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Japan: Possibly Even Weirder Than You Thought

Maid Cafes. Tired of waitresses that act like actual human beings? These "Maid Cafes" sound like one part aweomse, three parts goddamn creepy:
TOKYO (Reuters) - "Welcome home, Master," says the maid as she bows deeply, hands clasped in front of a starched pinafore worn over a short pink dress.

This maid serves not some aristocrat but a string of pop-culture-mad customers at a "Maid Cafe" in Tokyo's Akihabara district, long known as a Mecca for electronics buffs but now also the center of the capital's "nerd culture."

"When they address you as 'Master', the feeling you get is like a high," says Koji Abei, a 20-year-old student having coffee with a friend at the Royal Milk Cafe and Aromacare.

"I've never felt that way before."

Maid cafes dot Akihabara, which has become a second home for Tokyo's "otaku" -- roughly translated as "geeks." They're known for their devotion to comics and computer games and can easily be identified by their standard outfit of track suit, knapsack and spectacles.

...At one cafe, maids get down on their knees to stir the cream and sugar into the customer's coffee
Those of you with reading comprehension skills have surely noted these these kinds of cafes only seem to be popular in Tokyo's Akihabara district. This isn't some Japan-wide craze.

Japanese Shut-In Phenomenon. Here's a far more in-depth and heartbreaking article about the growing trend of young Japanese males becoming shut-ins, or hikikomori.
One morning when he was 15, Takeshi shut the door to his bedroom, and for the next four years he did not come out. He didn't go to school. He didn't have a job. He didn't have friends. Month after month, he spent 23 hours a day in a room no bigger than a king-size mattress, where he ate dumplings, rice and other leftovers that his mother had cooked, watched TV game shows and listened to Radiohead and Nirvana. "Anything," he said, "that was dark and sounded desperate."

...A leading psychiatrist claims that one million Japanese are hikikomori, which, if true, translates into roughly 1 percent of the population. Even other experts' more conservative estimates, ranging between 100,000 and 320,000 sufferers, are alarming, given how dire the consequences may be. As a hikikomori ages, the odds that he'll re-enter the world decline.
A long and fascinating read. Thanks to OB's eppythatcher for that link.

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