Bubble period disco legend Maharaja, same crowd, return

Kyodo News

Maharaja, a legendary high-end disco and symbol of the booming bubble economy of the 1980s, has made a comeback in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, attracting nostalgic middle-aged partygoers along with the younger generation.

Maharaja Roppongi opened in November with a floor space of around 280 sq. meters and a glittering interior capable of holding some 300 people.

One recent night on the dance floor, men in suits and ties and women in skintight outfits, appearing to be around 40, showed off their dance moves to a Michael Jackson song under twinkling chandeliers and colorful lighting. “I came out to have some fun since my kids are all grown up now. I really like the atmosphere,” said 48-year-old Yoichi Hotoyama from Ibaraki Prefecture, who came to the disco with his wife.