Akihabara and @home cafe

Perhaps one of the most “Japanese” places that I’ve been to in Japan. As in… the Japan that I recognize from when I used to really into anime. Electric City in Akihabara is just filled with all things wonderful for anime fans.

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One thing that I’m super excited this year is the revival of Sailor Moon. There is going to be a new anime series out – upgraded if you will. Sailor Moon was the first anime that I ever watched and I’m looking forward to seeing them bring it back. And thus, to celebrate, I got a capsule toy – Tuxedo Mask.

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The reason I wanted to go to Akihabara was to check out the maid cafe experience. Although it was a little strange going to one by myself – young, single, female tourist – I’m still glad I went to see what it’s like for myself. It took me awhile to find @home cafe which I have found as the one that’s recommended most. And just as I was taking a rest from my search, it was in the building that I decided to stop for a minute at.

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The little information board at the ground floor of the building was mostly in Japanese … but I did recognize the words “One Direction” and if my deductions are correct, these famous boys may have visited the same cafe when they went to Tokyo. Which is pretty cool.

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There are three different floors for the maid cafe. And pictures are prohibited inside. You can take pictures of the food and drinks though. And I managed to get a few pictures before going in.

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I had to get a “set” while I was in here – so I got the drinks and photo set. And got a nice matcha (green tea) and got a photo with the maid of my choice.

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As strange as this cafe was… I enjoyed my experience. The girls were all really nice – well, I suppose that’s the role as the maid and me as the master. Although the information board said that the English-speaking maid wasn’t in.. many of the girls knew enough English to converse with me. And the maid that served me – that sounds strange – she was so sweet and gave me a present. A chopstick from the cafe, on which she put stickers of the Japanese and Canadian flag.

Definitely worth a visit for the experience – in a completely innocent, just-for-fun sort of way.

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