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Male Maids Serve It Up At Japan's First Cross-Dressing Maid Cafe


At Hibari-kei, your maid just might be a master - actually they ALL are, since this unique floating Maid Cafe is the first in Japan to feature cross-dressing male maid servers.

Tokyo's Akihabara district is famed for its Maid Cafes - small, often themed restaurants staffed by young women wearing maid costumes. From humble beginnings, the Maid Cafe phenomenon has branched out to include Eyeglasses Cafes, Ear-cleaning Cafes, even Scientist Lab Coat Cafes... all featuring nubile servers of the feminine persuasion.

Gender equality is intruding into this particular perfumed world, however. First came Butler Cafes; basically the reverse of the usual Maid Cafe in which elegant male butlers served mainly female customers with upper class English civility. Now the other high-heeled shoe has dropped: get ready for Hibari-kei, "the one and only cross-dressing maid cafe in Akiba."

Hibari-kei is staffed by cross-dressing male waiters who, for the most part, work at assorted IT industry jobs in the Akihabara area. By day they look and act like average Japanese salarymen - by night, look out! That fashionably dressed, soft-spoken techie who replaced your computer's hard drive this morning just could be Chazuke (left) or Ichigoneko (Strawberry Cat), two of Hibari-kei's many marvelous male maids.





If you'd like to visit Hibari-kei - their clientele seems to be a unisex mix - visit their website to find out their latest location. Yes, Hibari-kei is a sort of "floating cafe" that holds pre-planned events at several regular Maid Cafes in the area, such as Royal Milk, Nomidokoro Wood and Honey Sheep. The website also provides news on the evening's theme; for example, the popular Nostril Challenge... I'll just leave that to your imagination. Hibari-kei's website is worth a visit even if you don't live in Japan, as the maids have their own profile pages and some of those link to their personal blogs.

All in all, Hibari-kei offers something off the beaten track to visitors who think they've seen everything Japanese Otaku culture has to offer.

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Steve Levenstein
J A P A N O R A M A
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Dec 23, 2009
by Anonymous

Male Maids

Ewwww....

Dec 28, 2009
by Anonymous

grow up idiot

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Jul 20, 2010
by Anonymous

Male maids

interesting....

Jan 11, 2011
by Anonymous

Charming!

Innovative and engaging, absolutely brilliant! Now, if the trend were to expand into other parts of the world, that would be a true marvel.