Robot Restaurant.

This is the craziest most awesome place in the whole world I believe. It could only have come out as a product of Japanese minds.

I intend to let the pictures speak by itself, because there are really no words that can accurately describe what that place is. But I’ll try.

In the heart of Kabuki-cho lies Robot Restaurant. Is it a restaurant? Is it a strip club? Is it a mecha-thing-place? A game shop? It’s all that and maybe more. Except a restaurant.

You start lining up with everybody else at the very flashy entrance, that has the two giant robot ladies that we saw the very first time strolling around the streets in Shinjuku.

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The ones we see in the street.
The ones we see in the street.
Because robots also play guitars, okay?
Because robots also play guitars, okay?
Only a small sample of why we couldn't find the lift door.
Only a small sample of why we couldn’t find the lift door.

Once in, the flashiness is so intense that you loose it. It all kind of a blur of different colours, animals, mirrors, lights and whatnot. We were so confused that we got lost. We went down a flight of stairs that had pretty girls in princess-mononoke-like masks sitting on each step, and when the stairs where done and I face forward (I was hypnotised by the girls) I see a big bulky robot, that turned around to reveal his bright green eyes.

the robot!
the robot!

After the initial shock we realised that we were not supposed to be there (no one said anything to us) so we went up the stairs and found the elevador that we were supposed to go in.

Once the elevador opens its doors we find ourselves in a humongous room with sea-shells giant chairs and glass opulent tables, were a girl in a minimal cat suit sat us. On our table – surprise! – a robot dinosaur that – surprise! – reacts to our touch. It behaves like a pet. And it’s creepy. And adorable. And creepy.

The creepy-adorable pet. I couldn't stop petting it.
The creepy-adorable pet. I couldn’t stop petting it.
work attire.
work attire.

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many tourists around.
many tourists around.
Enjoying his birthday gift!
Enjoying his birthday gift!
mirrors on the ceiling.
mirrors on the ceiling.

We have a drink and then start to hear music, violins and pianos and all of the sort, are being played by some very professional musicians that are somehow dressed like silver power rangers. It’s awesome.

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She was very nice.
She was very nice.

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And then we are directed to the true thing. The moment we had been eagerly waiting! A room lined up with chairs on both sides and completely dark. But there’s about to be light.

I’m pretty sure the entire show has a storyline, but it’s just very confusing and difficult to follow with SO MUCH going on. You have girls in drums facing more girls in drums, and then a pterodactyl appears and the robots as well and there’s a fight between good and evil and out of the jungle comes the Kung Fu Panda to save the day, but it’s actually a spider that kills the evil queen that is going to be eaten by the giant snake.

let the show start!
let the show start!

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These were the girls we found on the stairs.
These were the girls we found on the stairs.

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yeah. Pretty jaw-dropping.
yeah. Pretty jaw-dropping.

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The evil queen.
The evil queen.
eaten by a giant snake.
eaten by a giant snake.

See what I mean? That’s not even half of it!

There isn’t much more I can say about the show, but even for some of you who are now thinking this is completely insane, yes, you are absolutely right. But it’s a right-kind of insane. You are absolutely engaged and in awe with every little detail you can get your eyes on. It’s an amazing and very unique experience, completely totally and utterly magnificent.

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Those bikes were real and amazing!
Those bikes were real and amazing!
The end of the show.
The end of the show.
too bad I didn't get her.
too bad I didn’t get her.

If you get a chance to go, don’t hesitate for even a second, go.

Asakusa and the Skytree.

Back in July, on the 18th was Keoshi’s birthday, so we knew we had to push it to the limit, even if being in Tokyo was already pretty much doing that.
We strolled around Asakusa, bought a crazy amount of stuff, ending up with our hands full of bags right at the beginning of the day and just walked to the skytree area.

flexibility, eh?
flexibility, eh?
Birthday boy!
Birthday boy!
This was deeeeeelicious.
This was deeeeeelicious.
The entrance to the wonderful Asakusa.
The entrance to the wonderful Asakusa.
Incense is good for our health.
Incense is good for our health.

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Beautiful.
Beautiful.

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Happy!
Happy!

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Besides the obvious places what I really love about Tokyo (and pretty much any city) is losing myself in it, and we know how to do that just right. The neighbourhoods we went through were amazing. Completely normal and average for Japan standards, but for us, totally awesome.

Don't have to read Japanese to know what that means.
Don’t have to read Japanese to know what that means.

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Arriving to Sumida.
Arriving to Sumida.
A couple! Very rare sight.
A couple! Very rare sight.
Isn't this awesome?
Isn’t this awesome?
This ice-cream was called Wicked in honor of the Wicked Witch of the West (the musical). While they served the ice cream, the shop crew would sing a song, specifically for you!
This ice-cream was called Wicked in honor of the Wicked Witch of the West (the musical). While they served the ice cream, the shop crew would sing a song, specifically for you!

When we got to the skytree we went up and we saw a never-ending city from above, and that drew us in even more — so much to see, so much to get lost in!

Infinity.
Infinity.

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scary?
scary?
Dinner.
Dinner.

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The day was awesome, but what was about to come was even better…

Hope you enjoyed!

back to Tokyo.

The first day back in Tokyo we headed out to try something very different — Ramen. Ah but not the usual kind of Ramen, a deconstructed Ramen.

The flavours were incredible, and I can still remember how decadent that fried chicken was, how it fell from the bone, how juicy and flavourful it was and so so crispy on the outside. The bowl of broth was also packed with deliciousness, but it was so fatty, that I could not finish it — it was the very first time I did not end a meal in Japan, I honestly felt a bit embarrassed, but I just couldn’t sip more of that thick broth.

that chicken and that egg......!
that chicken and that egg……!

The broth.
The broth.

It was definitely an awesome experience, and a new way of eating something so traditional in Japan. Definitely a place to go back to.

After a quick stroll around Akihabara, we went to Ueno, and back to Akihabara (yay for JR passes!).

Baseball is the national sport in Japan, so we went to spy on a batting center.
Baseball is the national sport in Japan, so we went to spy on a batting center.
Akihabara.
Akihabara.

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In Ueno we strolled around Ueno park trying to spot Shinobazu pound. It was tough to spot because it didn’t really look like a pound, due to the huuuuge water-lilies growing all over the water. It was so so beautiful.

We then went back to Akihabara, for another stroll.

Water lilies ftw.
Water lilies ftw.
Small flea market.
Small flea market.
Beautiful places.
Beautiful places.

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Super mario!
Super mario!

Hope you enjoyed!

Go Tigers! and back to Tokyo.

I don’t know how to play baseball, I’ve never watched a baseball game, I never held a baseball hat… But I’ve read enough baseball mangas to get a feel of the game. Hanshin Tigers and the Koshien stadium where no strangers to me, ever since I was a teenager, so being able to sit there and watch this game was incredible. It was definitely one of the high points of our trip. We had great fun , we suffered until the very end, and we won, the very last minute. Just like in a manga!
We have to thank Atsuko once again, because she was the one who bought us tickets and took us to the stadium. We had a terrific time!

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more pics after the jump