Ladies who lunch…with schoolboys
Tokyo’s first “schoolboy cafe” opened late last year, offering ladies their chance to play out their manga-inspired fantasies over lunch. Role-play cafes for men (where girls dressed as, say, French maids wait on geeky businessmen) have long been popular, but the “Edelstein boarding school” cafe is the first such role reversal. The cafe is inspired by the plot of a classic 1970s comic about a romance at a German school.
In keeping with the schoolboy theme, waiters with manicured hands and soft voices pretend to be teenage students, chatting and flirting with well-dressed Japanese women playing the roles of benefactresses visiting the school.
Such effete male characters (with accordingly complicated and shockingly passionate love lives!) are popular in manga aimed at women. Coincidentally, you can read all about the phenomena in the May issue of Playgirl (on stands 3/25)!
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