Finish Your Beer

September 25, 2007

Here’s a funny poster from a bar in Futamatagawa, Yokohama. It says “Finish your beer. There’s sober kids in India!” An amusingly sarcastic sentiment, but surely it’s lost on most of the customers in this suburban boozer.

Beer Drops

September 25, 2007

The other day in Yokohama’s Chinatown district I discovered tins of alcohol-flavoured sweeties named “Beer Drops.” I’m not entirely sure it’s wise to introduce kiddies to booze at an early age, but perhaps alcoholics could suck on these things at work, to prevent getting the shakes, in the same way chain-smokers make use of nicotine patches.


September 23, 2007

I spotted another establishment in Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa which makes colourful use of the English language.
When a lady wants a hair-cut, she usually looks for a hair salon which is stylish and sophisticated. And what could be more classy than a place named “Guts”?

Bruce Pee

September 23, 2007

This is a clothes shop in Shimokitazawa, a trendy area of Tokyo. Presumably most of the customers are incontinent kung-fu fighters.

DJ Cak

September 20, 2007

I’ve found another contender for the mantle of Japan’s most ridiculously named DJ. “DJ Cak” is hot on the heels of “DJ C*nt” and “DJ Pile of Dog Sh*t”

The Amazon Club

September 18, 2007

The mysterious “Amazon Club” in Yokohama, near Bashamichi station, is another oddball eaterie I recommend checking out. That is, if you can find the joint- the restaurant is hidden on a quiet, innocuous street, in the basement of an office building. Upon entering, you find yourself in a deserted and nondescript, old-fashioned waiting area, which is decorated in a way not dissimilar to the hotel in “The Shining,” where are small sign instructs you to speak into an antique black telephone, and then the staff will sneak out of a hidden door to usher you inside.

It’s not clear what the hell the theme of the restaurant is supposed to be, (as far as I can see it has nothing to do with the Amazon river.) I’m told it’s an attempt to replicate the spirit of the secretive hideouts that US soldiers frequented in the fifties. It’s a dimly lit, cavernous place full of unusual decorative objects, like Betty Boop statues and pickled snakes in laboratory jars. A large cage containing a giant green statue of the Creature from the Black Lagoon was hanging precariously over my table. A trip to the toilets involves navigating your way through numerous hidden doors, which you have to press switches and buttons to open. (This novelty can wear thin if you’re busting for a piss!)

The food and drinks were tasty, reasonably priced, and the eclectic menu included such exotic delights as cactus and scorpion, which you can enjoy while marveling at the bewildering decor.
All of this adds up to yet another typically demented and fun night out in Japan.

The Amazon Club
B1 Yokohama Bldg, 3-9 Kaigandori,
Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 231-0002
Tel: 045 664 6101
Website: The Amazon Club

Ill-Advised Name for a Bar

September 15, 2007

Here’s a picture of a late-night sports bar called “Bar Holic” in Kichijoji, Tokyo. Honesty is clearly their policy.