And Now, For The Weirdest SFW Cafes In Japan

As if you needed another reason to move to Japan.

1. First off, the infamous “Maid Cafes”

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.

Sometimes they offer additional services, such as ear-cleaning and massages.

A “Chubby Maid Cafe” is also in business. Vice interviewed several of their waitresses in 2009.

4. …And the male counterpart, “Butler Cafes”

5. “Cross-dressing Maid Cafes” also exist

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

6. The next logical step: “Granny Cafes”

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.

7. “Bunny Cafes” are mandatory

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

They serve adorable food for bunnies AND humans.

9. “Cat Cafes” are DEFINITELY a societal improvement

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.

11. “Falconer Cafes” are a thing too

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

14. Tokyo is also home to a “Vampire Cafe”

All of their food is appropriately plated.

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

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

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

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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