|Tokyo Taito | Akihabara Cosplay Restaurant - Maid Cafe & Animation Studio|
|Tuesday, 11 May 2010 00:00|
Maid Cafe is operated by a group of young girls dressed up like French maids with Victorian style pinafore, apron and long stoking. Occasionally, one may see maids with rabbit ears head ban or armed with butcher's knife behind her back. Besides serving food and drinks, each maid cafe usually provides extra services which is unique or different such as singing, taking picture or playing games with 'master'.
Standing with poster, distributing flyers or trying to strike conversation with pedestrians along the alleys and junctures are among the means to attract patrons to visit their cafes.
We did not do much homework about maid cafe so we just jumped into the first we found. Located at second floor, it is called 'Maid Cafe and Animation Studio'.
Taking the lift brought us directly to the entrance of this maid cafe. As we entered, we were greeted in Japanese which we barely understand a word. Signaling with my hand for two people, one of the 'maid' ushered us to a table. Soon, we were served with a glass of plain ice-water each and handed with a menu. Serving from drinks to food, thank goodness there was an English version. We pointed to the 'maid' what we wished to have. I opted for a cup of hot chocolate and it cost me around 800 yen. A glass of iced-mocha for my Significant Other, which almost burned a hole in his pocket when he noticed the bill stated over 1000 yen!
The interesting part was upon serving, two 'maids' came to our table and spoke to us in Japanese but we could hardly understand except replying with 'Wakaranai' (which means 'I do not understand'). Then, they went on with some messages uttered in Japanese (again!) describing with hand action, then composing a heart shape with their fingers and thumbs, placing upon our drinks. Half an hour later we found out that we were supposed to follow after what they were doing when we saw the similar act and treatment performed on a Japanese couple.
In respect of the cafe's signpost stating 'Taking photograph is not allowed', we did not capture any pictures of its interior. To catch a glimpse of it, visit mangovine.
From our observation, we concluded this maid cafe is an animation studio whereby you and your friend could dub your voices to become the 'Master' and the 'Maid' in the anime showed on their two large monitors. With some fee for the recording service, I believe you can take your voice copied DVD home as souvenir from Akihabara!
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 11:05|