February 3, 2017
Ok, I’ll stop acting confused now. Though I wasn’t acting when I was there. I was genuinely thrown off with my first experience at a maid cafe. It’s been a few weeks since we filmed this video, and I’m not as overwhelmed as I was before. And I think I’ve found a new appreciation for maid cafes that I couldn’t see at first.
Walking in there for me was bizarre. Everyone speaking higher pitched, people were dancing, music was blaring. It was all a sensory overload, and – though I’m playful an silly – this was just weird to me. Tacky. I couldn’t see what the appeal of a maid cafe was…until I started paying attention to other customers.
What I found interesting is how regular folks go there. A couple of older guys came in, separately, and both looked really tired at first. One was wiping his head and looking down on the ground a lot. But when the maid came by, I could see him changing. He laughed a bit. He smiled when they Moe Moe Kyuuuued over his food. And when at first I thought the whole concept was weird, when I saw these other customers I started to feel like maid cafes serve a purpose. I mean, if you’ve had a shit day at work, if your boss was being difficult all day, why not have dinner at a maid cafe? Everything is brighter there, happier there. Everyone working is upbeat and playful. And, when you’re there, and you’re shaking your wand over your curry, and you’re singing spells over your omurice, you can’t help but feel a little happier, you know? The maid cafe isn’t selling food as much as it’s selling chipperness, selling a chance to step away from a shitty day and to be around happy people. I can’t fault them for that. It makes a bit more sense to me now.
I think I really opened up once I started interacting with the maids more. When she gave me a wand I thought it was going to be awkward, but I played along and suspended disbelief, and I just had fun. And in letting myself do so I liked the maid cafe a lot more.
Would I go there again? Ahh, I don’t know. I wouldn’t actively seek it out. Martina and I do our best to make each other happy when the other feels down, but if we went to a maid cafe with friends, I’d totally play along. I won’t be as confuffled as before. I’ll grab my wand and sing my songs right away!
One thing to note: if you plan on going to a maid cafe, you’re most often not allowed to shoot video. We were invited there for a press event, for the Gudetama cafe opening. The people that were shown in the video were there for press as well. However, we stayed longer than the press event, and when regular customers started to come in, we were told not to film in their direction, which we honoured. We saw some really interesting things that I wish we could have filmed! I think we saw a regular customer there who had a stamp card, and I think he got enough stamps, so he was brought on stage and all of the maids sang a song around him as he sat in the middle. It was cute. Would have been great for a video, but I understand their desire for privacy.
You can check out the Maid Cafe’s website here for directions on how to get there if you want to visit!
Otherwise, that’s it for this week’s video. We couldn’t post another video this week because we were gone for three days over the weekend and one day this week to film with another master chef, and I think this is going to be the prettiest video we’ve ever done holy smokes it was awesome. I hope you all like it when it comes out in March! Till then, we’ve got some bloopers from this week’s video as well, if you feel like some extra laughs :D