CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MAID COSTUMES, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS.


CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

Today, I donned purple lips and fake eyelashes, Sailor Moon hair, and a Victorian maid outfit. Antoine de Caunes and I took “maid lessons” at Cos-Cha cafe and goofed around for French TV (I had to speak en Francais the entire time). I love my job.

Akihabara is famous for its maid cafes, where the cute waitresses dress in skimpy French maid outfits. (Hm, I wonder why guys flock to these eateries?) I photographed about a dozen of them for my Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo book.

CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

Warning: in almost every case, photography is NOT allowed inside maid cafes! I had to get special permission to shoot, usually when there were no customers around.

Why are cameras kinshi (forbidden)? The waitresses and customers want to maintain their privacy (not all of them want to advertise that they frequent maid cafes). Also, the cafes make money by selling decorated photos of the maids to their devoted customers.

CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

You’ll often see girls in maid/cosplay outfits giving out flyers on the streets of Akihabara. Again, no photo! If you try to take pictures of the girls, they’ll turn their backs on you and walk away.

CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

But that shouldn’t discourage you from visiting a maid cafe. The girls are charming and will even spoonfeed you. (Today, we played a disgusting drinking game… you’ll see what went down soon!)

CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

Other maid cafes offer massages and even ear-cleanings. (We filmed a hilarious scene yesterday at an ear-cleaning parlor.)

CUTE TOKYO MAIDS IN AKIHABARA MAID CAFES. COSPLAY WAITRESSES IN JAPAN, MEIDO OUTFITS, WORLD'S STRANGEST THEME RESTAURANTS. PHOTOS FROM AKIHABARA, TOKYO: OTAKU NERD HEAVEN. JAPANESE MAID CAFES, FIGURINES, CUTE GIRL ASIAN, hot japanese GIRLS, dating, anime manga in japan, where to buy, meido cafe inside

For more peeks into the odd world of Japanese maid cafes, please consider my book Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (click for info). Photos from the French TV documentary shoot coming right up!

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In random news… there’s an article about my Tokyo Theme Restaurants book and Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods TV appearance on FOX NEWS. It’s also on Flash News with a photo. When they say “Transformers-themed diner” in the “nerdy district,” they mean the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara. As my friend Comte de Sang puts it, “Some people seem to think that the US public still cannot fathom any piece of Japanese pop culture that hasn’t been transformed into an Americanized line of children’s toys and adapted into some god-awful Hollywood film by Michael Bay.” Sigh.

Come read my new CNNGo article: Asia’s 25 most ridiculous stress relief products. Japanese fake bubble wrap and girlfriend knee pillows, wahhh?

Have you ever been to a maid cafe? Parlez-vous Français? J’ai appris la langue à l’école… vous pouvez m’écrire en Français, si vous voulez!

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Song of the Day: Calmando Qual – Insanity (I’m seeing them live in Tokyo!)

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  • Mali

    I totally agree, I hate how most Americans won’t accept anything that has to do with japans pop culture, they are to pig headed and wrapped up in their own entertainment that they forget where real Anime and other such great things originated from! :(

  • Mali

    I totally agree, I hate how most Americans won't accept anything that has to do with japans pop culture, they are to pig headed and wrapped up in their own entertainment that they forget where real Anime and other such great things originated from! :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/eunice.ayame.yin Ayame

    They are ultra kawaiiiiiiiiii~~~ o^__^o
    I want a boy maid/or butler to feed me hehehe ^3^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahh this weekend, we’re going to a Dansou cafe where the girls crossplay as boy butlers!

      • http://www.facebook.com/eunice.ayame.yin Ayame

        unfair…UNFAIRRRRRR. T_________T

  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    I’m tired of people thinking that Americans can’t appreciate Japanese pop culture in its whole and pure form. while MOST Americans might think Japanese pop culture is “weird,” the fact remains, there’s a lot of young and old Americans out there who love it and appreciate it.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      … I guess that’s why Fox News carried the article hahah.

  • Anonymous

    I went to a maid cafe when I went to Tokyo. It was called Mononopu and the girls were dressed in purple/pink kimono like outfits with samurai sode and little swords and whatnot. I loved the decor and the atmosphere, and I thought their outfits were super cute (I wanted to steal them right off their backs!) but overall I felt that since I couldn’t speak a lick of Japanese, that it wasn’t as fun as it could have been since they seemed to entertain and talk to their guests.

    Only complaints were the smoking, and the food was pretty overpriced. Otherwise it was an interesting experience!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Aww I haven’t been to that maid cafe yet! Each one has its own unique spin on things, how neat. My favorite is still Yukiro’s hibari-tei, where all the maids are men!

  • Ayame

    They are ultra kawaiiiiiiiiii~~~ o^__^o
    I want a boy maid/or butler to feed me hehehe ^3^

  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    I'm tired of people thinking that Americans can't appreciate Japanese pop culture in its whole and pure form. while MOST Americans might think Japanese pop culture is “weird,” the fact remains, there's a lot of young and old Americans out there who love it and appreciate it.

  • Laura

    Aww, maid lessons sound like fun!

  • Greg

    Ha. Somehow I knew they were talking about the Gundam cafe.

  • Lady Ari

    best. post. ever.
    :-D

  • Rose Saga

    Oh, cet article sur les maid-cafés est magnifique! :) Normalement, je n’aime pas trop les maid-cafés mais les filles sont si jolies!
    ( I love practising French whenever I can, haha <3 )

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Moi aussi… je n’ai pas pratiqué depuis longtemps…

  • 末さん

    (O_o)WAO!!! 何軒行ったんだ? 秋葉原メイドカフェ巡り? (O_o)WAO!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Wahhhh! :)

  • Lady Ari

    Comte phrased that very well methinks

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    Je non parle pas francais.

    Pero, yo hablo español. ¿Hablás vos?

    ¡Me alegren todas las doncellas lindas, guapas y sexy de restaurantes! ¡¡Mil gracias para copartir!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      No hablás español..

      • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

        I love those beautiful, sexy and gorgeous “Restaurant Maids!” Thank-you so much for sharing!!

  • Laura

    Aww, maid lessons sound like fun!

  • Greg

    Ha. Somehow I knew they were talking about the Gundam cafe.

  • Lady Ari

    best. post. ever.
    :-D

  • Rose Saga

    Oh, cet article sur les maid-cafés est magnifique! :) Normalement, je n'aime pas trop les maid-cafés mais les filles sont si jolies!
    ( I love practising French whenever I can, haha <3 )

  • 末さん

    (O_o)WAO!!! 何軒行ったんだ? 秋葉原メイドカフェ巡り? (O_o)WAO!!!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Hahh this weekend, we're going to a Dansou cafe where the girls crossplay as boy butlers!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    … I guess that's why Fox News carried the article hahah.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Aww I haven't been to that maid cafe yet! Each one has its own unique spin on things, how neat. My favorite is still Yukiro's hibari-tei, where all the maids are men!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Moi aussi… je n'ai pas pratiqué depuis longtemps…

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Wahhhh! :)

  • Moon Maiden 90

    cool CNNGo article! I’m pretty sure the bubble wrap simulator would annoy my bf though. lol & I don’t need the fake water bottle kitty cuz I gots my real one that sits on my lap all the time =^-^=
    I do like that levitating chair though! 0.0 it’s cooool! *haha*
    & I think that stress detector u spit on would be neat 2 try.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      The article is apparently getting huge hits! Glad people are liking it!

  • Lady Ari

    Comte phrased that very well methinks

  • Heathyr

    I want a hot water bottle cat…and bubble wrap popper!

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    Je non parle pas francais.

    Pero, yo hablo español. ¿Hablás vos?

    ¡Me alegren todas las doncellas lindas, guapas y sexy de restaurantes! ¡¡Mil gracias para copartir!!

  • http://www.uprinting.com/Brochure-Printing.html Color Brochure Printing

    These are really cute cafes :) If I will be given a chance I would love to work their :) Hehehe. I really love their cafe outfit! I would love to wear them!

  • http://twitter.com/fluffyconti Fluffy Conti

    ugghhh… “transformer” themed? … *facepalm*

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Yeah… haah

  • murbela

    My fav from your CNNGo article are the BabyFeet slippers. They’re so cool. And the bubble wrap. And bamboo charcoal is pretty.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      The Baby Feet slippers are a little too effective! The photos of the peeled feet… eww!

  • Moon Maiden 90

    cool CNNGo article! I'm pretty sure the bubble wrap simulator would annoy my bf though. lol & I don't need the fake water bottle kitty cuz I gots my real one that sits on my lap all the time =^-^=
    I do like that levitating chair though! 0.0 it's cooool! *haha*
    & I think that stress detector u spit on would be neat 2 try.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    The article is apparently getting huge hits! Glad people are liking it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    No hablás español..

  • Heathyr

    I want a hot water bottle cat…and bubble wrap popper!

  • Ayame

    unfair…UNFAIRRRRRR. T_________T

  • http://www.uprinting.com/Brochure-Printing.html Color Brochure Printing

    These are really cute cafes :) If I will be given a chance I would love to work their :) Hehehe. I really love their cafe outfit! I would love to wear them!

  • http://twitter.com/fluffyconti Fluffy Conti

    ugghhh… “transformer” themed? … *facepalm*

  • murbela

    My fav from your CNNGo article are the BabyFeet slippers. They're so cool. And the bubble wrap. And bamboo charcoal is pretty.

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    I love those beautiful, sexy and gorgeous “Restaurant Maids!” Thank-you so much for sharing!!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Yeah… haah

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    The Baby Feet slippers are a little too effective! The photos of the peeled feet… eww!