We all know that the Japanese have a very strange (to us) culture, and their eateries are really no different. These are some of the strangest, and safe for work, cafe concepts that exist in Japan
First off, the infamous
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.
Staffed entirely by straight men, Tokyo's premier cross-dressing maid cafe Hibari-tei opened its doors in 2009.
The next logical step:
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.
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.
Though I question the hygiene of places that serve food in such close proximity to animals.
...as well as
There are eight of these around Japan, so there's no excuse to miss out on dining underneath a gothic altar.
Of course, nothing beats the newest addition to the scene: Tokyo's
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. Personally, it sounds a bit awkward. But to each their own.