Weirdest Cafes in Japan

November 20, 2012

Featured, Lifestyle

First off, the infamous “Maid Cafes”

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These cafes, where waitresses dress in frilly maid outfits and act as servants, first emerged in Tokyo in the early 2000s. Since then, they have gained significant popularity and expanded to other countries including the United States.

…And the male counterpart, “Butler Cafes”

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“Cross-dressing Maid Cafes” also exist

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Staffed entirely by straight men, Tokyo’s premier cross-dressing maid cafe Hibari-tei opened its doors in 2009.

The next logical step: “Granny Cafes”

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Cafe Rottenmeier is a European-style cafe with “granny” servers ranging in age from 24 to 77. Mother cafes exist as well, but we won’t go there.

“Bunny Cafes” are mandatory

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This is Tokyo’s Ra.a.g.f. (Rabbit and grow fat) Cafe in Harajuku.

“Cat Cafes” are DEFINITELY a societal improvement

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Patrons pay an hourly fee to drink tea and play with kitties. Themed cat cafes — for black cats, calico, rare breeds, and more — have also been established.

“Falconer Cafes” are a thing too

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Might as well throw a “Reptile Cafe” into the mix

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Tokyo is also home to a “Vampire Cafe”

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…as well as “Christon Cafes,” for a Catholic vibe

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There are eight of these around Japan, so there’s no excuse to miss out on dining underneath a gothic altar.

Of course, nothing beats the newest addition to the scene: Tokyo’s “Cuddle Cafe”

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Soineya, which opened in October, is a cafe where customers pay to cuddle with cute girls. Gazing into each other’s eyes comes at an additional charge. Sign me up?

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