I don’t think I would have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself:
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Very roughly translated, it says:
Walk with a maid
Explanation: walk around Akihabara and spend some time with a maid on a shopping date. We’ll have an enjoyable time!
1 hour: AUD $60
3 hour “pack”: AUD $165
5 hour “pack”: AUD $250
Additional 35 minutes: $35
Maid cafes are already quite (in)famous in the Akihabara electronics-wonderland district. Once you enter the cafe (apparently), I hear (through unsubstantiated conjecture) that the waitstaff are usually young ladies who (supposedly) wear maid outfits and address customers very reverentially, as they would an employer. Allegedly. To be fair, the equivalent “butler cafes” also exist.
“Walk with a maid” takes it to another level. As it says, you’re paying for the company of a young lady who’s dressed like a maid or a 60’s airline hostess. She’ll walk around on your arm (and be seen in public with you, no less!) as you tour the unequalled geeky surrounds of Akihabara, no doubt pretending to be amazed of your exploits about that time you totally owned that guy in World of Warcraft. I was also told the story of a guy who hired one of these young ladies to go to Tokyo Disneyland for a day with him, which cost over AUD $1000. That story makes me a little depressed.
So, it’s all generally innocent as far as I can tell, but there is something just a little bit disturbing about it…