)

This establishment was every bit as strange as it appears; it was, in my mind, so quintessentially modern-Japanese. They don’t think if they should do things, only if they can. The Robot Restaurant provides a form of dinner theatre. Or rather, dinner cabaret. With robots. Things like this are what makes Tokyo one of my favourite places in the world.

After entering, you are shuffled towards the most blinged-out bar/waiting room I have ever seen. A man dressed as a robot plays gentle Michael Jackson songs to pass the time.

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Another side note: the Japanese seem to really like Michael Jackson, I don’t think I went a single day without hearing one of his songs.

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Even the toilet was bling.

If you peer closely at the control on the left you will see the angle of attack buttons in the corners- I wasn’t kidding!

From the holding pen we were eventually led down a small (but equally bling) staircase to the basement. Rows of stadium seating flanked a central stage area; we were seated at the front. After a short while, we were brought our food. I couldn’t tell you what we had, as once the show started I lost all interest in it (for those of you that know me, this should give you some appreciation for how enrapturing this show was).

Some aspects of the show had plot, some did not. All commentary was provided in English, but it didn’t really matter. It was all just bright lights and lasers and smoke and scantily clad women and music. It’s hard to pick my favourite photos, I took 100s over the ~hour long show. So, here’s a whole bunch.

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At this point in the show there was a small intermission where beer and snacks could be purchased. During this, plastic chains were hung up across the stage to signify that the big robots were coming to play. According to the announcer, the evil robot queen wanted to kill all of the animals, and so the forest creatures were rebelling. I think? There was a sacred temple involved? I’m not sure, the main thing I took away from it was giant mecha battles.

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At this point there was another intermission to take the chains down, before the show moved on to what I’d say was my favourite part: the laser show. Of course this section involved a large number of Michael Jackson songs, to which the performers did the iconic lean.

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It’s light condition like this that make me love my camera (Nikon D750) so much. We were given glow sticks at this point.

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Would have been happier to have not seen the creepy clown robot though.

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I got the impression that whoever created this really likes clowns.

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And finally, it was over. Quick trip to the blingtastic toilet, and we were on our way to part two of the evening’s entertainment. This night was one of the highlights of the trip, as well as being incredibly busy.

Next up that night: Mario Karts.

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