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G-strings on the menu at Amrita’s naked dining pop-up

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Following in the shoeless footsteps of restaurants in London and Melbourne, the pop-up Amrita has a simple premise: diners must be naked before they are seated. Well, almost naked. Unlike other such pop-ups, guests in Tokyo will be provided with “paper underwear.” Whether this fig leaf is to satisfy patrons’ modesty or satisfy local hygiene laws is yet to be seen.

It’s also worth mentioning that Amrita isn’t the first restaurant made for the senses. Dark Dinner events involved blindfolded patrons trying food and having no idea what they are eating. But where Dark Dinner makes you dine blind, Amrita is truly an eyeful.

Amrita's website claims that it's importing

Amrita’s website claims that it’s importing “top class” male dancers for its pop-up event.

There are a couple of other rules as well. No phones or cameras, no tattoos (oh, Japan), and people can’t be “15 kg overweight.” Exactly what is the tipping point on the scale though is unclear. So yes, Amrita wants to celebrate the human body — as long as the body looks in shape. Oh, and nobody over 60 years old, please.

The restaurant’s website says that Amrita wants guests to have an au naturel experience where they can focus on the food, which happens to be organic, and nothing else — except maybe the waiters. According the event’s website, the pop-up is bringing in “top class” male dancers, dressed only in G-strings, who will be serving up meals and muscles.

If naked dining doesn’t seem intimidating, the prices may shock you. There are several different meals ranging from ¥12,000-80,000. Sadly for those emperors with no clothes, the ¥80K seats are all sold out during its three-day run from July 29-31. No details on what the top-drawer plans entail, however.

And if that wasn’t clear enough, Amrita’s website breaks down the process in eight simple steps, liberally translated here:

1. Show up, your heart pounding
2. ID check (making sure you are over 18 but under 60)
3. Strip — but don’t forget the paper undies
4. Hand over all cameras and cell phones
5. Strut to your table
6. Eat, or that is try to eat
7. Change back into your clothes
8. Go back into the sad, clothed world

Pop in to Tokyo’s latest pop-ups

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The “blink and you’ll miss it” pop-up trend is still booming and over this past year numerous establishments have opened up temporarily for business all over Tokyo. If you’d like a taste of pop-up culture, here are three new businesses that have just appeared. Just make sure you get there before the bubble bursts.

Going Merry One Piece Restaurant

Typical fare at Going Merry

Typical fare at Going Merry

The decor of this “One Piece” themed restaurant has been specially designed to resemble the interior of the pirate ship Going Merrry. On the menu of various pirate-themed dishes such as chicken leg branded with a skull and cross bones. Those who want to stock up on “One Piece” booty can purchase the limited edition merchandise on sale until the Dec. 15 in the same building on the second floor. “One Piece” is one of the hottest anime shows out right now, and people planning to visit are advised to ring ahead for a reservation.

The cafe opens Dec. 11 and closes its doors May 31, 2011. Ginza Meza Marche 11 F, Ginza 5-3-13, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Tel: 0120-299-034.

Mikey’s Cafe Nescafe

Fans of “Oh! Mikey” better rush down to Harajuku to enjoy a cup of coffee in the charming, but somewhat creepy, company of the Fuccon family. “Oh! Mikey” is a comedy TV show about an American family that have moved to Japan, in which, for some reason, all the characters are shop mannequins and speak fluent Japanese. The opening day of the cafe marked the 10th anniversary of the series and the occasion was also commemorated with the airing of a new episode and the release of the “Oh! Mikey Romance” DVD.

The cafe is open until Dec. 12. Jingumae 1-22-8, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Tel: (03) 6439 6555.

Coca Cola Eco Cafe @ RESPEKT

Fill out an eco questionaire with an iPad

This cafe’s rallying call is “Find Your Eco Style” and the space is designed to inspire young people to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It seats 110 customers and on display are t-shirts, hats and chairs all made out of recycled materials. There are 15 iPads available, which customers can use to fill out a questionnaire about their lifestyle habits. Once customers have filled out the quiz, it’ll suggest ways they can alter their habits to help save the environment. The menu features special cocktails made, of course, with Coca Cola.

The cafe is open until Dec.19  2F Shibuya-ku 1-11-1, Shibuya, Tokyo. Tel: 0120-308-509.


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