One of the more bizarre aspects of Japanese life is that “Dancing” is banned in the clubs (in a random phase-of-the-moon way).
Like a plot ripped off from an old Kevin Bacon movie, the ever-vigilant Tokyo police have been cracking down* on evil dancing in Tokyo clubs for the past couple of years (3Yen / 2013-07-23).
Kneading Udon to Get Around the Anti-Dancing Law in Japan
KawaiiKakkoiiSugoi.com | 07.11.14
As many Japanese people protest against the restrictions on dancing, the guys at art space Asakusabashi Tensai Sansu Jyuku found a fun way to make fun of the regulations. Techno Udon is an event like any other clubbing event, except you dance on plastic bags filled with udon dough, so you’re not dancing, you’re actually kneading dough! After you finish kneading, the Techno Udon staff with cut and boil your udon for you to satisfy your hunger after a night of dancing kneading. How cool is that?
*Actually, the Japanese police are persecuting clubs that are foreign owned (often 3rd generation Japanese-Koreans) as well as clubs that have failed to pay the required “fees” (protection money)† to the Japanese police. Check out the following ABC News video.
standard form of Japanese graft. Almost every Tokyo
club is REQUIRED to hire a retired police detective as
a “security consultant” for huge amounts of money.
For example, the bribe price quoted for the small-ish
Eggman “live house” was 10 million yen per year,
which comes to about $100,000 USD!