Maid Cafes are a tradition in Tokyo's otaku-centric Akihabara neighborhood. People say they're a romantic version of strip clubs: Instead of lapdances, you buy innocent displays of affection. How does it feel to pay for puppy love? I found out.
I spent the past week chasing otaku in Tokyo. Otaku are geeky fans who love comics, videogames, and music - and in Tokyo there are so many otaku that they have created their own nightlife scene. Here's what it's like.