MYSTERIOUS – Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar, Shinjuku

I’ve done several novelty restaurants in Tokyo, including the Lock Up in both Shinjuku and Shibuya, but up til my last visit had managed not to pay a visit to a Space Age themed one in Shinjuku right near Don Quixote and the Lock Up. I’m referring to the imaginatively titled “Neotokyo Fooding Bar – MYSTERIOUS“.

It’s basically a bit space age, with cocktails called things like “Mercury” and “Uranus” and waitresses running around in pvc costumes.

The bar you can see here through the metallic mesh panel of our dining booth – it was lit a gorgeous moody blue colour. There were also ultraviolet strips running along the walls, and though it was dark and strange, it also felt cosy.

There are various sized rooms – ours was enough to fit 4 people, but there are larger ones like the tatami room below, and a few nooks for couples too!

I’d gone a little gyaru looking on this night, having made a big pouffy bun out of mauve fake hair, and wearing my circle lenses, pink lippy and darker than usual base. The Day of the Dead necklace I scored at Nude n Rude in Koenji.

So onto the food! This arrived, called the Mysterious omelette (714 yen), and it was very nummy, although swathed in slightly sinful mayo and katsu sauce. For my cocktail, I chose the Saturn (840 yen), which was yellow and blue – or green once I mixed it up. Other cocktail names included the Sun, Moon, Uranus, Earth, Mars, Pluto, Jupiter, Neptune…

Then came these prawns in a creamy dressing topped with caviar and served with salad, crispy deep fried lotus root chips and sweet potato strips. On the menu it was Hutoshi Akira shrimp mayonnaise and cost 1029 yen. Yep, this place aint cheap. But the dish was delicious. You just have to not fear the mayonnaise.

Mind you, the Starry Starry Fries only cost 556 yen, and we also had a tasty risotto cooked in a litte clay pot. The food is good, but small in portion, so don’t starve yourself before you come in here, and make sure you order enough.

For the menu and prices, see here.

Dessert was the loved-round-the-world fave, Creme Brulee:

Here’s a short clip from when I and my friends were in the Neotokyo Fooding Bar – along with a clip from shortly after when I saw them off to the station, which shows the temperature at the time was 30 degrees. It had got up to 37 when I was there, so 30 was positively cool!

So it has ambience and yummy food and drinks…but you need to have a few yen to dine there. If you went to only one novelty restaurant in your Tokyo stay, I’d probably go for the Lock Up nearby – but if you’re looking for somewhere new and have never before been, Mysterious is defo a cool place for a meal.

MYSTERIOUS Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar

1-16-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku Shinjuku Square Bldg B1F
JR Shinjuku Station East Exit 5 minutes walk  or 3 minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line

The Decadance Bar, Shinjuku, partying with kooky gothic friends

I think it’s about time I shared my party pics from the first fabulous weekend in Tokyo, when I attended the Decadance Bar for Seileen night. I wrote about the Decadance Bar here, but for the first time I got to actually experience it!!

It was as colourful as I imagined…

though possibly smaller, and with more penises everywhere!! Coco didn’t seem to mind…

The best part was catching up with old friends:

I’m here with Sisen and Selia of Seileen

With G-Sus, Sayaka and Tara. I first met G-Sus at Walpurgis back in March/April, but we chat like old friends now. Tara I met LAST March, in ’09, so it was great to catch up with her again too. Sayaka is a new friend – you make ’em all the time here!

With Shin, Kenny and Tara. Kenny is the “Mr Steampunk” of the Tokyo scene, and often sports fabulously coloured hair, like myself 🙂

BTW, I’m wearing Black Milk skeleton leggings, Deadlygirlz corset, red ruffled skirt from GeoMythik, and white ribcage necklace from MissX.

On the left, I’m seated on the colourful lounge with Jab. Midnight Mess Maya was on the decks for some of the night.

And how could I forget the barperson with the mostest, Kengo? Endlessly entertaining, this one!

And some of the other lovely patrons…like these girls..and La Carmina!

We were so busy chatting to our various friends and partying, that we didn’t get a single photo together this time!! Next time, Gadget…

This time around I did video a fair bit of Shinjuku streets, nightlife and parties…ya just gotta wait for me to upload and edit it all 🙂

Film-themed bar in Golden Gai, Kabukicho

Following on from my post on Sumire No Tenmado, I thought it would be worth mentioning the rest of that night – also spent in bars in the Golden Gai area of Kabukicho.

The three of us stumbled out into the laneway after hot chocolate and cake in the lolita bar – and wanted to experience a bit more of the Golden Gai before heading home. Valerie, Jim and I looked at various doors and posters outside the tiny establishments, and saw that this one had film posters plastered everywhere. Orright!

In we went, to discover that the owner had been an actor for many years, and was friends with names we know well – like director Takashi Miike! (To my dismay I can’t remember his name or that of his friend, or the bar – but I will find it again next month and let you know).

Soon we were having a lovely time and felt like old friends – see us being silly below:

You can really see how small these bars are – just enough for 5 or so. I’m standing by the front door to take this. Valerie doesn’t like being photographed really, so this is a rare one.
Next it was my turn to be in the picture and ham it up with the guys. I think you can see we were having a right laugh!
Valerie and Jim left to catch the last train home, but I stayed to chat and have a few more beers. Fun! Finally I stumbled out and WAS going to go home….but saw the light was on in my fave punk bar Hair of the Dogs as I passed – so I went in.  (See this post and this one for more on the bar).
This blurry pic accurately describes my rate of comprehension at the time:

Tohru the owner was pleased to see me – and invited me to his hanami party that Sunday.  I realised we were beginning to become friends, rather than just patron and punter. It felt good.

Kokusyoku Sumire, Sachi and Yuka. Sumire No Tenmado

Two of the most recognisable faces in the Tokyo Gothic lolita scene are the duo who make up Kokusyoku Sumire, Sachi & Yuka.  If you don’t know them, allow me to introduce you.

Those who have the Gothic & Lolita book will certainly recognise them – they’re in it. But who are they and why are they famous?

Sachi plays violin and piano, while Yuka plays accordion and piano and sings. They perform, model, and run a lovely Lolita Bar in the Golden Gai, called Sumire No Tenmado. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting there and taking tea and cake several times – although the very first time I visited, they were away in Hollywood visiting Tim Burton on the set of Alice in Wonderland!  (But I found my fave punk bar, so it all worked out).

In April this year however, the bar was open and I attended with Valerie from Tokyo Fashion & Art Factory and Jim of Horror High School. (BTW, a great article on Valerie’s blog was in the Japan Times in June). We met some illustrators while we were there – it’s quite bohemian that way!

Next time I will plan ahead and get some good photos of the cafe so you can see how charming it is, with little replicas of cakes, dolls, beautiful artwork and lolita touches everywhere. Yuka serves up delicious home-made cakes and pies with sinful cream and ice-cream, (or hot food if you prefer!)

It really is a must-see for any lolita, or any lover of japanese lolita culture. However, it is so small you may have to wait for a while before you can sit down.  Sumire No Tenmado is open for afternoon tea from around 5pm or in the evening (bar time) from around 8pm. Weekends and holidays it is tea time all day, 12 – 8pm.

Intrigued? Visit the Kokusyoku Sumire website to find out more about them.

Their latest album just released is called Alice in the Underground (see below), again with fantastical stylings, and they toured Europe with it in May this year. You can read more about them and their performances in their blogs – Yuka’s blog, and Sachi’s blog.

They have sumptuous visuals, as you can see:
I love their quirky sound! It’s sort of Rococo Gypsy Lolita. Here is a video so you can hear what they sound like:


As I mentioned, Sumire No Tenmado is in the Golden Gai, and the map is here:

You take the eastern exit from Shinjuku Station, walk down Yasukuni Dori, and look for Mister Donut on the corner of Kuyakusho Dori.

Then take the little lane next to Mister Donut that leads to the Hanazono Shrine. This leads you to the Golden Gai area.  It’s the 2nd or 3rd lane, on the upper floor.  Look for the sign – you’ll have to look up to see it!

Sumire No Tenmado
Kabukicho, Shinjuku 1-1-7-2F
Golden City Garden City Shinjuku third
03-3209-1204 03-3209-1204
Opening Hours:
Weekday / Saturday 16:30 to 23:30,
Sundays / Holidays 11:30 to 20:00
Ladies free, cover carge for gents.

Tokyo bars (again)

Still on the theme of bringing over blog entries from Live Journal last year, here’s one about all the bars/clubs I visited in the almost 3 weeks I was there last April:

While I was in Japan, I spent a fair bit of time in bars (no surprise there!) and showing people around cool places in Shinjuku. I should charge the bars commission 🙂
A list of nightplaces visited, mostly in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku:

Hair of the Dogs punk bar, Golden Gai, Kabukicho – twice, plus 2 drop ins to say goodbyes.
Godz metal bar, Kabukicho – 3 times
Mother alternative bar, Kabukicho – 3 times
Albatross, GG, Kabukicho – twice
Brians Bar, GG, Kabukicho – once
Sumire No Tenmado – Gothic Lolita Bar in Golden Gai – once
Advocates Bar, Nichome (gay area) Shinjuku – once
one a block up from advocates – twice
Gay karaoke bar, same district – once
Izakayas in west Shinjuku (Omoide Yokocho)to eat & drink – 3 times
Izakaya near Hotel Sunlite, Shinjuku – once
The Lock up, Shinjuku – once (it’s a theme restaurant, but a fun night)
Garageland, punk bar in Shibuya – once
2 in Shimokitazawa, and a couple in Osaka.

Places for gigs/clubs included the Shinjuku Marz, Ikebukuro Live Inn Rosa, Shibuya O-east and Shibuya O-west, and Club Que in Shimokitazawa.

Initially went places with Dom, Briony, Miki & U-tarou from Baal, and their friend Aki. Later I met up with aussies from home: Kat from melbourne, Catherine Wait and her hubby Ben, and Brendan & Tsuya, and showed them “my Shinjuku”.

Middle week/end I also met up with Ivan who lives there, and Elissa who was visiting.

And in the last week, I met 3 boys from Madrid – Roberto, Raul and Torcuato – who showed me Mother, which is now my fave bar there. Good times. Very good times.

And a few pics:

Me and the Madrid boys in metal bar Me and the Madrid boys in metal bar

This was in Godz

Hair of the Dogs punk bar Hair of the Dogs punk bar

Tohra the owner, and the barmaid

Me & Madrid boys in Mother Me & Madrid boys in Mother

the locals in Mother the locals in Mother

It was going off, mate!

Aya, the barmaid Aya, the barmaid

You can just see the cd currently playing,in the middle bottom shelf near the drinks, which is the Cult.