What is a Maid Cafe? メイドカフェは何ですか?

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First established in 2001 Maid Cafes (メイドカフェ) provide a unique dining experience for their patrons. In these cafe’s the waitresses, dressed in maid outfits, act as servants and treat their patrons as masters and mistresses of their own private home.

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The maid costume varies from cafe to cafe but most are based off of the traditional french maid costume. Often composed of a dress, petticoat, a pinafore, matching hair accessory, and stockings. Some waitresses also include animal ears to add more appeal.

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There are many rituals and additional services offered at many maid cafés. Maids greet customers with “Welcome home, Master (Mistress)” (お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様! Okaerinasaimase, goshujinsama) and offer them wipe towels and menus. Maids will also kneel by the table to stir cream and sugar into a customer’s coffee, and some cafés even offer spoon-feeding services to customers. Increasingly, maid cafés offer grooming services, such as ear cleanings and leg, arm, and back massages (provided the customer remains fully clothed), for an additional fee. Customers can also sometimes pay to play card or video games with maids.

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Customers are also expected to follow basic rules when patronizing a maid cafe. For example, customers should not touch a maid’s body, ask for a maid’s personal contact information, or otherwise invade her personal privacy. One common rule in a maid cafe is that photographs of maids or the cafe interior are forbidden. However, customers may have the option of paying an extra fee in order to get his or her photograph taken with a maid, possibly hand-decorated by the maid.

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Most maid cafes offer menus similar to those of more typical cafes. Customers can order coffee, other beverages, and a wide variety of entrees and desserts. However, in maid cafes, waitresses will often decorate a customer’s order with cute designs at his or her table. Syrup can be used to decorate desserts, and omelette rice (オムライス Omu-raisu) a popular entree, is typically decorated using ketchup. This service adds to the image of the waitress as an innocent but pampering maid.

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While found predominantly in Japan, maid cafes are expanding to overseas countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Canada and the United States. If you have one in your area I definitely suggest you checking it out! It is a fun a unique experience!

Hopefully, this gives you an idea about maid cafes (メイドカフェ). As always if you have any questions about this or any other topic I cover feel free to email me at colormeindie@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

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