Then again, I've never really thought that seriously about frying pans.
For years now, maid cafes have been popular in Japan's geek and gaming districts. Most of them are similar and staffed by frilly maids that speak in high-pitched voices. This cafe, however, has a cheeky twist.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo's geek and gaming district Akihabara for allegedly robbing a maid cafe. Before committing the robbery, the suspect apparently got his photo taken with a maid.
Afraid of the dentist? A Taiwanese dental clinic thinks it has a solution: hygienists decked out in maid uniforms. Um, okay!
In China, one airline isn't just flying the friendly skies. It's cosplaying in them. Spring Airlines, a Shanghai-based budget airline, is dressing up its male cabin attendants as butlers and its female ones as maids.
My apartment is a mess, my many online game accounts are in terrible disarray and need attention, but with two jobs and a dog, I really don't have time to do everything I should. However, according to a post on Sina Weibo, a Chinese IT company is offering a service that can change all that; a house-call maid service.
This past weekend, Akihabara maid cafe Schatzkiste morphed from cute to scary. A "Maid of the Dead" event was held, and zombie maids in blood stained aprons staffed the cafe. The undead served special items like eyeball juice and zombie-finger rice omelets.
It started with a promise: "If the class' test scores this month are the highest for this grade in school, I will teach in a maid's outfit," a teacher in China apparently told her students.
You need someone on the inside. Somebody who knows the score. Somebody in a maid outfit? Well, that's exactly what you can get if you hire a Japanese maid to show you around the geekier parts of town.
In geek districts like Tokyo's Akihabara and Osaka's Den-Den Town, maids in frilly dresses serve food and drink. Maids call their patrons "master" (ご主人様). But not all girls want to wear frilly drinks. Not all of them want to call patrons "master".
In Japanese geek meccas like Tokyo's Akihabara and Osaka's Nipponbashi, otaku (nerds) flock to maid cafes. The establishments are staffed with young women, eager to talk, serve rice omelets, and play paper-rock-scissors with customers.
In Japan, you expect to see maids in cute cafes, slinging coffee and rice omelets. But for two days earlier this week, they popped up in an unexpected location: a blood donation center.
For a generation, Anna Miller's was more than a coffee shop. For a generation, it inspired video games, anime, and countless cosplay. For a generation, it's quickly becoming a memory.
You might have a job. You might be between jobs or you might be out of one entirely. Same goes for many in Japan. But what they spend their unemployment checks on might differ from what their counterparts do elsewhere.
Japan is famous for its service. Waiters and waitress are attentive and prompt, and they don't even expect a tip! It's very easy to get accustomed to. But sometimes good service gets old. Sometimes otaku just want to be treated like crap.
Den-Den Town, Osaka's "denkigai" or "electric town", is known for its used game retailers like Super Potato and figure shops like Osaka Gundams. There are also the maid cafes, where folks can get a coffee and talk to a maid. Some, however, are serving way more than coffee.
Akihabara. The mere mention of it conjures images of retro game shops, arcades, aisles of manga and maids, yes, maids. Wouldn't it be great to visit them? Like, right now?
Step off the train at Tokyo's geek and gaming mecca Akihabara, and you'll see them: maids. Besides serving cake and coffee at maid cafes, maids pop up in video games, manga and anime. They're typically young. Not these maids, though.
Early last month, we brought word of a spot in Akihabara called "Refresh Club" where folks can shell out to play Wii with Japanese ladies dressed as maids. Now, website AkibaMap took one for the team and checked it out.