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Final Fantasy Square Enix cafe, Shinjuku Robot restaurant, Kagaya Shinbashi: Tokyo’s weirdest theme restaurants.

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Bizarre theme restaurants are maintaining their stronghold on the Japanese imagination. While in Tokyo, I visited two new themed cafes — robots and Final Fantasy — and an old favorite, Kagaya. Read on for scantily-clad fem-bots!

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The Shinjuku Robot Restaurant has been raising eyebrows, for obvious reasons. I haven’t been to it yet, but apparently, 5000 yen buys you dinner inside a disco-neon space where women in bikinis para-para dance and battle each other on giant robots.

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To promote the recently-opened theme restaurant, a truck drives around blasting loud music, with these two fembot killer machines attached. (Address: B2F Shinjuku Robot Building, 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku)

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I did make it to the Square Enix Artnia cafe and gift shop, dedicated to all things Final Fantasy. (Address: Shinjuku Eastside Square, 6-27-30 Shinjuku)

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Artnia is a giant egg next to the towering Square Enix headquarters, where video game magic happens.

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Inside, you can buy stuffed toys and memorabilia of your favorite characters, and posters of FF’s Cloud. (Doesn’t he remind you of Sebastiano?)

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The Slimes (who are possibly the cutest villains ever) are popular Dragon Quest characters.

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We had lunch at Artnia cafe, which serves themed food. (Photography by First Mate Naomi)

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I ate every last bit of these chocolate-banana pancakes, fittingly stamped with a Chocobo bird.

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I’m afraid I’m not too familiar with Square Enix characters. Do you recognize the figures that adorn these sweets?

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How about these cute blue creatures?

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In the back, there is a Final Fantasy VIII concept art gallery that runs until April 28th.

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The character models are surrounded by dramatic lighting and mirrors. A fountain sits in the center.

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For us Pirates, no Tokyo TV mission is complete without a visit to Kagaya izakaya in Shinbashi. (Address: Hanasada Building B1F, 2-15-12 Shinbashi)

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I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, but Mark (the owner) has endless tricks and delights up his sleeve, including prank drinks and costume-crazy performances. You can glimpse the fun in this video of my 2010 visit.

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Hungry to learn more about Japan’s weird theme restaurants? I hope you’ll check out my book, which covers Ninja, vampire, Lock-Up, Christon, Alice in Wonderland, Princess, Butler and more.

Are you a Final Fantasy fan? Would you like me to visit and report on the robot restaurant? Tell me in the comments and on my Facebook.

PS: Tons of international travels coming up… can’t wait to announce where I’m heading next!

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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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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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