Nippon Express – 80 Days in Tokyo

happenings and experiences during my stay at RICOH Software R&D, Tokyo

Busted! February 24, 2008

Had a superb weekend again. This time the focus was on event bars. BUT FIRST! What’s a good weekend without a rollercoaster ride, so before going out we headed across the street (!) to Tokyo Dome City and rode the Thunder Dolphin rollercoaster (yes, we have an amusement park right next to our office; actually it is more of an entertainment venue, not a real amusement park. You can also go there for food or shopping. And baseball of course.). The rollercoaster isn’t just a normal rollcoaster, it is actually built on top of the building complex. In fact, at one point during the ride you will go right through a hole in the roof (which is probably a good 80 meters from the ground). You can take the virtual ride by watching the clip below (which I didn’t shoot by the way, found it on youtube).

Afterwards a Japanese friend of ours took us to a place called “Lock Up” in Ikebukuro. It’s a bar/diner which is modelled after a dungeon and where you eat and drink inside a prison cell! The waitresses are all dressed up rather naughty and at the front door they will hand-cuff you and take you to your cell. Cocktails are served in glasses from chemistry supplies, which is a pretty cool idea. During your stay, all kinds of weird things happen, like once in a while the lights will turn off and the music gets very loud and dark and funny people dressed up in halloween costumes will run around and scare you off! It’s really cool.

Funny drinks in “Lock Up”Scary guy in “Lock Up”

On Saturday I went to a similar diner called Ninja Akasaka. It is also some kind of event restaurant/bar but here, everything is done in Ninja-style. This place is really cool. Like when you enter, a Ninja will guide you through the only dimly lit and very confusing interior to your room (I think this place even has trap doors). Compared to Lock Up, it is slightly more pricey, but the food is really excellent and after your meal, a Ninja magician will come to your room and do cool tricks. Here’s another video I found on youtube, you should watch it all to the way to the magician. We had another one, but they are both really good.