Never has a man looked as overwhelmed as traveling chef Anthony Bourdain during a recent episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown. Bourdain, the man who famously eats everything put in front of him, paid a visit to Tokyo. The episode dealt heavily in Tokyo’s prominent sexuality, as well as hentai and their love of sexy tentacles (cue repressed shudder).
In Bourdain’s travelogue A Cook’s Tour, he writes of Tokyo as one of his very favorite cities. However, in this episode, Bourdain ate a meal at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Kabukicho district which made him feel incredibly uncomfortable. The restaurant’s show features scantily clad girls in costume and giant girl-shaped robots.
On the Parts Unknown website, Bourdain asks: “Is Japan simply crazier and kinkier than we are? Does this detail-oriented Sodom and Gomorrah relate somehow to their incredible and varied perfectionist cuisine? And is anyone, in the middle off all this madness, actually getting laid? . . . If you ever saw the uncut version, your heads would explode.”
Here’s Bourdain watching the sex-fueled insanity…
And here’s a list of truly bizarre Robot Restaurant Attractions, as compiled by Eater:
- Ominous narration
- A light show
- Pole dancers
- An all-lady marching band
- Monkeys driving tanks
- Panda ninjas
- Glow sticks
- Robots in rainbow clown wigs
- Giant robots driven by scantily clad women
Watch the whole uncomfortable clip here.