Can I take your order?
Bikini-clad women operate a 3.6-meter-high custom-made female robot at the newly opened Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. The lower half of each robot resembles the iconic Japanese character Gundam on wheels, while its curvaceous human-like upper body is clad in a futuristic gladiator outfit. They have blonde, brown or red hair with blue or green eyes. Each is controlled by two bikini-clad women, who perch in a high seat attached to the robot’s stomach and control the facial features and legs using joysticks attached to the seats for the hour-long “Fighting Females” performance.
“The concept behind this restaurant is fighting, feisty females, and the robots are part of that theme,” said the club’s spokesman, who goes only by his last name, Watanabe. “Everything apart from the central component of the robots is made and assembled by us.”
After a short intermission, in which visitors enjoy a drink and a bento boxed meal that come with the 4,000 yen admission, the women reappear in military-themed costumes and charge onto the stage maneuvering the robot-vehicles, which move up and down between the crowds.
By the end of the hour-long spectacle, the dancers are aboard a miniature airplane that zips overhead as American rock music blares over the speakers. One last dance routine involving fairy costumes and light sabres, and the audience is ushered out of the theater.