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Last fall, La Carmina & The Pirates filmed with Food Networks’s “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” for almost a month straight. Oh, the fun we had!

Did you miss out on the TV show? Don’t worry: I’ve uploaded video clips above and on YouTube.

Watch La Carmina and friends explore Tokyo’s wackiest theme restaurants, including Alice in Wonderland, maid cafe, Christon Cafe, monkey waiter tavern, and Zauo fishing boat.

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Since I couldn't upload clips from every single episode, here are behind-the-scenes photos from Shibuya Butlers Cafe. All the servers are foreigners, who speak English to help the customers practice.

ince many Japanese men lack romantic spirit, females come here to feel like Disney heroines. The butlers get down on one knee, and present them with a tiara!

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I’m wearing an h.NAOTO dress from Closet Child, and doll-like eyelashes. First Mate Naomi made the drawing of me in the first photo.

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More madness from the Food Network TV shoot: giving Bob Blumer a Goth makeover, and visiting the surreal frog-pond experience that is Kagaya.

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We adore the owner’s spastic performances. Here’s a previous post about Kagaya Tokyo.

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Someone’s about to jump out of the closet, wearing a bizarre costume.

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The whiskey squirts out of the statue’s… yeah.

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When you order a drink, you can choose a country and Mark will do a bizarre interactive performance. This one is “France.”

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Kagaya is possibly my favorite restaurant in the world. The food is delicious: I love the kabocha (pumpkin).

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On the other end of the scale… Mayonnaise Kitchen is the most disgusting theme cafe I’ve encountered.

Skull headband: gifted by Soho Hearts (check out the panda necklace I designed with them)
Blue and black dress: gifted by Iron Fist (I love their zombie shoes)
Black frilled Lolita jacket: Angelic Pretty, from Closet Child

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I explain the Japanese love of mayonnaise, especially the Kewpie brand, and how the ingredients and texture are a bit different from the Western version.

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Personally, I don’t get it. Every dish in this restaurant is doused in mayo — blehh.

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Hardcore customers even have their own personalized bottle.

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I also visited Sumire no Tenmado: a doll-like Gothic Lolita café, run by Kokusyoku Sumire (two classical musicians). Tim Burton drew Jack Skellington and left his signature on the wall.

Hungry for more? Want addresses, photos and stories? Check out my book, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo.

Did you enjoy watching us on this Food Network TV show? Which cafes did you like best? Please take a minute to see our video clips on YouTube!

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  • therealfriction

    arg! Captain Carmina has done it again!

  • Andria

    Omg I saw you a couple says ago on world’s wiredest restaurants and I like screamed when I saw you on tv. XD

  • Kewfug

    Keep up the great work lacarmina!

  • kawaiihoney09

    you are awesome lacarmina love ur vids

  • 742617000026SK

    Wow that’s marvelous!!

  • David

    Thank you so much! That was such a great day.

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    OMG!what an explicit experience in food and fiesta! XD

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      muahaha

  • Sam

    I’m not brave enough to watch myself on TV, so I will trust everything went ok. But I do want to check out the Kagaya clip; was thinking of heading there one day soon.

  • alexander

    Fun! Arr! Getting Lost in Shinjuku! Muahaha!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      hahaha

  • thebloodyrose

    omg a grell bartender! XD

  • Dr Mist

    OMG Grell Bartender. starts saving up .

  • asn

    SO KAWAII!!!

  • Sebastien

    ‎^_^ !!!!

  • Vero Nika

    thank you, it was fun! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      yayyy

  • Kage

    awesome video!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      thanks!

  • Suz

    Sheer delight! <3

  • elligons

    Grell was never a good butler. I would ask for Sebastian. At least then I could watch Sebastian dodge Grell’s kisses. Then order Earl Grey tea ^_^

  • http://hibarisensei.wordpress.com/ Jen

    I remember reading about Butlers Cafe and wondering what the appeal was, but then again, my friends and co-workers in Japan asked me why gaijin girls would be into Japanese men. Ah, the foreign appeal.

    Kagaya sounds like a fun place. I love restaurant owners who interact with customers even they’re really strange.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Yeahhh totally. There is a butler cafe in Ikebukuro, Swallowtail, where all the waiters are Japanese. It’s quite an experience, being waited upon hand and foot!

  • hugo

    Oh my goodness I NEED to go to Japan so I can experience all of this amazing-ness! :D looks like so much fun~

  • hagan

    you are so cute

  • Kaci

    I like mayo; but…
    -_-||
    well, it couldn’t have been that bad♥.