Maid Cafés in Japan – a Personal Experience

plroybalStarred Page By plroybal, 17th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Maid Cafés are a unique and very fun experience, highlighting the crazy fantasy world of anime and Otaku culture.

@Home Café

Maid cafés are one of many experiences in Japan that is popular among locals and foreigners alike. Akihabara, Tokyo, the centre of Otaku culture, is where one of the most famous Maid Cafés, ‘Café-@home’ is located, and here is where I first stepped foot into the crazy world of cosplaying maids, cute food and popular Japanese music.

Welcome!

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with shouts of “Okaerinasaimase, goshujinsama!” meaning “welcome home, master/mistress!” from maids with friendly smiles and frilly outfits. We took our seats and a maid came and welcomed us.
Goshujinsama” or “master/mistress” is simply a very polite way of addressing customers. Maid cafés are clean and not at all meant for adult-only entertainment. The maids are smiling and friendly, and will treat you with respect and do a lot for you, putting your straw into your drink and sometimes drawing pictures on your food.

Food and Drink

The entry fee was 600 yen and drinks were around 700 yen, meals and desserts were a little more expensive. We chose Set A – a drink (non-alcoholic), a photograph with a maid and a souvenir. You can choose to have a group photograph with all your friends, or an individual photo with a maid of your choice.
I ordered the ice mocha latte. Our maid drew a picture with chocolate sauce on top of the drink – very cute! You can ask for any picture you like and the maid will draw it – if she understands you! The menu also had food like pasta on heart-shaped plates, pizza with pictures drawn in sauce and “happy” desserts.

Not what I expected

The maid could speak a little English, and referred to me and my female friend as “Mistress”. It was kind of strange, but I went along with it. How often do you have an adorable maid drawing pictures on your drinks and running round after you?
The general rules of a maid café are that you don’t touch or ask the maids for personal information, such as their phone number. The café is fun and friendly, but not open to personal stuff. There were all kinds of customers – a few foreigners like us, men and women alike, and the maids, although friendly, were very professional. Photographs of the maids are prohibited; you’re only allowed to take photos of the food and drinks they offer.
The vibe in the café was wonderful. It seemed that it would be very difficult to miserable in there. The café was bright, the staff friendly, with Japanese pop playing on the radio. The theme the maids explained was “Moe” or “happy and cute”, and said that she had put her love into our drinks for us. Adorable.

Souvenirs and gifts

The maid called our names and we went to choose headgear for our photo. There were some crazy ones like a pharaoh hat and a blowfish helmet. I chose a pair of black devil horns and chose from one of four poses with my maid, Amina, the “ha-to” (heart) pose.
Afterwards we were given our souvenir – a box of cookies – and then left with a cheery “Arigatou gozaimashita! (Thank you)” echoing behind us.

Why not try it?

Maid cafés are family-friendly and a lot of fun. If you decide to go, be prepared to spend a lot, especially if you’re eating a meal – it’s a treat, and not really low-budget. I would recommend it to anyone – although more expensive than a regular café, the experience is definitely different and you won’t forget it in a hurry.

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Akihabara, Anime, Cafe, Cafes, Japan, Japanese Culture, Maid, Maids, Manga, Otaku

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author avatar Retired
17th Jul 2013 (#)

looks like a very hospitable space to be in

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting experience indeed. Maid Cafe is a strange name - siva

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

very nice and i like to travel there someday

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author avatar Salem
13th Oct 2014 (#)

Seems like a very interesting place. I hope I can visit it someday. ^_^

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