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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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53 Comments

  1. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    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! :(

  2. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    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! :(

  3. Posted May 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

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

      • Posted May 14, 2010 at 4:42 am | Permalink

        unfair…UNFAIRRRRRR. T_________T

  4. Posted May 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

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

  5. Posted May 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    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!

    • Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      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!

  6. Posted May 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

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

  7. Posted May 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Aww, maid lessons sound like fun!

  9. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

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

  10. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    best. post. ever.
    :-D

  11. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    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 )

    • Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

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

  12. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

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

  13. Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Comte phrased that very well methinks

  14. Posted May 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    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!!

    • Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      No hablás español..

      • Posted May 14, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

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

  15. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Aww, maid lessons sound like fun!

  16. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

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

  17. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    best. post. ever.
    :-D

  18. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    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 )

  19. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

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

  20. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

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

  21. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

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

  22. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    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!

  23. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

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

  24. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Wahhhh! :)

  25. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

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

  26. Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Comte phrased that very well methinks

  27. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:46 am | Permalink

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

  28. Posted May 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    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!!

  29. Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    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!

  30. Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    ugghhh… “transformer” themed? … *facepalm*

  31. Posted May 14, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

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

    • Posted May 17, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

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

  32. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    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.

  33. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

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

  34. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    No hablás español..

  35. Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:46 am | Permalink

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

  36. Posted May 14, 2010 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    unfair…UNFAIRRRRRR. T_________T

  37. Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    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!

  38. Posted May 14, 2010 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    ugghhh… “transformer” themed? … *facepalm*

  39. Posted May 14, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

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

  40. Posted May 14, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

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

  41. Posted May 17, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Yeah… haah

  42. Posted May 17, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

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

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