Maid’s Café, Yaoi, Hanabi, & Prostitutes – Japan is lovely

This is a continuation to my previous blog entry.

Having spent a bit of money on clothes, Meru-San and I decided to wear our new outfits in the afternoon.  We walked back to my apartment and that’s when I opened my bags and changed.  This, however, was a whole experience on its own.

The Japanese employees at clothing stores pack things similarly to the Apple way, which makes opening a product almost as exciting as using it for the first time.  I looked at my bag, with it’s plastic “rain wrap” and removed it, then cut the little piece of tape that sealed a piece of my bag, and proceeded to open the bag.  Inside were my clothes, carefully folded and wrapped with yet another plastic wrap.  Is this a bit wasteful?  No, it’s VERY wasteful.  I’m sure that if you bring the “green” squad from America to Japan they will go around giving everyone reusable bags big enough so people can fit clothes and food in the same bag.  Yes, Japan is wasteful.  That being said, it was awesome to open my ‘gift’.

After that I put on my new clothes, which were a bit expensive but you could feel the quality.  You can ask Ashley-San, she was touching my clothes inappropriately during our ride to Nipponbashi.

Which bring me to my next point, prostitutes and Maid’s Café! Wait, that’s two points…  let me explain the first one first.  Juso, where I live, is this place in Osaka that is quite known for having a lot of Pachinko places and for a big male entertainment area.  This is probably why I have been asked by women standing in front of the train station if I want a massage, at 2am .  Meru-San was waiting for me in front of the train station on Friday afternoon and she saw a few people walk by and look at her a bit… strangely.  In a “omg look at you” kind of way.  Apparently one of this men, an older man, came back after a bit and asked her where she was from, and then “いくら” or… “how much?!”  Oh my god, that is one good moment to say “はずかしい” (embarrassing).

On related news, two women were arrested at a massage parlor, like a ‘legit’ place, for touching inappropriately policemen working undercover.  Now that’s a job I’m sure many policemen wouldn’t mind doing.

So… where was I?  Right, Maid’s Café.  Meru-San and I changed into our newly purchased clothes and then met with Ashley-San, Ben-San, and two of Ben-San co-workers to go down to Nipponbashi and check out a maid’s café.  The concept behind these cafes is that you are served by ladies that look pretty much like anime characters.  These ladies just come around and serve you, and if you want you can pay to be entertained by them… which means they come to your table and simply talk to you, I’m guessing, I didn’t inquire much.  I heard you can also pay to get a massage from them in a massage room they have.  Japanese people are quite interesting.

Also, if you order something from the menu with a heart by its side, you know there is some attention included with that dish.  An example is Ashley-San’s dish, which was an omelette rice.  It looked like a plain omelette on top of rice when it first arrived at the table, but then the maid grabbed a bottle of ketchup and she did MAGIC. The maid drew a dog over the ome rice, and signed the dish with her ketchup signature.

After this fantastic late lunch experience, we walked around Nipponbashi and randomly entered a store that was FULL of yaoi.  That was interesting, particularly since there were so many women looking through piles and piles of it.

That afternoon we took the train back to see the Hanabi (Fireworks) in Osaka.  It was quite a show, except for the part in which we were expecting fireworks (and so did a million other people) just to not get the memo that we were in the wrong place.  But then we just walked around and there were random fireworks all over the place.  It was quite good cause it wasn’t crowded all in one place, but rather people could walk around and randomly see fireworks all over the place.

After the Hanabi we had dinner around the area, and it was quite tasty. If you want to see pictures from the day, here is the album!

Omar

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