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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.

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Wasn't allowed to take pictures of the Maids

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When it comes to food service Japan is one of the best countries. Servers are always polite, clean, attentive and fast. The cherry on top for this countries’ food service industry is when it comes to the issue of tipping. It is considered rude to tip your waiter or waitress so therefore, you never have to leave a tip, prices on the menu are the prices you pay! There are even restaurants where the server is cut out entirely and replaced with a ticket selling vending machine. Patrons only need to deposit their money and choose from the nicely pictured menu. This system is great because it allows you to order at your own pace. If you’re in a hurry just pay and hit the takeout button, if you’re just on a casual stroll hit the dine-in button. The kitchen staff is incredibly fast at these vending diners, patrons usually receive their food within 3-5 minutes of their order. This may seem like magic but after my friend Pochin and I gave a closer listen we heard whatever we ordered announced over a loud speaker in the back. This is what prompted the chef to start cooking before we even sat down and handed him our tickets. Overall I feel the food service in Japan trumps that in America because the service is better and I don’t have to leave a tip to ensure it stays that way.

Good Food Great Service

Good Food Great Service