Hey everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! So recently, I went to one of the things Tokyo is known for and that is a maid café. It was so much fun, and it also allowed me to practice my Japanese language skills more. Also, the food was some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life.

So, to start, I went to the maid café with my friends from the dorm and the maid café we went to was in Akihabira. When you get to the maid café the first thing that happens is, the workers greet you, then they inform you of the specials they are having on food just like any other restaurant. But, they also write your name down on a “maid passport” in katakana so they can address you by name whenever they interact with you.  After that they proceed to put headband ears on you. The friends I went with were given bear ears to wear and I was given rabbit ears. This is because females are given bear ears where as males are given rabbit ears. Note, this all happened before we even ordered our food.

So, in order to get the maids attention to place an order you have to do a unique gesture and noise. You have to say “nyan nyan!” while rubbing your face like a cat. Why nyan nyan? Because, in Japan that is the sound for cats. It’s the U.S equivalent of “meow”. Doing this action was definitely the most unique method to order food since living in Japan. The food was so good and the parfait I had was one of the best desserts I have ever had in my life!  After enjoying our food, there was a concert in the maid café!

This concert was so cool, and my friends and I were given glowsticks to wave while one of the maids sung on a small stage. Also, while that was going on, another maid was waving giant glowsticks. There was also a disco ball and a lot of flashing lights. Between the maid singing on stage and the maid swinging the glowsticks, I didn’t know which way to look because both were so talented. While in the café photos and video were prohibited, so I have no photos of this experience, but it was still so much fun! This is just one of the many types of themed cafés that Japan has, and I cannot wait to see what the next themed café has to offer!

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