If your familiar with Japanese culture you probably know about the ‘maid’ phenomena, if not keep on reading. Maids, girls dressed up in frilly outfits, are the fantasy of many Japanese man. You have maid cafe’s, maid shows and so on. But what is this whole maid culture really about? I went to Akihabara in Tokyo to find it out!
Read Akihabara Part I HERE.
In Tokyo, and especially in the neighborhood of Akihabara you’ll come a cross many maid cafe’s. Here girls dressed up in frilly pink outfits will be serving tea while addressing their customers with master. Some Japanese men are real maid addicts and spend large amounts of money in their favorite maid cafe. Maid cafe’s are places were you can sit down for a cup of tea with a sweet, but you have to pay a high table fee on top of the things you order. There are all kind of maid cafe’s: in some of them the waitresses will spank you while in other ones they’ll put a ‘magic spell’ on your coffee.
Akihabara is famous for it’s maid cafe’s. As the competition is fierce in the area many of the maids work outside to promote their cafe. Having your picture taken with a maid costs a lot of money inside the cafe’s so the girls on the street aren’t very keen on having their picture taken. This is something my boyfriend and I didn’t really know until we went inside of of the maid cafe’s (and left shortly after because of the ridiculous prices.)
We randomly came a cross a store we’re you could dress up as a maid for free and take purikura pictures. I decided to give it a try and find out what the whole maid thing is all about. According to my boyfriend Chris I looked cute, but that was it. To each their own I guess! However, it was a very fun experience and I highly recommend dressing up as a maid or any other anime figure when visiting Akihabara just to emerge yourself into a whole different (sub)culture.