Tokyo’s version of the naked dining experience is slightly different to its overseas counterparts.
Hot on the heels of naked restaurant openings in London and Australia, Tokyo has now announced its own body-baring establishment, set to open here on July 29. Called “The Amrita”, (Sanskrit for “the immortality”), Tokyo’s version of the naked dining experience is marginally more sedate than its overseas counterparts, but it’s also a little stricter too.
Here, customers will be revealing their skin but keeping their nether regions covered, with “paper underpants” provided by the restaurant. That doesn’t mean they’re shying away from the adventure of body-baring during dinner, though, with the opening event based around an “Adam and Eve” style banquet and featuring “men with the world’s most beautiful bodies” as waiters, set to entertain patrons while dressed in nothing but skimpy g-strings. Along with the delights of an organic menu, diners will be able to feast their eyes on a “Men’s Show” dance performance on stage featuring only the best of the best American and European male models.
There are restrictions, however, on who can enter, with the restaurant denying entry to people with tattoos; those outside the 18 – 60 year-old age bracket; and those who are 15 kilograms (33 pounds) over “average body weight”. To clarify this point, entrance guidelines stipulate that weight is measured in correspondence to a person’s height, suggesting that Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations may be used to determine access. Diners who don’t appear to be within the desired weight range upon arrival will be weighed at the door and if they are found to be overweight, they will be denied access with no refunds.
According to the restaurant website, those who enter will go through a reservation check to confirm their age, and then head to an area where they will take off their clothes and put on paper underwear provided by the restaurant. After locking phones and cameras away in the table-top box provided, they will then be led to their table. While inside, diners are not to call out to other customers or touch other people’s bodies. After the meal, patrons will get dressed and then leave the restaurant.
The Amrita is proving to be popular, with a number of tickets for the dinner and show event, which range from 12,000 – 80,000 yen (US$112 – $563), already sold out. Regular restaurant reservations not including the show can be purchased for 14,000 yen, 18,000 yen or 28,000 yen, depending on the course menu selected.
According to the official homepage, both types of reservations will be available on the nights of 29, 30 and 31 July. While the site also says the location of the restaurant will be revealed to diners by confirmation email, the “Japan Preparation Office” is currently listed at 3-13-14 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo. With no word yet as to whether this will be a regular event or a pop-up restaurant for three days only, we’ll have to wait for more details to reveal themselves closer to the opening date in July.
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