Do You Think You Can be a - Maid Café Girl??
With the wide, wonderful world of the internet being what it is, getting up to speed with just about any trend, hobby or obsession is a snap! Sometimes, it's so easy to the extent that it automatically makes us assume that a particular job, hobby, artist or even community, is far simpler than it actually is.
In this new feature, I'll be shedding some light on various cosplay and cosplay-related/affiliated jobs, tasks and people and reveal some facts that I've stumbled across in my various trips.
Maid In Heaven... ?
That girl in the frilly dress that always greets you with a warm smile at the café- there's a lot more to her work than simply standing there and looking cute!
If you think you've got the stomach to be a 'meido' in Japan, here's just a brief list of what they're required to do:
- Greet & Interact with customers
Simply knowing how to say いらっしゃいませ(irasshaimase) doesn't quite cut it. To truly be a successful maid, one needs put in constant effort to assure that the customer gets the complete experience of feeling like a master!
That means chatting with them, playing games with them, and generally making sure they have a good time - all while strictly using your best keigo/polite Japanese. Get practicing and keep your energy level high!
At its heart, a Maid Café is still a café after all. Serving food and drinks properly without spilling it everywhere is a no-brainer, but Maid Cafés always add an extra bit of 'charm' to even basic things such as this!
Drawing 'oekaki'/doodles on drinks and food is a must-learn skill, and remembering your café’s 'power-up' ritual is a must - no matter how ridiculous it may seem!
Usually something only done by the more 'elite' maids in a café, this is an activity only done by the truly passionate of establishments!
Singing, dancing, and almost always a combination of both, performances in maid cafes are done periodically depending on the location. Almost always to a song that's popular (such as an AKB48 tune), some maid cafés even cook up their own original tunes.
If this sounds intimidating, don't be discouraged - some maids who prove their talent have a chance of even cutting their own debut albums!
- Giving out flyers
A maid café can't get customers if it doesn't head outside and promote it, right? Usually a task delegated to the younger, trainee maids, seeing a cute girl dressed in a full-on frilly outfit with a short skirt giving out flyers in the middle of Akihabara is a common sight. It might not be something everyone'd like to do, but every girl needs to do her part - even in the coldest of weathers!
So if you're ever in Akihabara (or anywhere in Japan for that matter) and see a Maid Café Girl up and about, won't you spare a thought for her hard work?