The Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara
Maid Cafe, called “Maid Kissa“, has been gaining a tremendous popularity in Tokyo and Japan.
At these cafe, waitresses are dressed as a “maid” and treat you as a “master”. It is a role playing and purpose is to enjoy the situation. When a customer first comes into the cafe, they greet : “Welcome home, my master (or Madam depends on your sex)”.
They will pour tea for you and play card game with you if you ask for. Many of these cafe are decorated like English mansion, which really makes you feel that you are the master of the house.
The first maid cafe opened in Akihabara in 2001 is the Cure Maid Cafe.
It is above a cosplay shop and it is nothing spectacular, but it is worth a visit for the novelty and a nice place to sit down. There are NO photographs allowed inside the cafe. There is a garden on terrace which creates a relaxing atmosphere. Maid has a clean style and they do not necessary talk like ” My Master”. The store provide casual atmosphere and this place is good for a “starter”.
Maid cafés are becoming increasingly popular in Tokyo and Japan. As they have done so, the increased competition has made them become crazier in order to attract customers. They have also expanded overseas to countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
While most cosplay costumes restaurants and maid cafes cater mostly to men, there is also a type for women called the butler café. The butlers in these cafes are well-dressed male employees and may wear either a typical waiter’s uniform or even a tuxedo or tails. One butler cafe has its waiters cosplay as teenage schoolboys, in an effort to appeal to the fujoshi who enjoy Boy’s Love.
There are also cross-dressing male disguise style butler cafes, where female staff dress up as butlers, instead of actual men.
Cure Maid Cafe address
3-15-5 Sotokanda Jisto Akiba 6F Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo TEL: 03-3258-3161
HOURS: 11:00-20:00 (Mon-Thursday) 11:00-22:00 (Fri-Sat) 11:00-19:00 (Sun, Holiday)