Wednesday, August 15, 2012
KAIJU-YA: Shibuya's Hidden Tokusatsu Bar
What can I say? Since no one else is covering these cool places that Godzilla fans can visit in Japan, I might as well pick up the baton. Veteran Tsuburaya Productions suit actor Toshio Miyake owns a restaurant/bar just outside of Shibuya Station called Kaiju-ya, and when you're in the area, any self-respecting kaiju fan ought to check the place out!
First, a word about Toshio Miyake. Miyake-san's suit-acting credits include: Gridman, Ultraman Zearth, Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Cosmos, MM9, Death Kappa, and many other credits. One of his most notable roles was Golza in Ultraman Tiga, but suffice it to say that Mr. Miyake has more than 150 kaiju roles to his credit!
Sure, the space is a little cramped, but find a bar or restaurant in Shibuya that isn't! Otherwise, it's certainly a place to check out. The kaiju-oriented decor certainly makes it all worthwhile.
I give Kaiju-ya full marks. When in Tokyo, stop by!