Are you ready for the crazy stuff?
The presenter of the show asked the audience in a loud, excited voice: “Are you ready for the crazy stuff?” I knew she was not exaggerating, but nothing prepared me for the utter assault of the senses that came next. Whatever flamboyant word I could ever think of doesn’t come close to describe the overwhelming experience of going to the Robot Restaurant, one of Tokyo’s most popular must-do activities.
The show features a bizarre mix of imagery related to Japanese culture, where traditional elements such as Taiko drums, Shamisen music, ninja and samurai are grounded together with staples of contemporary Japan like robots, lasers and creepy, yet adorable characters straight out of anime. This recipe for craziness is drizzled with global references such as reggaeton, pop music and samba dancers.
Trying to understand this show will make your brain hurt, which is why the best advice I can give you is to let go of all meaning, and put yourself in raw perception mode. You’ll soon find yourself clapping and cheering, moved by an energetic performance that ends with a colorful parade of even weirder characters.
“I came because I was told this show is more amazing than watching Jimmy Hendrix live!”
“It’s a sensory overload of flashy lights and loud noises!”
“It’s Japan’s spectacular answer to Las Vegas.”
Address: Kabukicho 1-7-1, Shinjuku
Time: 4pm-11pm (Shows: 4pm, 5:55pm, 7:50pm, 9:45pm), a show is approximately 90 minutes.
Admission: 8,000 yen
Access: 5-min walk from JR and Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station