Giant Female Robots On Wheels

Never a dull moment doing book research in Kabuki-chō…

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.

If you’d like to visit the Robot Restaurant the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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