After starting off a few years ago as something of a novelty, there are now a multitude of maid cafes throughout the length and breadth of Japan, with Tokyo’s Akihabara district in particular having an especially large number of them.
In fact, these kinds of cafes have now become so common that variations on the theme have already started to appear, such as the serene and civilised St. Grace Court for example. A relaxing retreat that that capably caters for those of a more spiritual nature, making it a charming little spot that rather cleverly combines cappuccinos and convents.
Such versatility has also seen similar places set up for women, with butlers rather than maids taking over the serving duties.
And in a similar vein, Sweet Maiden has now opened for business in Osaka; an establishment that allows its customers to live the life of a princess – or at the very least dress up like one.
Plus as well as getting rigged out in royal regalia, the clienteles cravings are catered for with cute as can be cakes and main courses – over half of everything seemingly served heart-shaped.
However unlike the succession-obsessed media’s treatment of real Japanese princesses, Sweet Maiden thankfully stops short of heartlessly harassing its customers to the point of hurt and ill health.
(huge thanks to Ken at What Japan Thinks for the tip)