October 2, 2012
Japan’s first Cuddle cafe lets you sleep with a stranger
Soineya which means sleeping together shop opened its doors for customers in Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district, hub of otaku culture and birthplace of other whacky establishments like maid cafés. Membership costs ¥3,000 (US$39), 20 mins of sleep will cost ¥3,000 while a full night, 10 hours of sleep will cost ¥50,000 ($ 650). Apart from these there are some wonderful add ons, for ¥1,000 ($ 13) the lady will pat the customer for 3 minutes, another 1000 Yen allows staring each other for 1 minute, add another 1000 Yen and you can pat the lady’s back for 3 minutes.
This place of business is zeroing in on emotional needs, instead of merely carnal ones. Maid cafes work in much the same way, allowing otaku the chance to chat up girls in frilly maid outfits—which is why they have often been compared to hostess bars for geeks.