Japanese Subcultures You Won’t Believe Are Real!

Japan welcomes over 20 million foreign visitors annually, but for some reason, much of their culture remains enigmatic to the Western world. There’s a lot to discover within Japan’s amazing culture and you’ll soon see that ideas like cuddle cafes and sleeping on the job are considered perfectly normal in Japanese society. Some things may surprise you or have you scratching your head — like why a certain American food chain is packed at the end of the year!

You’re The Master Of These Japanese Meido Kafes

You’re The Master Of These Japanese Meido Kafes

Any service you’ve received at a restaurant might be considered subpar once you’ve set foot into one of Japan’s meido kafes, or maid cafes. Once you enter such establishments, waitresses dressed in frilly anime-like maid costumes will serve you as if you are their master (or mistress), rather than a regular cafe patron. Maid cafes originated in Akihabara, an area in Toyko home to the otaku, or nerd, district. The concept has been so popular that competition has encouraged cafes to ramp up their service by trying to make customers’ experiences as fun and exciting as possible. But don’t be mistaken, these maid cafes are not intended to be sexual in any way.