"Save the whales..."

Apparently there will soon be a "naked restaurant" opening in Japan- and NO FAT CHICKS (or chubby dudes) are allowed:
Japan’s first “naked restaurant” opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry — podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat. 
Following the lead of establishments in London and Melbourne, “The Amrita” — Sanskrit for ‘immortality’ — also has strict age restrictions, with only patrons between 18 and 60 allowed in, after they check in their clothes and put on paper underwear provided by the restaurant. 
“If you are more than 15 kilos (33 pounds) above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation,” a list of rules posted on the restaurant’s website states, explaining that patrons could be weighed if they do not appear to be within the correct weight range. 
Guests found to be “overweight” will be refused entry to the restaurant, which opens on July 29, and will not be entitled to a refund, its website points out. All payments must be made in advance on an online booking page. 
The list of rules asks visitors not to “cause a nuisance to other guests” by touching or talking to fellow diners. Tattooed customers are barred from entry.
It is rare that I find myself truly confused. But in this case, I really am.

Part of me wants to respond with the standard, "OK, Japan, WTF?!?" line which ALWAYS comes to mind whenever we see crazy shit like this.

But most of me actually agrees with what the Japanese are trying to do here.

After all, if you're going to be eating what the Japanese consider to be "food"- e.g. "squid-flavoured ice cream", "curry-flavoured lemonade", and of course the perennial Japanese favourite of fermented soybeans that the rest of us know and loathe as natto- then you definitely don't want anything getting in the way of your ability to keep your lunch down.

And if you're going to be sitting in a restaurant buck-ass naked, well, you really don't want to have to eat your main course while watching some land-whale's belly fat or back-titties bouncing around within your field of vision.

I'm also down with the whole "no tattoos" thing. There's going to be enough ink to deal with if you're eating anything squid-related, and that's going to look messy and nasty as it is; nobody needs to see anyone else's "artistic" impression of a flower or a bird while eating dinner on a (naked) date.

I have to say, though, the concept of a naked restaurant does strike me as being highly efficient in terms of dating. I mean, if the intent is to eat, drink, and be merry with some hot chick back at your place, you're pretty much skipping over all the preliminaries, right? That's some Japanese forward-thinking for you, right there.

Then again... it's Japan. Where there is already an epidemic of so-called "herbivore men" who have little interest in seducing women or pursuing ambitious careers. And since no "inappropriate touching" will be allowed, I do find myself wondering what, if any, appeal something like this might have.

Of course, as I said above... it's JAPAN. And Japan is... weird.


  1. Yup. They're weird. And generally not PC, despite the fawning apology recently issued from Studio Ghibli over their "sexist" comments re: men and directing the kind of fantasy films they want.


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