Discovering ROKUSAN ANGEL: The Evolution of Burlesque Tokyo

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July 22, 2024
Discovering ROKUSAN ANGEL: The Evolution of Burlesque Tokyo

This article will delve into the captivating allure of ROKUSAN ANGEL (formerly known as Burlesque Tokyo). We'll explore its unique entertainment style, highlighting the elements of its shows that enchant visitors, offering a comprehensive overview of its many attractions. Unlike hostess bars and snack bars, which focus on intimate social interactions and personalized service, ROKUSAN ANGEL presents a distinct form of entertainment through its dynamic burlesque performances. 

What is Burlesque Tokyo (ROKUSAN ANGEL)?

A stage performance at Burlesque Tokyo

Image Source: https://rokusanangel.jp/gallery/

For many newcomers to Japan's vibrant and entertaining nightlife scene, you might be wondering: what exactly is a show club? Burlesque Tokyo, now known as "ROKUSAN ANGEL," is precisely that, a show club that opened its doors in 2011 in the lively district of Roppongi, Tokyo. Since its inception, ROKUSAN ANGEL has garnered attention for its innovative approach to entertainment. The club presents a distinct form of entertainment through its dynamic burlesque performances. These shows skillfully blend artistry, choreography, and theatrical flair to create an immersive experience that captivates audiences, offering a refreshing alternative to traditional nightlife venues in Tokyo.

A New Frontier in Entertainment

Burlesque Tokyo operates under the motto, "Changing the world with song and dance, enchanting with song and dance." It offers a unique blend of sexy, powerful dance performances that distinguish it from traditional show clubs. Each night audiences are treated to a mesmerizing spectacle of choreographed dances that fuse elements of burlesque, cabaret, and modern dance. The club's talented performers skillfully blend sensuality with artistic expression, creating an atmosphere that is both exhilarating and sophisticated. With its stylish decor and lively ambiance, ROKUSAN ANGEL provides a memorable evening where guests can unwind and enjoy world-class entertainment in the heart of Roppongi.

Unchanging Popularity

The club's enduring popularity can be attributed to its prime location in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, and its appeal to a diverse audience, regardless of gender or nationality. With monthly sales reportedly around 100 million JPY, the club is often filled to its maximum capacity, reflecting its widespread appeal and popularity.

A Place to Enjoy Communication

The charm of ROKUSAN ANGEL extends beyond just watching the performances. In addition to the captivating song and dance shows by dancers in sexy costumes, guests can interact casually with the performers, adding to the overall experience. Typical shows in western countries don’t allow much customer and performer interaction which gives the image of professionalism but in Japan there is an emphasis on personalized service and their spirit of ‘omotenashi’.

A New Start

From May 2024, Burlesque Tokyo rebranded itself as "ROKUSAN ANGEL." With this new name and identity, the club remains dedicated to delivering exhilarating shows that draw an ever-growing audience.

Check Out ROKUSAN ANGEL (Burlesque Tokyo) on YouTube

Performers at Rokusan Angel

Image Source: https://rokusanangel.jp/

The video below showcases the behind-the-scenes special footage as well as the performances of ROKUSAN ANGEL. While the entire video is over 8 hours long, the scenes featuring ROKUSAN ANGEL start at 5 hours and 32 minutes. We recommend watching from that point.

2023/01/27 - Winter festival And Burlesque Show! / robcdee vods

Why the Name Change to ROKUSAN ANGEL?

The name change from Burlesque Tokyo to "ROKUSAN ANGEL" stems from legal issues and the need to rebuild the company’s image.

Legal Issues

On February 21, 2024, the company's representative director was arrested on suspicion of violating the Adult Entertainment Business Law, dealing a significant blow to the club. This incident forced the club to close temporarily, affecting its operations.

Operational Misunderstandings and Explanation

The club explained that although it was operating under the "special entertainment restaurant business" license, it lacked the necessary "adult entertainment business" license for certain activities, leading to the issue. This raised questions about the legitimacy of its operations, resulting in a loss of trust from customers and stakeholders.

Rebranding and Image Rebuilding

In response, Burlesque Tokyo decided to change its name to "ROKUSAN ANGEL," symbolizing a fresh start and a break from past issues. The new name signifies their commitment to maintaining their charm while offering a brighter and more valuable experience. Starting anew as "ROKUSAN ANGEL" is a necessary step for Burlesque Tokyo, aiming to re-establish itself as a captivating entertainment venue.

What is Burlesque? Explaining the Dance and Its History

Burlesque is a term familiar in many countries, representing an exciting and evolving art form. This section delves into the allure, history, and evolution of burlesque, and how it has shaped the entertainment landscape in Japan.

Definition and Origin of Burlesque

The term "burlesque" originates from the Italian word "burlesco," meaning "joke" or "mockery." Initially, it was a style used in literature and theater to satirically reenact famous works, emphasizing exaggeration and humor to entertain audiences.

Features of Burlesque Dance

Burlesque dance highlights feminine movements and suggestive costumes. Dancers, often in high heels and revealing outfits, captivate the audience with various musical tempos. Basic steps include the "grind," a hip rotation in a figure-eight pattern, and the "shimmy shake," involving rapid body movements. These dances are not only visually appealing but also offer fitness benefits.

History of Burlesque

While the term "burlesque" dates back to the late 17th century, the modern dance style emerged in the United States between the 1860s and 1940s. It was initially popular in variety shows featuring showgirls dancing and over time, burlesque evolved to include more comedy and strip elements.

Burlesque in Japan

Introduced to Japan before WWII through films, burlesque became known primarily as nude dance performances in post-war strip theaters. In recent years, it has regained popularity in new forms, with clubs like ROKUSAN ANGEL incorporating unique tip systems to foster new relationships between dancers and audiences.

Accessibility for Foreigners

Burlesque Tokyo is especially accommodating to foreigners, with its website and booking system available in English. Several staff members and performers speak English, enhancing accessibility for non-Japanese speakers. The club also offers special services for birthdays and other celebrations, providing an entertaining way for foreign guests to enjoy the festivities.

As these shows are widely popular it is hard to drop in and get a seat especially if you are in a group and wish to sit together. If you don’t like waiting then visitors are advised to book in advance, especially for large groups, to secure seating and ensure a smooth experience.

Pricing and Basic Plans

Seating and plans at Rokusan Angel

Image Source: https://rokusanangel.jp/system/

[Normal Plan]

Enjoy a seat with a full view of the stage, immersing yourself in the world of ROKUSAN ANGEL.

  • Prices: 5,500 JPY (one week in advance), 6,000 JPY (day before), 6,500 JPY (same day)

[Front Row Plan]

Guaranteed seats within the first two rows of the Normal Plan.

  • Prices: 6,500 JPY (one week in advance), 7,000 JPY (day before), 7,500 JPY (same day)

[Exciting Plan: Front Row]

Experience the performance up close with guaranteed front-row seats.

  • Prices: 7,000 JPY (one week in advance), 7,500 JPY (same day)

[Exciting Plan: Back Row]

Guaranteed front-row seats, primarily in the back row.

  • Prices: 6,000 JPY (one week in advance), 6,500 JPY (day before), 7,000 JPY (same day)

[Super Exciting Plan]

Guaranteed front-row seats for those seeking an extra thrilling experience.

  • Prices: 7,500 JPY (one week in advance), 8,000 JPY (day before), 8,500 JPY (same day)

[Premium Plan]

Ultra-premium seats in the front row, offering the best view.

  • Prices: 9,000 JPY (one week in advance), 9,500 JPY (day before), 10,000 JPY (same day)

[Girls' Party Plan]

Specially priced for all-female groups during the first show of the Normal Plan.

  • Prices: 3,000 JPY (one week in advance), 3,000 JPY (day before), 3,000 JPY (same day)

[VIP Sofa Seat]

VIP sofa seats can only be reserved by phone, providing premium comfort during the show.

  • Prices: 12,500 JPY per person, 6,250 JPY per person for extended show time

*Note: All plans except the VIP Sofa Seat include one drink.

Optional Add-ons

  • All-you-can-drink: +1,500 JPY
  • Surprise Birthday: +2,000 JPY (includes a commemorative photo on stage)
  • Special Plan: +2,000 JPY (includes a photo of your chosen performer and an original wristband)

Additional fees for drinks and champagne may apply. For specific details or changes, please consult the staff.

Tipping (RION)

Burlesque Tokyo uses a tipping system called "RION," starting at 10 RION = 1,000 JPY. Guests can directly tip their favorite dancers, with special presentations for tips over 500 RION. There's no mandatory tipping amount; you can freely support your favorite dancer. This directly impacts the dancers' income, boosting their motivation. A "tip time" is set at the end of the show, where you can find and tip your favorite dancer.

How to Make a Reservation

Reservations can be easily made via the website, though it is currently only available in Japanese. Using a translation app or asking a Japanese-speaking friend for help is recommended. Here are the Japanese terms used on the reservation page.

  • ノーマルプラン: Normal Plan
  • 後方ど迫力プラン: Exciting Plan: Back row
  • 前方ど迫力プラン: Exciting Plan: Front row
  • 超ど迫力プラン: Super Exciting Plan
  • 前方席確定プラン: Front row Plan
  • プレミアムプラン: Premium Plan
  • 予約: Booking

Screen capture of reservation page

Reservation page: https://burlesque-tokyo.com/booking/

Show Times

ROKUSAN ANGEL typically hosts three shows per night.

[First Show]

  • Doors open: 5:20 pm
  • Show starts: 5:50 pm
  • Exit: 7:10 pm

[Second Show]

  • Doors open: 7:20 pm
  • Show starts: 7:50 pm
  • Exit: 9:20 pm

[Third Show]

  • Doors open: 9:30 pm
  • Show starts: 10:00 pm
  • Close: 11:40 pm

Available Drinks

Burlesque Tokyo offers a wide range of drinks. The official website lists prices for the all-you-can-drink option only, so please ask the staff about single orders. Here are some of the main categories and examples.

[Beer]

  • Beer
  • Shandy Gaff

[Wine]

  • Red Wine
  • White Wine

[Whiskey]

  • Highball
  • Watered Down
  • On the Rocks

[Chuhai & Sours]

  • Lemon Sour
  • Lime Sour

[Spirits]

  • Gin Tonic
  • Vodka Tonic

[Liqueur-Based Drinks]

  • Cassis Soda
  • Fuzzy Navel

Guide to Enjoying a Great Night at ROKUSAN ANGEL (Burlesque Tokyo)

Performers on stage at Rokusan Angel

Image Source: https://rokusanangel.jp/gallery/

Welcome to ROKUSAN ANGEL! Here, you’ll find an exciting and captivating atmosphere. Whether it's your first visit or you're a regular, follow these points to enjoy a wonderful night.

Important Prohibitions

  1. No touching: It’s important to enjoy the show respectfully. Direct contact with dancers is strictly prohibited.
  2. Photography restrictions: While memories should be cherished, refrain from taking photos during the show or specific performances.
  3. No exchanging contact information: You cannot exchange personal contact details with dancers or cast members. Maintain a professional distance.
  4. Respecting the dancers: Avoid any actions that might make the dancers uncomfortable.

Reservations and Pricing

  1. Advance booking: Booking in advance online can lead to discounted rates. Planning ahead is beneficial.
  2. Plan selection: Choose from various plans, such as the "Exciting Plan" or "Normal Plan," to suit your preferences.

Enjoying the Show

  1. Tipping (RION): Show your appreciation for your favorite dancer through tips. Each 10 RION is worth 1,000 JPY.
  2. Dress code: Sometimes water splashes during performances. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.

Legal Considerations

  1. Compliance with the Adult Entertainment Business Law: The venue operates according to the law. Illegal activities are strictly prohibited.

Access and Venue Information

The exterior of Rokusan Angel

Image Source: Google Street View

[Address] 

  • 106-0032 Tokyo, Minato Ward, Roppongi 3-8-5, Nittaku Bldg. B2F

[Opening Hours]

  • 5:20 pm - 11:30 pm

[Access]

  • By Train from Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Yurakucho Station, transfer to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and get off at Roppongi Station. The shop is a short walk from there.

  • By Taxi from Tokyo Station: A taxi ride from Tokyo Station to ROKUSAN ANGEL in Roppongi takes approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic.

Website: https://rokusanangel.jp/

Conclusion

Burlesque Tokyo, rebranded to Rokusan Angel, is one of the most exciting adult nightlife spots in Japan. It offers dazzling dance performances and sophisticated shows where you can sit back and be entertained and forget your daily stress. Visitors can enjoy an unforgettable experience, stepping away from the ordinary into a world of extraordinary charm. Don’t miss the chance to visit this unique venue and create special memories.

PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer, a seasoned connoisseur in his 40s based in Japan, boasts an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience within the vibrant landscapes of both drinking and gambling, alongside his well-documented ventures into various red-light districts. This extensive exploration encompasses not just the nocturnal delights of Japan's red-light areas but also its myriad of bars, horse racing, pachinko, and many others. Drawing on his firsthand experiences, he conveys the appeal and characteristics of Japan's diverse adult entertainment districts and his enjoyment of the nightlife scene through his writing for PIJ.

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