Just another night in Kabuki-chō – stylishly mufflered hosts trying their damnedest to charm women off the street and into their clubs, hucksters with their ero-comics laid out for sale on blankets along the main boulevard, and giant female robots being trailered through the streets.
Accompanied by a billboard truck blasting ads, these beauties were shilling for the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. A chain of eateries in which the cuisine is clearly not the main attraction, Robot Restaurant features a bevy of women posing as rather scantily-clad robots who dance and play taiko drums while shaking their nuts and bolts three times a night.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!