Themed cafes are very popular in Japan with new, novel takes on this concept cropping up and finding success in the larger cities. Maid cafes are an entertaining experience rather than a quiet place for a light meal. The women of Shangrila are playful and have a way of bringing out the playful side in even the shiest of customers. Cafes like Shangrila are often small and have seating charges. There are also drink minimums.
Shangrila – Akihabara’s First Plus-Size Maid Cafe
Shangrila: Japan’s First Plus-Size Maid Cafe – grape Japan
Like what the hell? Is it too much to grab a snuggly teddy bear and curl up in bed? Everyone has a fantasy. It could be cute, or it could be dark. Either way, we keep them to ourselves, but Japan is a society that embraces all guilty pleasures. Japanese people are stereotyped as quiet and shy.
Shangrila, a maid cafe staffed exclusively by cute 'plump' girls, opens in Akihabara
While the typical maid eye candy is waifishly petite, curves and fat rolls are celebrated here. With the recent success of La Farfa magazine for plus size women and the growing popularity of glamazon entertainer Watanabe Naomi, fat acceptance is steadily growing. Shangrila charges an hourly seating fee of yen before 6PM and afterwards. The menu, though a bit pricey, is said to have the best food of all the maid cafes in Akihabara. I came to Shangrila on a Saturday evening during bar hours.
But one type of maid cafe that has been sorely lacking is one dedicated to girls with a fuller figure, the kind of girls known in Japan by the playful monicker of marshmallow girls. But all that changes now. Shangrila is a maid cafe that recently opened in Akihabara, and it will be staffed completely by more well-rounded young women.