Japan: 6 weird and wonderful services just for women
1. Butler cafes
Get treated like a princess in the female-friendly version of Japan’s popular cosplay-inspired maid cafes. Butler cafes (and one that boasts “foreign” butlers where the staff all speak English) allow women to be waited on hand and foot by their very own prince charming in a castle-themed restaurant. Guests can also choose to have their photograph taken being lifted up in the arms of the dashing and debonaire butlers for Y1,500.
灵感源于cosplay的“女仆咖啡馆”（maid cafes）又有了男仆版。专为女性顾客而开的“男管家咖啡馆”（butler cafes）（其中一家提供全英文服务的咖啡馆更以“老外”男管家为卖点）让女士们可以在这里过一把“公主瘾”，置身城堡主题餐厅，享受专属“王子管家”的贴心服务。额外支付1500日元（约合人民币80元），女士们还能享受“公主抱”，并与英俊潇洒的男管家的拍照留念，记下这一精彩瞬间。
2. The nap cafe
Dedicated to those in need of a power-nap, Tokyo’s Nap Cafe Corne offers Japanese women the chance to grab some sleep in a man-free zone. Designed for ladies wanting a break from their busy working schedule, the nap cafe opens on weekdays between 8am and 6pm to provide comfy sleeping quarters, and a choice of pillow, at the small charge of Y150 per 10 minutes.
位于东京的“午睡咖啡馆”（Nap Cafe Corne）为需要午睡的女士们提供了机会。这家“男士免进”的咖啡馆专为工作繁忙的女白领设计，方便她们利用工作空隙小睡充电。“午睡咖啡馆”工作日早八点到晚六点开放，收费标准为10分钟150日元（约合人民币8元）。温馨舒适的“小睡室”内，顾客还可以根据自己的需求选择适合自己的枕头。
3. Women only train carriages
In 2005, the problem of persistent groping on public transport forced officials to open women-only carriages on Tokyo’s underground and private trains. The carriages, marked with pink “Women Only” stickers printed in Japanese and English, were introduced after alternative measures – such as posting warning signs and plain-clothes female police officers – failed to reduce sexual.
4. Anti-loneliness cafes
Table for one? Visit the new crop of restaurants consoling lonely diners with a spot of company in the form of a giant stuffed animal. Aimed at ohitorisama or “singletons”, a word commonly used in Japan to refer to unmarried women, the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo seats solo customers opposite cuddly toys based on the characters from Finland’s Moomin books. The cafe has been so popular, there are now plans to export the concept to New York.
5. Communal living areas
Shared living facilities are commonplace in Tokyo, but an establishment built solely to house single mothers opened last year in Osaka’s port district. For young mothers and divorcees who lack the resources to live alone, Mon Place offers affordable accommodation at around Y40,000 per month, and requires no guarantors or down-payments.
6. Rent-a-boyfriend services
Non-sexual rent-a-date services for men have been popular for years in Japan, but now women are getting in on the action. Soine-ya Prime offers a range of handsome male “cuddle partners” for hire: women can opt for a peaceful night’s sleep in their companion’s arms or a “Date Plan”, where they can pick from a range of activities such as enjoying a meal or watching the sun set. Male “host clubs” are also becoming increasingly popular among Tokyo businesswomen, who pay an hourly fee to drink, talk and flirt with attractive men.