How Delightfully Condescending.
â€œOur maids donâ€™t call customers master and the girls are sweet rather than flirty,â€ Ms. Hancock said. â€œWe want customers to come in and feel like theyâ€™re in Alice in Wonderland, not Hooterâ€™s.â€
- Susan Hancock, owner of a new New York Maid Cafe. Who has never been to a Japanese Maid Cafe.
Check out this New York Times article on a recently opened American Maid Cafe. The owner does her best to distance herself from Otaku culture whilst simultaneously trying to sell that same culture to hipsters. It’s kind of amazing, in a “with an attitude like that they probably won’t be open by the next time I make it to New York” kind of a way.
If anyone is traveling to Tokyo anytime soon (or, you know, already there), you owe it to yourself to check out a real maid cafe in Akihabara. The experience really can’t be duplicated, and there’s a lot more going on culturally and psychologically, I feel, than what’s hinted at in the article. I know we had a good time during our visit…
Photo of a Murakami “DoB” sculpture from the Brooklyn Museum Murakami Show. Photo by me. Thanks to Nathalie for the heads-up on this article.