Ahhhh – my birthday eve in Tokyo, Japan. So many wonderful adventures awaited us this day from exploring Harajuku to experiencing the Robot Restaurant. You’ve got to continue reading this one!!
Fully rested from Day 3, we started out Day Four riding the “Women’s Only” passenger train car… after 9:30 AM. I wondered why there was a “Women’s Only” passenger car for the train and read more about it once I connected to wifi. I won’t go into much detail here, but you can read more about why here.
Our first stop: Harajuku
It was a beautiful day warm enough for a lighter jacket (oppose to the vegan leather jacket I had been sporting previous days) so I finally got to put on my fun jacket. Since we were going to Harajuku, why not dress in bright colors and fun prints?
Once we got to Harajuku, we decided to explore the Meiji Shrine first.
I didn’t take many pictures while there which is odd because I really liked my hair that day (LOL – you can see how I styled it here), but I did get an up-close picture of these barrels of sake! How beautiful!
After walking through the shrine grounds, we headed over to Takeshita Street – the trendy fashion spot! Yes, I saw a lot of teenagers. Yes, there we tons of shops. No, I didn’t spend any money on clothes, but YES – I bought a crepe because… life!
Mmmmm… so delicious!
We met some fellow HBCU Grads (how small is the world, really?) and we all decided to walk over to the Air Max Convention. We didn’t have wifi so we couldn’t register for it, but somehow – SOME WAY – we made it inside. Once inside, one of the kind staff members allowed us to use their iPad to register for the convention and that was that!
Always down for a photo op! Hubby and I got to choose which Air Max we wanted to come back into rotation and of course we chose Atmos Elephant!
Before we booked the trip to Japan, I watched Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on CNN as he explore Tokyo. In that episode, he visited this one spot that really peaked my interest – the Robot Restaurant. Knowing that I was down to go, Hubby booked us tickets for the 7:50 PM show!
When you get to the venue in Shinjuku (which, by the way, is kindaaaaaa sketchy… kinda) you have to first to go the ticket line whether you bought tickets online or on site and pretty much check-in. From there, you cross the street to the actual venue and wait upstairs in the lounge. While you’re waiting, you can order movie theatre food and drinks while jammin’ to the tunes of a human robot band.
About 20 minutes prior to show time, you will go all the way downstairs to the show room.
You can buy little snacks and drinks here, but, again, no five course meal. Being that it’s called the Robot Restaurant I found that quite strange, but I guess I’ve seen stranger things since that show has taken place. Oh, and once the show starts you can’t leave your seat until scheduled intermissions.
Words can’t really describe what I saw for the next hour and a half. There are, of course, robots and then there are people performing… and singing… and dancing… and acting… and screaming… and just… yea. Take a peek at these pics below:
I even caught a bit of it on video:
A ton of weird shit happened within the last 24 hours here in #Tokyo 🇯🇵, one thing being attending a show at the #RobotRestaurant in #Shinjuku. 🤖 . I’ll have to reserve everything I want to say in a dedicated blog post because it’s so much and these long IG posts ain’t cutting it, but this experience was a wild one. 😳 . For now, I’ll give you guys a glimpse of the show from my front row view! #enjoy 💜🦄 #stayweird #sensoryoverload
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There is nothing that happened after that is worth sharing besides me saying don’t go to Japan just to order pizza (which we did because we really needed a late night bite). It just ain’t a NY Slice!