Published on Feb 28, 2013
Butler Cafes in Tokyo and Japan - Continuing with my series on hosts, this video is about Butler cafés in Japan and Tokyo, which is a weird off-spring from the Host clubs, and is something more along the lines of what would happen a Host Club had a love child with a bad Teen Princess tv series, and ends up being a weird mix between a Host Club and a Maid Cafe (but with Butlers instead). They are a bit related to Maid Cafes in that way, I suppose! There's also one called swallowtail butler cafe tokyo in, well, Tokyo.
Butler cafes are a pretty new thing, in the big picture, and aren't all that wide spreak in Japan. Unlike host and hostess clubs, of which there are a TON, there just aren't that many butler cafes. They also aren't what a lot of people think they are.
You can find my previous video on hosts in Japan here:
"Host Club in Japan - The Bad Stuff"
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To my knowledge, it started out as a single one, but several "copy cats" have sprung up since then - I'm pretty sure I remember finding several "butler cafes" back when I was looking for work several years ago.
The cafe was opened in mid-2006 by Yuki Hirohata, when she said she "came up with the idea during her previous job as an office worker as a way of escaping her workaholic world." Maid cafes have been a staple of otaku culture in Japan since they first sprouted in Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic and anime goods shopping center around 2000. These, and other theme cafes of similar nature have become increasingly popular in Japan and more recently in other countries throughout the world. Since opening, the cafe has attracted over 2,000 frequent customers and has appeared in several publications and media articles. In July 2008 it was featured in a story by CNN which focussed on the social aspect of Japanese society as to why such a cafe is something that Japanese women have been searching for.
"Tokyo cafe taps into women's Prince Charming fantasies
(AFP) -- Feb 19, 2008
TOKYO (AFP) — In a nation where many girls grow up on Western fairy tales, Tokyo's Butlers Cafe is tapping into the popular fantasy that they will grow up to meet their Prince Charming.
Just stepping over the threshold, Japanese woman can forget for a few hours that they are in Shibuya, one of the capital's most crowded areas, and enter a world where a handsome man rushes to the tinkle of her bell, goes down one knee and asks: "Yes, my princess?"
The cafe offers a variety of homemade food, sweets and drinks, as well as photo shoots in which a favourite butler holds the woman in the air -- and English lessons.
Since opening in mid-2006, Butlers Cafe has attracted around 2,000 frequent customers."
There's also a couple of good videos on YouTube of butler cafes!
"We, Suppin Japan, introduce japanese culture. This time, We've been "Shitsuji Cafe" -Butler's Cafe- at "Otome Road" ,ikebukuro, Tokyo."
"Butlers Cafe on Morning TV - Shibuya, Tokyo - Japan"
"The strange and wonderful world of Shibuya, Tokyo. The only place to find two Canadians, a Swed and an Englishman pleasing Japanese princesses!"
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