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Performers appear on stage for the show finale at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku district. The popular restaurant attracts more foreign visitors than Japanese customers each night.

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The popular restaurant attracts more foreign visitors than Japanese customers each night.

Love it or hate it, the popularity of this place with overseas visitors is astounding, and has become a must-visit destination particularly for European visitors and those from the English speaking world. I hear non-Japanese people visiting or living short-term in Japan talk about this place all the time.

I suppose one thing to explain Robot Restaurant's popularity is that it embodies much of the stereotype overseas of modern Japan — robots, bright lights and a touch of perversion.

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you can't really call it a stereotype if they are performing it

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Google Map says it is in Kabuki-cho...

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The popular restaurant attracts more foreign visitors than Japanese customers each night

Aha! I'd actually gone out of my way to check it out on YouTube. Yes I got it, and upbeat music was blaring. And yes, I think it makes sense that the show gains popularity among non-Japanese while the average Japanese people might be taken aback. Yes, to put it simply, incredibly glaring and blaring.

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I think it makes sense that the show gains popularity among non-Japanese while the average Japanese people might be taken aback.

Japanese people like it too. I've been with a few.

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Japanese people like it too. I've been with a few.

Really! It kinda dates me. ;‑)

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I saw this show a few months ago. When I left, I had that kind of ringing in my ears you experience after a rock concert. It is NOISY! But it was something of a visual spectacle. And yes, it is in Kabukicho.

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Society of Spectacle.

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This place is doing good business. It was only 3,000JPY when it opened a few years ago. It just went up to 8,000JPY in March. The every increasing price is probably one reason why the number of foreigners outnumbers the Japanese. It is more expensive that Disneyland and you get no food (unless you pay even more). It's just one of Tokyo's most blatant tourist traps at this point.

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