In Akihabara it is not uncommon to see Japanese women dressed as French maids handing out fliers on the streets. What are these fliers advertising you ask why a maid café of course; but what is a maid café? Our class traveled to Akihabara and successfully figured out the answer to this question. A maid café is a cosplay restaurant serviced completely by women dressed as French maids. Upon entering the maid café our ears were graced with the sound of happy euro-beat style electronic music with high pitched cheery singing in the background. The music was adorable and made it hard not to smile while we waited for what happened next. Waitresses brought us our menus and patiently waited while we attempted to translate it. The interesting thing about the maid café is how the food is served to you. Maids bring out the items one at a time and for each item you have to perform the maid café cheer. You do this by holding your hands in the shape of a heart and repeating after the waitress. It was very cute but a bit of a strange way for adults to act and probably the slowest way to serve a meal. One of our classmates ordered the special lovers spaghetti plate which interrupted the order of the café. Our class was called up to take a picture with the entire troop of maids. Overall it was a fun, if a bit awkward time.

Mural

Wasn't allowed to take pictures of the Maids

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