日本での一年間

March 10, 2009

Akihabara Maid Cafe

Filed under: Tokyo places, Yamanote-Sen — myyearinjapan @ 7:07 am

I posted some pictures of Akihabara, the electronics district, before, when I saw the penguins and as part of my Yamanote Line Project.

Akihabara(秋葉原;Akiba for short) is the main electronics district of Tokyo and the place to go for Otaku (essentially meaning nerds and usually a word that refers to fans of Japanese Animation (Anime), Comics (Manga), and video games.)

The view when you leave Akihabara station from the Electronics Town exit.

The view when you leave Akihabara station from the 'Electronics Town' exit.

This time, I went to Akihabara with the intention of visiting a maid cafe. Maid Cafes have become popular in Akihabara because they play into Otaku fantasies. Unfortunately, once inside, they’re very strict against letting you take pictures, so I can only tell you about that experience. The maids wear extravagant outfits and welcome you to the cafe by saying “Welcome Home Master(お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様)” or “Welcome Home Madame(お帰りなさいませ、お嬢様).” When they bring you the food, they tell you that you should do magic on it to make it more delicious. They had us make a heart with our hands and shake it over our food while saying, “Pyon, pyon, chuu.” (Animal sounds of rabbits, cats, and mice) They even stir the milk and sugar into your tea, telling you to say “nyan, nyan” when it’s stirred to your liking. These maid cafes have a limit for how long you can stay because they’re so popular and you often need to wait as long to get in as you spend at the cafe. At the cafe we went to, we were limited to one hour. One of my friends really wanted a picture with a maid (500 Yen or about $5 for a Polaroid of you with a maid, which you get to wear your choce of animal ears for and the maid draws all over the picture to make it cuter). I decided to just get a drink, but because there’s also a fee to enter, it was a pretty expensive pot of tea. Still, it was worth it to have this experience once. You can tell that some of the other customers are regulars. The maid cafes certainly do good business between the regulars and the numbers of people who come just to try it once, as we did.

On the streets of Akihabara, girls dressed in maid outfits hand out pamphlets.

I tried to sneakily get this picture of a maid advertising for her store. I think her outfit is pretty tame for a maid cafe actually.

I tried to sneakily get this picture of a maid advertising for her store. I think her outfit is pretty tame for a maid cafe actually.

Sorry that this picture is from behind, but I think these maid outfits are little more typical. Particularly the maid on the left.

Sorry that this picture is from behind, but I think these maid outfits are little more typical. Particularly the maid on the left. Lots of frilly lace pieces and a bright color.

This is an ad for the Maid Cafe that we went to.

This is an ad for the Maid Cafe that we went to. The cafe takes up 4 floors of the building, which each floor having a different theme and atmosphere.

Another thing we did while in Akihabara was see a live music performance. I have no idea who was performing, but my friend really wanted to see it. That was free at least, which was nice after spending so much at the Maid Cafe. And the music was pretty good and the crowd was excited. However, we weren’t allowed to take pictures there either. And we were so far in the back, that we couldn’t see anything.

This is the venue of the concert

This is the venue of the concert

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3 Comments »

  1. […] Original post: Akihabara Maid Cafe […]

    Pingback by Cartoon and Manga articles news. » Archive » Akihabara Maid Cafe — March 10, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Did you enjoy your サービス, goshujinsama? :3

    Comment by reccaphoenix — March 10, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    • well…it was interesting. And I was お嬢様 rather than ご主人様, being a girl and all. 🙂

      Comment by myyearinjapan — March 10, 2009 @ 3:29 pm


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