Robot Restaurant was a spur of the moment thing. I went for drinks with some guys from the hostel and they were going. And, there was a deal on at Viator.com. So I thought, what the hell (#yolo or #fomo)?
And what the hell was three words that popped into my head numerous times through out the show.
First of all, Robot Restaurant is not a restaurant. I mean, you could buy food there. But it probably would’ve been over-priced and not good. What I mean is that the ticket price – which, holy moly, is it outrageous – does not include food of any sort.
So, the price. The price is ¥8000. You can buy the entrance tickets online at japanican for ¥5500 which is like $65 CAD. Orrrr, I bought it on Viator for $55 USD. Which, would’ve been a sweet deal when we were on par. But, not so much when $55 USD equals $75 CAD. Which, is still less than the Canadian equivalent of the full price rate. I guess I still kinda came out ahead?
So, for $75 you get “an evening of eye-popping entertainment at the Robot Restaurant”. Eye-popping indeed. Entertainment it was.
Robot Restaurant is located in the Kabukicho red-light district in Shinjuku so it was well within walking distance of the hostel. We got a whopping 60 (75? 90? Time seizes to exist in Robot Restaurant) minutes of wtf’s and omg’s, a probably not licensed costume of Po from KungFu Panda (which, Asian so obviously there had to be a panda?), and poor storyline told in the way of crappy anime.
Also, $75 buys you entertainment and one whopping free drink.
Not to be completely negative it was actually quite entertaining. It was a confusing, yet amusing, show.
There were lots of seizure inducing flashing lights:
Dance off between horse masked men:
Barely dressed kawaii/scary Japanese gals:
and lots of j-pop ❤ ❤ <3.
Was it worth the $75? Perhaps not. Am I glad I partook in the tourist-trap madness? Perhaps. Could they have hired me to consult on their branding efforts?
Definitely. (Is that Times New Roman?)