Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants by La Carmina


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CRAZY, WACKY THEME RESTAURANTS: Tokyo, Japan

Words and photos by La Carmina
Published by Mark Batty/Random House
Released internationally September 2009

Book Tour included NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles.

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"a beautifully-designed volume full of photos and essays chronicling author La Carmina's journey into the world of fetish restaurants in Japan." -BoingBoing

"Think of it less as a guidebook and more as a ghost train ride where whimsical, madcap and absurd images of some 30 theme restaurants materialize at every turn [...] Her tales flow effortlessly, with erudite explanations of what she sees in Tokyo's many subcultures [...] Brace yourself for a kitsch fix." -The Vancouver Sun

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Description: Hello, may I take your order... and handcuff you to your cell? Theme restaurants are big in Japan, and no experience is complete without monster attacks, sneaky ninja waiters, or French maids that fall to their knees and offer to clean your ears.

La Carmina takes you on a tour of Tokyo's most outrageous dining establishments, with jaw-dropping photos of the costumes and interiors. Her adventures include a haunted jail, Dracula's lair, Wonderland, Little Hong Kong, and cafes where women are served by waiters dressed as schoolboys. Her advice: stay away from the "God-made-humberger" at the Jesus-themed cafe...  

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Vampire Cafe in Ginza, Goth theme restaurant where people dress up as vampires, serve crucifix cake and bloody decorated theme food. Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants Tokyo book by La Carmina. Japanese odd wild theme restaurants, maid cafes, such as Alice in Wonderland, Vampire, Ninja, Alcatraz, Lock-up. Interiors of Japan bizarre theme eateries, food photographs. Mark Batty Publisher art and pop culture book

La Carmina, mistress of the hugely popular Gothic travel and culture website, has traveled all over Tokyo to document insanely themed eateries. Traditional dishes like sushi, rice balls and curry get tricked out thanks to theme restaurants inspired by everything from religions to animals. Waitresses dressed as maids slap you when you lose a food version of Russian roulette that concludes with a mouthful of wasabi; a drunken Buddhist monk imparts wisdom; boy-toys dote on female customers; ninjas deliver menus and throw food. With stories as quirky and singular as the restaurants she visits, illustrated with photographs of the food, menus, interiors and waiters, Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo reveals an astonishing and utterly fascinating niche of dining in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

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This is a La Carmina book, featuring her spooky friends who are participants in the underground Japan scene. For our field trip to the Alice in Wonderland cafe, Yukiro Dravarious transformed into the Cheshire Cat. Each chapter has a lively writeup about our adventures.

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The Wizard of the Opera theme restaurant was fun to shoot.

Dying to see more cute maids, schoolboys, ninjas, monsters, and bartenders in frog suits? Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants can now be ordered from Amazon. Thanks for your support – I promise to keep sharing my love of J-pop madness with you!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Spook-tastic

1. Alcatraz
2. The Lock-Up
3. Ninja
4. Vampire
5. Ghost

II. Another Time and Place
6. Niagara Curry (Trains)
7. Sumire no Tenmado (Gothic Lolita)
8. Seiryumon (Little Hong Kong)
9. Puroland (Hello Kitty)

III. Storybook
10. Alice in Wonderland
11. Phantom of the Opera
12. Valley of the Fairies
13. Princess Heart

IV. The Gods Must Be Angry
14. Christon
15. Miko (Shinto Temple Girls)

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V. Maids and Cosplay
16. A Place Called Akihabara
I. MIA
II. Mailish
III. Melty Cure
IV. Cos-Cha
17. Hibari-tei (Drag Maids)
18. Love-All (Suits and Spectacles)
19. Butler
20. Edelstein (Schoolboy)

VI. Tipsy Theme Bars
21. Vowz (Buddhist Priest)
22. Kagaya (Puppets and Costumes)

VII. Animal-Mania
23. Pig
24. Cat
25. Dog
26. Monkey

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Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods Vancouver, Canada, tv host

In a popular episode of Bizarre Foods on Travel Channel, La Carmina took Andrew Zimmern to the craziest theme restaurants in Tokyo. They ate inside a haunted jail together! See the clips and more on her TV hosting and bio page.

She also co-hosted episodes of a Food Network TV show "World's Weirdest Restaurants", in Japan's creepiest theme restaurants. She and Naomi Rubin were the Tokyo fixers (translators, location scouts, local production coordinators) for all 14 Japan episodes. Their company, La Carmina & the Pirates, has arranged and presented shows for Discovery TV, Travel Channel, Fuel, National Geographic, NHK. Visit their TV production site for more info and to hire them.


See the Food Network video clips above and here. More photos from the shoot here.

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MORE INFORMATION

+ BLOG: La Carmina's writings on wild Tokyo theme cafes
+ La Carmina's Cute Yummy Time bento cookbook


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