Hi everyone!~ How are you? I would like to wish everyone good luck for their upcoming exams. I sure hope you have started studying. For this week’s FTW, I will be talking about maid cafes otherwise known as “meido kissa”. So what is a maid cafe? A maid cafe is basically a restaurant where waitresses are dressed up in cutesy maid uniforms. They will entertain the customers in several ways namely: making cute comments, playing simple games with them or maybe singing and dancing.
1.Origins of a maid cafe How maid cafes started might shock you. It all started back in 1997 from a Japanes “ero-ge” (erotic game) called “Welcome to Pia Carrot” (Piaキャロットへようこそ!!) The cutesness of the clothing in the game is the key to its popularity. Due to its popularity, it earned a booth at the 1998 Tokyo character show. At the same event, a computer software company, Broccoli, started a booth in the form of a restaurant. What’s special about this restaurant is that the staff cosplayed in cute outfits of what the girls in “Welcome to Pia Carrot” were wearing and sold drinks and snacks. And this was the birth of the concept of a maid cafe
2.The first maid cafe
In December 1999, “Pia Kyaro Restaurant” was opened at GAMERS store in Akihabara for a limited time. This was Japan’s first ever cosplay cafe. After 3 months of unprecedented success, “GAMERS Cafe” (February 2000) and “Cafe de COSPA” (May 2000) opened. The first ever maid cafe opened in Akihabra on 3 March 2001. It was named “Cure Maid Cafe” and all waitresses were dressed in maid uniforms. In fact, the cafe is still existing now and definitely worth a visit after all it is a one of a kind being the first official maid cafe. The poularity of maid cafes sky-rocketted. In the next 10 years, 68 more Maid/cosplay cafes opened. Also, an estimated of 17 cosplay related “reflexology” services – including massage parlours – have also been established.
3.Flow of events at a maid cafe
Here is a standard flow of procedures when visiting a maid cafe:
1) When you step in, you will be greeted with “irasshaimase, goshujin-sama” which means welcome, master.
2) You choose your meal and order it. A highly recomended would of course be the Omu-raisu (Omelette rice) as you can get the maids to draw and soemthing cute on it for you with ketchup. Such as cats ;)
3) Next, the maids will entertain you. Entertainment depends on each individual maid cafe but in general:
Cast magical spells with the maids to make your food more tasty. The most common spell is “oishikuna~re, moe moe kyun” (おいしくな〜れ 萌え萌えキュン), meaning something along the lines of “get more delicious, cutey cutey heart”.
Watch the maids sing and dance.
Play simple games.
4) To commerate it all, you can take a picture with a maid of your choice using a “cheki” instant camera. Other forms of photography are strictly not allowed in maid cafes.
Thank you for reading my FTW. Once again good luck for your semester exams and have a good week ahead! :D
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