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KITTY IN A BOW TIE! JAPANESE CAT CAFES, DECO DOG CAFE, ALCATRAZ ER JAIL THEME RESTAURANT: FOOD NETWORK TV.


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Hello, squishy-faced feline in a bow tie! We’re in Calico Cat Cafe, Shinjuku. Many Japanese are unable to own pets (not enough time or space), so they come here to play with over a dozen cats.

My Pirates company arranged a TV shoot at this and other theme cafes, for Food Network’s “World’s Weirdest Restaurants.”

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First Mate Naomi had to wear a mask, since she’s allergic to kitties. This Scottish Fold reminded me of mine…

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… but nobody can hold a cuteness candle to Basil Farrow! Here is a photo of him as a kitten, in case you haven’t seen it.

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One day, I’ll live in a crazy cat-house like this.

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Then, the shoot went to the dogs.

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At Deco’s Dog Cafe, owners sit with their pets and eat the same food as them!

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My cat has a stroller too. Don’t judge…

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Moving on. Do you recognize these bloody mannequin heads? Yes, we’re back at Alcatraz ER, the haunted jail theme restaurant in Shibuya.

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Sexy nurses put you in handcuffs and lead you to your cell, where you order cocktails with floating eyeballs.

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Every so often, the lights go dark — and the monster prisoners escape! They run around, bust into your jail cell and scare you silly.

I took Andrew Zimmern here for an episode of “Bizarre Foods” Travel Channel. Above is the clip, and you can see all my TV hosting videos on my Biography page.

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Who knew danger and gore could be so much fun? Only in Japan.

You can see more of the horror mental hospital, cat and dog cafes in La Carmina’s book, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (Mark Batty, Random House).

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PS: Prague, Wave Gotik Treffen and Berlin were out of this world! I invite you to follow my Twitter and Instagram (lacarmina) for previews of my Go With Oh adventures.

Now I’m in Ohio (ohayo!); remember why? Here’s the reason…

Would you visit a cat, dog or bunny cafe? What is your favorite type of theme restaurant?

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  • Eli

     Love these pictures! Wah wah wish I was there!

  • Bern

     love it!

  • 4thwall

    Maoooooowwww (^W^)o

  • Francesca

    AWWWWW!!! Baby Basil is so cute I fainted…… <3
    Love the video, you're so beautiful, and I love those red boots!!!

    • Heheh my baby Basil!!!!!!! I like his fatness now

  • Wwr

    Thanks so much for sharing La Carmina! Your fabulous photos always brighten our day.

  • Bryan

    :o) ! Hope you had fun !

  • David

    I’d totally love to get Basil & Maru together! I’m sure they’d play all day.

  • Erik

    Wanted to give a shout out to you both- I also visited Alcatraz ER on my recent Japan trip thx to BF!

  • Moo

    great episode one of my favorites

  • Johnny

    Take me there

  • Ome

    Looks like i need to visit Tokyo soon. I like the fishing theme Resturant.

  • Jocyl

    awesome blog. A great read for all us Japan obsessed :D

  • Ching

    aww yeah! One day I wanna visit a cat cafe! xD*well I have my own..haha* Wish we’d have so awesome crazy theme restaurants too!

  • Jess

     Great blog! Saw you for the first time in Andrew zimmern’s Japan episode. :)

  • Joey

    Nice

  • Anna

     FUN

  • Kat – RocknRollBride

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute (ps i miss you!)

    • Miss you!!!!!!!! I will have photos for you in 2-3 days – first gotta give this speech aughghg

  • tank9

    Awesome!

    • You must visit a cat cafe one day!!

  • oh wow i wanna go to those places!!!!!

    • Soon I will post photos from a Hong Kong cat cafe, stay tuned!!