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All Hail Tokyo’s Robot Queen!

In five short years, Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant has become the stuff of legend. In
short, it’s a restaurant where guests are treated to a wild show involving oversized
radio-controlled animatronics, dancers, a rock band and more flashing lights and colors
than you can imagine. Owner Namie Osawa was working in the clothing industry and
wanted to start a new endeavor that would utilize the talents of her out-of-work dancer
friends. She conceived of Robot Restaurant as a nostalgic stop for the city’s throngs
of everyday working men and women. But today, she’s got one of the hottest joints in
town and is thrilled to welcome thousands of people who cross the ocean to see her
This Great Big Story was made in partnership with ANA.


This story is a part of our Flavors series, where we do so much more than play with our food. Come with us as we dive into deliciously different and tastefully off-beat stories in the culinary world.

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