We were talking about red light districts in different cities this one time at work this one time, when someone mentioned that Tokyo has the best dance show ever — it’s got girls clad in sexy clothes, monsters and robots dancing together. “Out of this world” this guy said. Since he’s traveled to so many places to know what’s hot and what’s not, I believed him.
So I looked it up. This cabaret show that he was talking about is held at the Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho, the entertainment and red light district in Shinjuku.
I’ve been meaning to drag Reza to this show in our previous trip to Tokyo, but the tickets to the show were always sold out. On this trip, I booked tickets in advance on JAPANiCAN and redeemed them at the restaurant.
There are a lot of colorful joints at Kabukicho and there were a lot of people there. Not as sketch as you’d expect a red light district to be (although I’d advise against talking to strangers). The most lively part of it is definitely the Robot Restaurant.
So excited to go in!
We were ushered to waiting hall.
The inside was so gaudy! Gold chairs and tables and colorful LED lights. At one corner, there was violin player playing a song in a futuristic silver suit and a robot dancing. If anybody wanted to drink, they could get it here, too. It’s like you’re in a house of some rich guy in Vegas who doesn’t know how to else spend his money so he buys every fancy thing he encounters and provides you with entertainment and drinks -_-
When it was time, the restaurant asked all of us to go to the basement for the show. We claimed our light bento box and drinks at the basement and went to our seats. We got the front row!
Then… it was time!
So how does it fare? The cabaret show’s ridiculous and completely over the top, but it was 100% fun!
There’s a storyline (it doesn’t make much sense). Every scene and action and the costumes and props and effects that came after each seemed so random and made us go WTF. Case in point: Girls in futuristic costumes riding silver horses while singing to Lady Gaga, mermaids fighting monsters, King Kong flying and robots dancing and riding on bikes. Macam-macam ada.
The guests there were either gasping or LOL-ing throughout the 1 1/2 hours!
Makes me wonder how they come up with these things — the show is like the epitome of the things that are cool about Japan.
Although tired from walking the whole day, we left the show happy. I think that you would, too.
If you have some time to spare in the evening when you’re in Tokyo, go watch the cabaret show at the Robot Restaurant. They have shows at 5PM, 7PM and 9PM for ¥6000 (RM180).
Think it’s rather expensive? We thought so, too. Book on JAPANiCAN to get 25% off and get the tickets at ¥4500 instead, like we did.
Learn more about the Robot Restaurant.