Even if you haven’t been to Tokyo, you might have heard about Roppongi, Tokyo’s infamous nightlife district. There are countless clubs, bars, and restaurants open until the wee hours of the morning. As many embassies and foreign companies are located in the area, foreigners from all over the world come here to dance, drink and party.
Right in the heart of Roppongi, close to the station in a backstreet, “KAGUWA Roppongi” – not your average cabaret pub – opens its doors every evening to entertain its guests with great food – and a spectacular dance performance.
Hot or cold?
There are two shows every night– on weekends, there is even a special afternoon show (perfect if you are visiting Tokyo with children or like to go to bed early).
There is plenty of time to eat before the show. When you buy a ticket, you can either choose to buy a ticket and food combo or just buy a ticket and order at least one item each from the food and drink menus before the show starts.
There are various types of food sets presented in a handy bento box. And (quite unusual for Japan), there is even a vegetarian option! Be aware that bento is normally not warm food, so if you aren’t into cold food, you should have a look at the à la carte menu. My friends and I had a variety of choices from the menu and my personal recommendation is the fried chicken!!
Meeting the stage performers
While you’re eating, the performers of the evening will come to your table to say “hi”, introduce themselves with their name card and have a short chat. This was actually one of the parts of the show I enjoyed the most. It was nice to meet and greet the performers and get a glimpse of them before they go on stage. The “KAGUWA” performers are really extraordinary. One-third is men, one-third is women… and the rest of the dancers are in drag. The latter play female parts during the performance – just like the actors do in Japanese kabuki theater.
The motto of the “Neo Japanesque” show is “stronger than men, more beautiful than women”. During the show there will be subtle undertones of homo-eroticism at times – which will earn them cheers of appreciation and applause from repeaters and fans – also a tradition known from kabuki.
The show itself is a mixture of extravagant costumes, lavish dance performances paired with samurai sword fighting scenes and some comedy parts in between. The was no ongoing story, rather a mixture of different short stories, set in a time about 100 to 200 years ago in the red-light district.
The whole show – which, by the way, has English surtitles – takes place on a moving stage that keeps changing its layout – even while the performers are dancing. Parts of the stage can rise up to the ceiling, revealing other parts hidden below the stage floor. Really quite impressive!
After the show ended, we had the opportunity to take a group picture together with the dancers as well as head of the company. The food, the stage, the chat with the dancers, all that made this night unforgettable. If you want to know what a Japanese cabaret pub looks like, go on their website and reserve your tickets right now!