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Cosplay
Cosplay
restaurants (コスプレ系飲食店, Kosupure-kei inshokuten) are theme restaurants and pubs that originated in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, around the year 1999. [1][2][3][4][5][6] They include maid cafés (メイドカフェ, Meido kafe) and butlers café (執事喫茶, shitsuji kissa), where the service staff dress as elegant maids, or as butlers. Such restaurants and cafés have quickly become a staple of Japanese otaku culture. Compared with service at normal cafés, the service at cosplay cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treat the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather than merely as café customers. The popularity of cosplay restaurants and maid cafes has spread to other regions in Japan, such as Osaka's Den Den Town
Den Den Town
as well as to places outside Japan, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, and the Philippines.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Characteristics

1.1 Maid
Maid
café 1.2 Others 1.3 Butler
Butler
café

2 Variants 3 North America 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Characteristics[edit] Maid
Maid
café[edit] Main article: Maid
Maid
cafe In a standard maid cafe the female employees dress up as french maids (occasionally, the maids may wear rabbit or cat ears for extra cute appeal) and refer to the customers as either Master (ご主人様, goshujinsama) or Mistress (お嬢様, ojōsama). Upon entering one of such stores, the customer is greeted with the customary "Welcome home, Master" (お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様!, Okaerinasaimase, goshujinsama), offered a wipe towel and shown a food/drink menu. Popular dishes include cakes (sometimes baked by the maids themselves), ice-cream, omurice, spaghetti, as well as drinks such as Coca-Cola, tea, milk or alcoholic beverages such as beer or, in some cases, even champagne. Other options (of service) include taking polaroid pictures (either of the maid alone, together with another maid or with the customer, which are then decorated using colored markers or stickers), playing card, video games, and/or even slightly more unusual ones, such as being slapped by one or more of the maids. There exists a wide range of establishments catering to specific tastes and offering different services to customers. Others[edit] In other stores, the outfits and even the setting itself change. In school-themed cafes, for example, customers are referred to as senpai instead of Master or Mistress. Inside, regular tables are replaced by school desks and even the menu is served in trays reminiscent of the ones used in Japanese schools. Other themes include, little sister (妹, imōto), shrine girl (巫女, miko) or railway (鉄道, tetsudō) cafes/izakaya. Recently, with the maid cafe scene booming, additional related services have become popular. These include ear cleaning (耳かき, Mimikaki), a foot or hand massage, photography sessions (the customer typically rents time in a studio during which he can tell a maid which costume to wear and how to pose) or even "dates" with maids. Butler
Butler
café[edit] See also: Butlers café While most cosplay restaurants and maid cafes cater mostly to men, there is also a type for women called the butler café (執事喫茶, shitsuji kissa). The butlers in these cafes are well-dressed male employees and may wear either a typical waiter's uniform or even a tuxedo or tails.[7] One butler cafe has its waiters cosplay as teenage schoolboys, in an effort to appeal to the fujoshi who enjoy Boys' Love.[8] There are also cross-dressing (male disguise style (男装系, dansō-kei)) butler cafes, where female staff dress up as butlers, instead of actual men. Variants[edit] With the popularity of maid cafes, a number of other businesses have followed. Within Akihabara
Akihabara
alone one can find several legitimate massage parlors, a maid eyeglass store, and at least one cosplay/maid izakaya. North America[edit] One maid cafe which opened in the west was the "i maid cafe" located in Scarborough, Ontario, and was featured in CBC's newsmagazine, The Hour. The cafe was closed in November 2007 because management failed to pay back rent.[9] In December 2007, Royal-T opened in Culver City, California, and has been featured in several magazines, such as Elle and the LA Times. It is a combination of maid cafe, store, and art gallery. The restaurant closed after five years.[10][11] In September, 2008, a Japanese franchise Crepe House Uni, opened in Davis, California, but closed in 2010. Their workers wore maid uniforms, but it was not exactly a maid cafe. In 2012 a maid cafe called "Chou Anime" opened up in the Midtown district of Detroit, Michigan.[12] Information about the cafe can be seen on their website. Chou Anime was officially closed on Saturday, September 22, 2012 due to not seeing a steady flow of customers. In August 18, 2013, " Maid
Maid
Cafe NY" opened in New York City, New York. While also serving food, the store also offers various cosplay items for sale and live music entertainment.[13][14] See also[edit]

Japan
Japan
portal

Maid
Maid
in Akihabara, a short Japanese television drama Cosplay No-pan kissa

References[edit]

^ A Quantum City: Mastering the Generic ^ The Origins and History of Cosplay ^ Best Cosplay
Cosplay
Cafés in Tokyo ^ Akihabara, aka “Electric Town” - Stephen Kelly Creative - WordPress ... ^ A haircut and more at Maid
Maid
Café
Café
- Houston Chronicle ^ 動漫帶動起的新型餐廳—女僕咖啡廳 Page 2 or 3 ^ Full-scale 'butler cafe' opens doors in Akihabara
Akihabara
district[dead link], Mainichi Daily News, Retrieved April 3, 2007 ^ Yoko Kubota (29 February 2008). "Boy cafes, sexy comics feed Japan's girl geek boom". Yahoo! India News. Reuters. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2013.  ^ " Maid
Maid
Café
Café
in Canada
Canada
Shuts Down (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  ^ "Royal/T". Archived from the original on 2008-03-27.  ^ " Maid
Maid
Cafe in LA: Royal /T Cafe!". Clockwork Machina!. 2008-04-09.  ^ " Maid
Maid
Cafe brings Japanese pop culture to midtown". Archived from the original on 2012-10-14.  ^ " Maid
Maid
Cafe NY - Japanese Food & Sweets in New York City". maidcafeny.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016.  ^ https://www.facebook.com/MaidCafeNY

External links[edit]

Maid
Maid
cafe database (in Japanese) http://kotaku.com/5751634/hang-out-in-nerd-paradise-with-maids https://web.archive.org/web/20121014182530/http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120812/OPINION03/208120314 http://www.moe-navi.jp/

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restaurant ( Maid
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café Butlers café) Internet café
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(PC bang) Dabang (Korea) Kissaten Konditorei Kopi tiam Mamak stall Meikyoku kissa No-pan kissa Parisian café Penny University Socrates Cafe Sidewalk cafe Utagoe coffeehouse Vie

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