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Ore no Yome - the cafe where maids pretend to be your spouse

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By Fran Wrigley, RocketNews24

You arrive home after a long day at the office to your beautiful wife, smiling as she greets you at the door. Inside, a delicious home-cooked meal is ready on the table…oh, and she’s wearing a bikini.

There’s a new cafe in Tokyo where you can have all this and more, because the staff there are ready and waiting to be your bikini-and-apron-clad new wife (or husband).

At Ore no Yome (literally “My Wife”) in Tokyo’s Higashi Ikebukuro neighborhood, they’ll always know your name. As long as you call and tell them beforehand, that is. It’s a concept cafe staffed by “wives” and “darling husbands” in swimsuits and aprons, whose mission is simple: to make you want to come “home” to them every night.

“As soon as you know what time you’ll be home, let me know dear!” runs the ad. “I’ll get your dinner ready.”

If girls in bikinis aren’t your bag though, never fear: the cafe also has male staff called “my darlings”, who wear (admittedly slightly odd) swimwear apron things (see photo below).

So there you have it. Tokyo’s men (and women!) with no one to go home to now have the option of a fake spouse to cook them dinner and wait on them hand and foot. If you ask them nicely, we’ll sure they’ll make you a rice omelet too.

Cafe info: Ore no Yome Floor B1, Iwashita Building, 3 Chome-9-13, Higashi Ikebukuro, Tokyo 170-0013 Phone: 03-6331-1533 Open daily from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Website

Source: Ore no Yome

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Ok, and is there bedtime service too?

6 ( +11 / -5 )

whose mission is simple: to make you want to come “home” to them every night

unlike your real wife who has morphed into a stranger?

18 ( +21 / -3 )

Oh no, this is just asking for 'stalker problems'.

"But, but, she said she was my wife !"

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Can you give her a kiss and a hug as you walk in the door??

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This both funny in a cute way and sad.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

***Paydays were always the worst."Where is it? Give it to me. YOU'VE OPENED IT! IT'S NOT ALL HERE. HAVE YOU GONE TO A BAR AGAIN? Wonder what modern wives will think about this service, and find out they will.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

The last thing I would think about paying money for is for a woman behaving like my wife.

I get quite enough of that at home.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

Have the paper and 2 cold ones ready, turn on the ballgame, sit there and don't say anything except during the commercials. OK. You pass.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

@WarwickNchuaa

The last thing I would think about paying money for is for a woman behaving like my wife.

Your wife not only greets you at the door in a bikini, but she looks good in it?

For a second there, I thought you were saying you would not pay as a complaint!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Only in Japan. Whatever floats ur boat i gues. I'd never pay to go into a place like that. Rather go out on town and approach real women in real scenarios.

Ok, and is there bedtime service too?

Maybe that's negotiable, kinda like actual sex rather than "sumata".

“As soon as you know what time you’ll be home, let me know dear!” runs the ad. “I’ll get your dinner ready.”

Typical japanese jargon reiterating the fact how subservient women's roles here actually are.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Here is a link to the Ore No Yome website: http://ore-yome.com/staff/

1 ( +1 / -0 )

A wife that can cook and serve???

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@Sensato. . . . I just checked out your link. The girls (oh, i meant imaginary wives) are not even hot, mediocre @best. These men are getting cheated.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Is there a cafe that women can go to where they are greeted by a man who isn't a pitiful excuse for a husband ?

" You go and enjoy yourself darling, I'll look after the kids " runs the ad.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Well, this is Japan. But all this pathetic pandering to unreal adolescent fantasizing = the inability to deal with real women/men that have real personalities that don't always connect on the same level. Gotta learn to accept people for who they are, cos' they're not gonna change inside unless they choose to change themselves.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

This is a sad reflection on what Japanese society is morphing into - that birth rate is sinking fast!

7 ( +8 / -1 )

ha ha ha

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I want to open a Cafe. With my cafe all the staff will be twins. Male twins, female twins and male,female twins, all set to twins will serve the customer in tandem.Their talking and their action all will be in unison.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So let me get this straight, the concept is you come home to a person that you give your money to? Other than the bikini part which might happen in the real world for the first few days, if ever, it's not much different then real life.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not a bad idea since its in Japan that is, I would have thought the likes of already existed in Japan following the footsteps of the Maid Cafe.

Doesn't come much as a surprise though, some of my Japanese friends got together and started the first even London Maid Cafe, had Japanese ladies, high quality maid costumes etc. It was an epic fail, i've always told them that some things are best suited to Japan and Japan only.

Hope it's a success, roleplaying is far more reputable and safer than the other types of employment these ladies might have taken.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

If this story is crazy to you, you haven't been in Japan long enough.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Japan is the only country in the world where such a service would be conceived of and provided. And they shake their heads wondering why they are so different. The Galapagos effect is real and apparent. Close yourselves off from the outside world for long enough and that is the effect which still pervades modern Japan. On the other hand it has also resulted in a very stable and peaceful society which is nothing to be sniffed at.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

unlike your real wife who has morphed into a stranger?

Wow, that resonated. Can't for the life of me see why...

4 ( +4 / -0 )

"If girls in bikinis aren’t your bag though, never fear: the cafe also has male staff called “my darlings”, who wear (admittedly slightly odd) swimwear apron things (see photo below)."

Hee hee!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I'm not sure what's more interesting, the cafe story or the gaijin's who married for....?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yubaru: "Ok, and is there bedtime service too?"

Wouldn't be REALLY like a marriage here if there were. Nah, it's just pay tooth and nail for someone to play the wife (or husband).

1 ( +2 / -1 )

How about starting to have real lives with real people? Learn to be a human

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Not sure why the surprise; Wasn't there a Chikan bar a year or so ago? I remember seeing a JT article where it has mirrored floors and you could "accidentally" grab the other "passengers".

More on topic... I must be the odd man out... my wife isn't particularly affectionate to me or anything...but she is certainly not the monster I keep hearing about as the stereotypical J-wife.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

some of my Japanese friends got together and started the first even London Maid Cafe, had Japanese ladies, high quality maid costumes etc. It was an epic fail

That's cause real men don't patronize "maid cafes". Instead we would rather go out on the town and mingle among real 'actual' women in a realistic atmosphere. . . . and not in some lame establishment where the staff "pretends" to be ur wife.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Next they'll have "Ore no Oni Yome", as a more realistic version.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Next they'll have "Ore no Oni Yome", as a more realistic version.

Good one danalawton. Rofl. . . . "Ore no yakimochi onna' " could fly too.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

London Maid Cafe was an epic fail

because maid costumes died with Benny Hill?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

next cafe idea will be the maids pretending to be moms... so they can fill the gaps of the old japanese people..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Interesting. I think the staff members would find their own "soul-mate" in short time. Either that or become very skilled at deception.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, there is a saying 'money is ****boring'. This business is more like fantasizing human relationships, but who knows if it maybe help others, i don't know if it may educate those involved in dealing with real humans/partners, or on how to deal with money, Hopefully it will not encourage pervert behaviour.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Very good entrepreneurial idea. Nice to see some thinking outside the box.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Do more men engage this service than women?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As an entrepanur I quite often look for new business opportunities, I have thought about opening a Love hotel, Maid o san cafes, and now this one in the UK, I just can't see how the British public would take to any of these, let alown letting the local council to allow me to operate such establishments. Don't Japanese woman feel that they are put down, degraded and suppressed by this portrayal of them?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So sad.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

What's really sad is how you work so long into the evening in Japan that by the time you get home the kids are asleep and the wife is bored to the point of wearing flannel to bed. So you pay somebody to provide an illusion of what your life ought to be.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Everywhere this is the norm its just that in Japan there are places for guys to go get some fantasy in the rest of the developed world they just drink themselves to sleep.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Gee, I wonder why the population of Japan is plummeting. There must be a reason or two.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As Groucho Marx said, home is where you hang you head.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

How many wifes can i have?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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