The “Dempa Models x 100 Cosplay” collection goes on sale August 8th.
We only just blogged about another Susaki cosplay photography project and it seems he is very much in the news these days.
The Dempa Gumi.inc girls are featured in student uniforms, nurse uniforms and more. The publishers hope to sell 5,000 copies in the first run.
While Dempa Gumi.inc may not have the profile of the ubiquitous AKB48, it has quite a cult following and they also performed in Paris at the Japan Expo this month.
Perfect for summer. If you own a pair of wheels, you know how driving it can build up a layer of dust and dirty, especially in a big city like Tokyo. Well, now you can get it clean and get your rocks off at the same time.
Take it to Akihabara, where hot girls in swimsuits are offering car-washing services from July 25th to August 30th.
The Sukuminsensha features a soapy spongig down, a high-pressure rinse, a tire wax and more, all done for you by lovely young ladies in swimsuits — and for the modest price of 10,000 yen.
You are even allowed to stay in the car and catch the girls do their stuff with the suds for the first rinse. Then you finish off the experience with a photo with the cute girls.
The service is located in a railway line arch, so you can be sure of intimacy and privacy.
Unfortunately, if you drive a Ferrari or other “luxury” car, you won’t be allowed to use the service, nor if your vehicle is a fire truck, police car or other vehicle that does road work (seriously, these terms and conditions are included).
Sadly the girls are protective of their sexy charms and don’t allow photography, so don’t expect to find any images floating around social media. I guess they have to look after the value of the experience and make it something you really have to experience yourself.
It’s not looking good for Akihabara’s maid cafes as customers drift away from paying exorbitant prices for cups of coffee where there are no “extras”.
According to a media report, maid cafes started in Akihabara in 2001 and then you get visit on for a drink for a mere ¥500. (These days it is more like double that or more!)
Based on national database figures, there were a mere 132 maid cafes in Akiba at the end of 2011. Since the peak was 282 cafes, this means 150 — over half — have closed.
In the decade the world economy has hardly done so well and Japan in particular is suffering under a recession. (But that has hardly led to otaku desisting from bulk-buying AKB48 CDs.) Maid cafes, though, have high costs because they have many more staff than is necessary.
While it is likely inconceivable that maid cafes will disappear from Akiba, the peak is long gone — and unless maid cafes can adapt and start to offer something new and better, their numbers will surely continue to dwindle.
Remember how last year we blogged about Soine-ya, the awesome bed-sharing place in Akihabara?
It’s a kind of logical mix of enjo kosai (compensated dating) and maid cafes, allowing you to snuggle up and “sleep” (but nothing more) with cute young girls.
They have now opened a new second place in Shinjuku and also offer a new service!
Now you can doze on a lady’s butt for the pricey sum of ¥1,000 per minute. That’s something like $11 for 60 seconds!
Not sure how much shut-eye I could get knowing my wallet was being emptied in such a way, but I guess it’s more the feeling you get on the back of your head rather than any actual genuine forty winks that is the attraction for patrons.
In terms of pure cash, you could get the whole wack or any number of halfway point services for much, much cheaper — especially in areas like Akiba or Shinjuku.
But as we always tell people, the appeal for this kind of thing is not simply sex. Sure, if you wanted to get your rocks off, you’d go about in a more logical way. There are more sensitive and ambiguous sexual (or is it even definable just as “sexual”?) leanings out there.
Do you like Akihabara maids?
Even if otaku idol girls are not your thing, everyone can still see that an Akihabara maid cafe lady is a hottie that needs to be given the real customer attention she demands.
Now you can… with just your hand.
The Akiba Maid Onahole has been cloned from a genuine Akibahara maid.
Now you can pump away inside a maid till your heart’s content every day — and without paying the silly table charges they slap on you in Akiba.
We visited one maid cafe last year and were a bit disappointed, to be honest. They were employing foreign maids and the whole place seemed catered to everyone’s idea of a maid cafe, rather than just getting on with the job itself. It had almost become a parody of itself.
Saying that, this was one of those places giving out flyers on the street so we’re sure there are some more interesting cafes if you are willing to search.
On a side note, Osaka’s maids are offering more than just cups of tea these days too, if you know where to look. Osaka, ever the dirtier cousin of Tokyo, has a district called Nipponbashi (not to be confused with Tokyo’s Nihonbashi, which is VERY different), a similar sort of place to Akiba.
There are now maid cafes in Nipponbashi who are still at school — AND they offer all kinds of “below the belt” services, reports Tokyo Reporter from the tabloids. You can get a “deep kiss”, hug or even oral sex. Now that’s what we call service.
We in Japan are no strangers to the irresistible allure of hot girls in maid outfits, with meido kissas continuing to grow in popularity year-in-year-out, countless manga and romance novels focusing on maid-and-master trysts and the almost-obligatory appearance of every AV idol ever in a maid-themed movie or ten. Perfectly straddling the border between endearing innocence and smouldering sexuality, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking maids (quite rightly) occupy one of the top spots in most every guy’s list of perfect fantasy girls.
Apparently folks in the West aren’t oblivious to the phenomenon either, as illustrated by a new article at AskMen.com entitled ‘Why Men Love Maids’. Using recent scandals involving ex-Governator Arnold Schwarzennegger and French politician/economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn and their respective dalliances with hired-help as a jumping-off point, the piece goes on to examine just what it is about maids that gets us all hot and bothered. ‘That dynamic breeds attraction,” comments Louise Rafkin, author of ‘Other People’s Dirt: A Housekeeper’s Adventures from Cape Cod to Kyoto’. ‘As the maid, you’re …walking into someone’s intimate personal little world, but you’re in your work world, and your job is to be polite, and you have to suck up to the boss… I can imagine being vulnerable, being seen at his possibly worst — that could be erotically appealing to a celebrity, because he feels that whoever sees him that way knows the real him. Like the outside world doesn’t know him, but the maid does.’
The article asserts that a feeling of dominance is one of the driving factors behind the appeal of maids: ‘The maid is a servant, so there’s this whole thing of being in charge of somebody else and being able to tell them what to do,” states sexual commentator (That’s a real job? Sweet.) David Steinberg. Rafkin meanwhile goes on to say ‘It’s also about men wanting to look at women on their knees. Men want to know that women are there to clean up after them. You only have to look at porn to figure that out.’ The critical tone carries over to the article’s commentary on the maid phenomenon as it exists in Japan: ‘[E]stablishments like Tokyo’s Cure Maid Cafe feature hot young waitresses dressed in kitschy “French maid” costumes who treat diners like masters and mistresses, sometimes offering massages and even kneeling tableside to stir cream and sugar into drinks. Fueled by sexy-maid-themed manga and anime, the trend is now taking off across Asia.’
With its ever-so-slightly preachy tone, the article misses one of the key reasons maid (and indeed any) costumes appeal to us: escapism. Cosplay, sexy or otherwise, is, after all, about role-playing – becoming somebody else and playing a different role in life, however briefly. After all, what’s more fun than losing yourself inside your own private fantasy world? (Oh, yeah! Losing yourself inside a sexy costumed Japanese girl while you’re at it. I know how I’m spending my weekend.) However, it does at least concede that the power dynamic that fuels a maid-master relationship and lends it such intoxicating appeal is far from one-sided: ‘As a maid, you get to see their secrets. You know things. You witness things… So, in a way, your bosses are beholden to you. You have power over them. The ‘poor maid’ thing is not the real story.’
Interesting food for thought from which you can draw your own conclusions. In the meantime, I know I’ll be continuing to enjoy the sights at my local maid café just as much as always – and should YOU ever feel the need to do more than just look, don’t pull an Arnie and try to ruin it for the rest of us! Head over to the ever-reliable Kanojo Toys for all your maid-related needs.
Creator and marketing mad scientist behind AKB48, Akimoto Yasushi, was quoted as saying, “The least popular members are holding us back and we need to get rid of them.” due to the less than stellar turn out for Oku Manami’s graduation announcement event.
Of course you know Atsuko Maeda, Tomomi Itano and Yuko Ohshima. He’s not talking about them. He’s talking about the huge chorus of unknowns behind them who do little more than create a cheerleader effect that gets so many otaku hearts fluttering.
Upon hearing this news, quite a few of the “unpopular members” as they are referred to, said they would rather quit than be cut, and many have moved themselves straight up the list and next to “graduate”.
Akimoto, the man and not the hot captain of Team K Sayaka Akimoto, used the concept of “meeting real idols daily” when he started AKB48. With that in mind, the AKB theater was opened in Akihabara and AKB shows can been seen daily there. As one could imagine, with a daily show the heavy hitters of AKB’s supple line up won’t be in attendance, so it takes these less popular members to keep the day to day business afloat.
The other problem being if the “unpopulars” all decide to leave at once, that leaves no room for the headliners to move on and graduate as they move on to other projects. In order to try and counter this kind of problem, at the most recent AKB48 new member auditions more trainees were accepted than usual and seem to be rushing through their “initiation” of sorts. Once they are full fledged members, the next in line to graduate can start to leave.
Aside from a few very dedicated fans, does a large changing of the guard have that much affect on the rest of us? Sorry, but no. We can still watch the “Heavy Rotation” video with the girls in their lingerie and the sound turned down as we try to guess who the next Riko Yamaguchi is. Sorry girls, I hardly knew you…because you were basically backdrop.
Which of these barely legal Japanese Idols would you pick to bark for you?
That’s the theme for the new Wonda coffee campaign staring our favorite future porn stars. The rules are simple. When you buy a Wonda coffee, remove the campaign sticker and go to the website and “place your bets” on a roulette wheel full of, you guessed it, the AKB48 girls. If you choose the correct girl, she will say “wan wan!” (woof woof) and you win a dog strap for your cellphone (lame) and a limited edition AKB Wonda coffee with a picture of one of the members on the can.
The winning girl changes every morning at 8am and if you want more chances at getting your limited edition AKB Wonda coffee, you just have to buy more coffee. Can you get Wonda coffee outside of Japan? Unfortunately, no. I’ll give it a shot and let you guys know if I won. You can have the doggie cell phone strap if you guess right.
Adidas announced their new model “Originals” in true Akihabara style last week with maids.
Katou Natsuki appeared first on stage in a blue maid outfit holding the new model in her hand and greeted all the otaku (geeks) in their very own language, “Sorry for making you wait master(s). Natsuki da nyan!” Nyan is the sound a cat makes. When maids take the stage, the otaku watch. When the maids add a meow at the end of their sentence, the otaku “stand” at attention.
Natsuki, who has previously admitted to being a bit of a cosplayer, broke character after her grand entrance and admitted to everyone how embarassed she was. “I even practiced last night in the bath!” The otaku found this more stimulating that the line itself and pushed for the embarassed Katou to say it again.
Flashbulbs continually went off as Katou explained to the audience how to properly wear Adidas in a fashionable way showing the real reason the audience was there, to see maids on stage and creepily take as many pictures as possibly from a safe distance as only we otaku know how to do. Katou then riled up the audience even more telling them about her ideal man and the fact that he doesn’t have to wear a costume, she just wants him to watch as she struts her stuff. Oh yeah, and there were shoes…
Maids tickle your fancy? I never understood the fascination until I had one fully dressed standing in front of me in a love hotel. I guess that’s a story for a different time. In the meanwhile, check out the sexy maid outfits over at Kanojo Toys and make a few fun stories of your own. Stories means have maid sex.
Nostalgia is a powerful tool and Yahoo reports that super popular idol group Morning Musume is calling back all of our favorite graduates to form a Dream Team to battle the young whipper snappers from groups like AKB48.
Dream Morning Musume’s roster includes Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki and Kusumi Koharu. Tsuji Nozomi, another former member, was slated to join but after the birth of her second child she’s taking some child care leave. While the currently active Morning Musume has an average age of 17.5, the newly formed Dream Morning Musume, who is planning on releasing 2 new songs and going on tour in April, has an average age of 27.
Although still quite young by western standards, some of these ladies are quite scared to get back on stage. The original members started their careers 13 years ago and aren’t sure how the audience will react. In my opinion, I think these ladies will bring out some of the fully legal desires we have, unlike the desires we’ve been having about some of the AKB girls, and they may be able to make this work. So long as some of them go into porn afterward. Yes, that is what I’m hoping for.
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