Kabukicho

24-hour gyoza restaurant in Tokyo’s Kabukicho is full of garlic and meat, has a lot of heart too

There’re a lot of reasons to want to visit Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza, but their importance goes even beyond the vast range of savory dumplings.

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Japanese boy celebrates 8th birthday dressed as a host at a club in Tokyo’s Kabukicho

The Internet can’t decide whether this is insanely cute or a prime example of terrible parenting.

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We visited the awesome Ninja Trick House in Tokyo!

Use a Japanese sword and throw shuriken stars like a ninja for less than ten bucks in the heart of Tokyo!

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The pink glow of these Tokyo streets are like scenes from a stunning anime film

Transport yourself to a bustling, real-life anime world with this breathtaking photo collection.

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Our Japanese writers audition for upcoming Yakuza 6 game, get sexy pictures taken

We sent six of our most dashing writers to a photo studio for some glamour shots at an appearance in the new Yakuza 6 video game.

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Shinjuku’s giant Godzilla statue gets a new addition, reminds us that fresh breath matters

Everyone’s favourite tokusatsu titan has a very important message for the people of Shinjuku this week.

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Planned Shinjuku attraction to offer “real life” spy experience—complete with laser tripwires!!

The attraction will task guests with navigating a compound using their wits and spy skills and will even feature a laser tripwire obstacle course. A LASER TRIPWIRE OBSTACLE COURSE!

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50-man yakuza brawl broken up by 100 police leads to four arrests

Police were luckily able to return all the fighters to Adventure Mode before any serious injuries were sustained.

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Mystery in Shinjuku as woman plunges to death on visiting restroom

A bizarre death occurred in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, Tokyo recently as a 22-year-old woman died after falling nine stories during a visit to the restroom. Although suicide hasn’t been entirely ruled out, this appears to be a case of highly unusual building practices as a door opening onto a sheer drop was also present in the room.

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We try a “half-raw chicken cutlet” at Suda Shoten, it’s even rawer than advertised!

Always on the pulse of new restaurant openings, Mr. Sato hit the streets of Kabukicho to try out a new grilled chicken (yakitori) establishment. It was opened in conjunction with Jiromaru, a barbecued beef place much loved by our reporter for its small portions but interesting variety of cuts.

Because of the association with Jiromaru, Mr. Sato’s expectations were high for Sumibi Yakitori Suda Shoten. However, as he approached the menu posted in front, one item in particular shocked the man whom we thought unflappable after attempting to eat a cheeseburger with over 1,000 strips of bacon.

It was a breaded chicken cutlet but written in parentheses was “half-raw.” Sure, steaks are often ordered in such a way, but chicken?! And so Mr. Sato, who doesn’t know the meaning of “salmonella,” went in to try some out.

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Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan’s “King of Hosts”

Meet Naoki. He pulls down US$30,000 a month, has his own TV show and music group, and is called “an ideal man” by one of his many woman clients. Is he some kind of doctor or finance wizard to be making that kind of dough? Nope, he’s a host, one of scores of men that work in the seedy bars of Kabukicho, drinking with the ladies of the capital and charging them for the privilege.

A new video by VICE Japan takes a look at Naoki’s bizarre and booze-soaked world.

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Losing your Japanese host club virginity: a guide for the ladies

Every woman deserves to be treated like a princess sometimes. Plied with champagne, pampered, flattered and adored. What if you could go to a luxurious bar and receive this kind of attention, from the man (or men) of your choice, selected at whim from a “menu” of attractive males?

This is one extracurricular activity you can get up to in Tokyo. It helps if you speak Japanese, but you might even find a host who’s fluent in English. This actually happened to my mother when we visited Shinjuku together. A good-looking, very well-groomed young man in a suit approached us and propositioned us in a strong Australian accent. I tried to explain to her what a visit would entail—it’s not a brothel, women go there to enjoy male company and attention. We didn’t end up going to a host club that night, but recently one intrepid RocketNews24 reporter took one for the team and visited one of these fine establishments, along with three friends. She spills the beans on her first time!

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