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  • - [Voiceover] We're in Akihabara, Tokyo today and we're about to go into a maid cafe.

  • If you're not familiar with the concept, basically it's a cafe full of young girls dressed like maids who serve food and alcohol and drinks.

  • It's got sort of a weird reputation.

  • Some people say it's pervy, it's sex work, it's a strip club, it's full of weird dudes but we're going to get to the bottom of all of that, by asking the girls that work there what makes them want to put work there, what makes them want to put the maid suit on everyday and come to work.

  • - So the girls in the cafe were saying that they typically make around 900 yen as a starting salary, which is pretty normal for somewhere in the service industry in Japan.

  • What's good, what should I get?

  • - Combo.

  • - Combo, ok can I get a cup of coffee.

  • Perfect!

  • So I couldn't just do the dance without the food?

  • This with the dance?

  • I think I'm going to do alcohol.

  • (laughing)

  • So I just ordered a cocktail and a live dance.

  • I have no idea what that's going to look like but we're going to find out.

  • (singing in Japanese)

  • Wow ok.

  • (both laughing)

  • That is delicious.

  • Thank you, thank you.

  • This is my, this is my photograph.

  • Yeah they drawed on it, it is adorable.

  • I will keep this forever, thank you.

  • So the last part is the dance?

  • - [Maid] Oh dance.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (clapping)

  • - We went to a maid cafe today to figure out is it weird, is it strange, is it pervy.

  • The answer is it's fairly innocent.

  • I think there are some guys that might take it a little too seriously, but for the most part it's young girls having a fun time dancing, serving fun drinks.

- [Voiceover] We're in Akihabara, Tokyo today and we're about to go into a maid cafe.

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The Truth Behind Japanese Maid Cafés

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    Elise Chuang posted on 2021/05/12
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