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STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS.


STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

Where am I? In a retro toy store with Luke of Chaos Royale? Not even close. We’re in Star Cafe, the Visual Kei bar in Kabuki-cho where spiky-haired groups like Anti-Feminism drink after playing a live. (For the record, they didn’t understand the meaning of the band name when they picked it…)

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How typical of Japan… the cute and the hardcore, blended together seamlessly.

STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

Naomi and I had a full day of shooting with Norway TV, but we still had energy left for an after-after-party. We decided on the vintage whiskey.

STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

There’s a rack of Cure Magazines, so you can do shots while flipping through the pages.
Lolita rose headdress: gifted from My Velcroe by Emily Blong. (I wore it on the Norway TV shoot… more photos to come.)
Skull t-shirt: Super Lovers, from Closet Child

STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

What’s the proper thing to do when a customer falls asleep at the bar? Take photos involving Cookie Monster and V-fingers, of course!

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Star Cafe is well-stocked with alcohol and J-rock DVDs.

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Mistress Maya, “Queen of Kabuki-cho,” comes here frequently.

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Visual Kei band posters cover the walls, like in my bedroom.

STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

STAR★CAFE is located at 2F 1-11-5 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
How to get there: walk toward Studio ALTA from Shinjuku station (East exit). Cross the main avenue (Yasukuni Doori), walk in a front street (Kabuki-cho Ichibangai), and you will arrive at Shinjuku Koma Theater. Opens 11:00pm.

STAR CAFE TOKYO: VISUAL KEI & HEAVY METAL JROCK BARS IN KABUKI-CHO, SHINJUKU. CURE MAGAZINE, POKEMON PILLOWS & TOYS. Gothic rock bands, anti-feminism, j-rock, cds, downloads, mp3s, theme bars in tokyo, gaijin tonic, weird theme restaurants, small alternative bars, golden gai, gellonimo, hair metal japan, funniest weirdest clubs in the world

Want to see more photos from Tokyo Visual Kei bars? I visited Visual Kei Bar Zin, Fu-ki’s Bar Midian, and Osaka’s Moonwalk and Rock Rock.

What type of bars do you prefer? In addition to headbanger bars, I love retro/absinthe/burlesque establishments…

PS: come read my latest CNNGo article about 10 extremely extreme sports involving yaks, angry bulls and the North Korean border. Also, my CNN picks for best travel destinations in 2011. Sichuan, Himalayas, Bolivia and more.

Japanese Word of the Day: Sonzai = Existence or being
Song of the Day: Anti-Feminism – Tokage

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