The Robots of Kabukicho

As we walked down a few flights of stairs through a descending bright corridor of glitter, mirrors, multi colored lights, and photos of women in camouflage wielding machine guns, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, the woman behind the counter at the Tocho information center that I had visited earlier in day could not fathom what would be so interesting about coming here in the first place, handing over directions with a trace of disgust.

An evening spent at the Robot Restaurant, located in a basement in the heart of Tokyo’s infamous Kabukuchi district, is an evening of sensory overload. A evening where cabaret style entertainment meets Japanese pop culture; where scantly dressed women and power rangers battle robots and monsters under laser lights to a mind-bending soundtrack of high-pitched voices, taiko drums, and techno beats.