Tree by Naked

Technology meets tree-themed dining in Yoyogi

By Lazare Herzi    - 2 min read

We eat seeds all the time. Yet, from spitting sunflower shells at baseball games to happily munching everything bagels in the morning, we rarely notice the beauty behind what we’re actually consuming.

Planting seeds in the soil to begin (Photo: Tree by Naked)
Planting seeds in the soil to begin (Photo: Tree by Naked)

Tree by NAKED yoyogi park seeks to address this gap in our collective knowledge. This restaurant combines VR and projection mapping to take their diners on a journey through the life cycle of a tree, from a seed to a tall, proud plant.

The technology ensures that all five senses are stimulated during the eight course meal. It also furthers the perception of a journey by moving the customer from room to room throughout the evening, keeping the experience exciting and heightening the diner’s sense of curiosity.

VR interludes complete the experience (Photo: Tree by Naked)
VR interludes complete the experience (Photo: Tree by Naked)

Visual effects are everywhere, from the physical props used to enhance the experience to the digital illusions projected on the table. Same for the accompanying music and food, which is handpicked to accentuate each stage: birth, spur, expansions, phantasm, unity, and rebirth.

Some parts of the experience are even tactile, such as a fish projected into a real bowl of water. If somebody tries to touch the fish or cover it, it swims away from them! They also blur the line between the real and digital elements of the experience with various smoke effects, where flint-induced smoke radiates outwards into the table display.

Interacting with fish projections in water (Photo: Tree by Naked)
Interacting with fish projections in water (Photo: Tree by Naked)

The restaurant also stages two performances throughout the night. These spectacles incorporate various themes like the Japanese art kudo or the recurring Japanese motif of the bamboo tree. Far from interrupting the narrative woven by the food and technology, the performing arts intensify it by preventing viewers from acclimating to the virtual displays.

 (Photo: Tree by Naked)
(Photo: Tree by Naked)

Finally, the company uses seasonal ingredients to provide the freshest and most delectable gustatory experience possible. They even bring in a tea master for the delectable “rebirth” green tea served at the end.

The cost for this experience is a hefty ¥23,000 per person. The restaurant only accepts restaurant reservations online, and will seat a maximum of eight people per group.

Tree by Naked restaurant exterior (Photo: Tree by Naked)
Tree by Naked restaurant exterior (Photo: Tree by Naked)

Getting there

Tree by Naked is just a three-minute walk from Yoyogi-koen station.

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Lazare Herzi

Lazare Herzi @lazare.herzi

Originally from Berkeley, California, I just moved to Japan a few days ago. I came here for a few reasons:I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so Japan's Sumo and Judo greatly appealed to me. I hope to travel and visit the most famous gyms here, including the Kodokan Judo Institute. I also look forward to seeing part of the Sumo tournament in Tokyo this September!Another reason I came here was for Japanese culture. I'm a little bit of a history buff, and cannot wait to visit Japan's ancient sites and taste its traditional cuisine.I'm big on sharing learning experiences with the world, and there's no better place than JapanTravel.com to share photos and stories full of life. This website was immensely useful when I planned my transition to Japan (lodging, tourist sites, etc.) so I look forward to giving back.Let me know if any of my articles or adventures resonates with you. My contact info is lazare.herzi@japantravel.com

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Kim B 10 months ago
What a cool spot! Definitely not cheap but for a unique experience it looks like fun!