Maid cafe has been an integral part of Japanese culture. For those who are not really familiar with it, a maid cafe is basically a subcategory of cosplay restaurants predominately seen in Japan. Customers go there and pay money to be treated as ‘masters’ by the waitresses who dress up and act as ‘maids’. I believed that—after having watched numerous animes, mangas and youtube videos of real-life maid cafe experience—I understood how strongly engraved this maid cafe is in Japanese culture.
Well, I recently toured Akihabara for a few days with my buddies, and the first night taught me that I had underestimated the influence of maid cafes in Japan. (more…)