Shangrila, a maid cafe staffed exclusively by cute 'plump' girls, opens in Akihabara

By Scott Wilson, RocketNews24

We’ve seen all kinds of maid cafes all over Japan, from ones that specialize in zombie girls to ones where the girls seductively make rice balls right in front of you. But one type of maid cafe that has been sorely lacking is one dedicated to girls with a fuller figure, the kind of girls known in Japan by the playful monicker of marshmallow girls.

But all that changes now. Shangrila is a maid cafe that recently opened in Akihabara, and it will be staffed completely by more well-rounded young women. What kind of stuff does a cafe like this have in store for its customers?

Shangrila was founded on the ideal of being “bositive” (“body positive”), in order to help lower the stigma of being chubby or slightly overweight (or "pocchari/debu" if you prefer) in Japan. They want to show that you don’t have to be skinny to be cute, and that happiness and beauty can be found in many different shapes and sizes.

And that’s not all. Shangrila also aspires to have the best food of any maid cafe. There’s no plastic-tasting junk food here; Shangrila uses only fresh, organic ingredients, and they employ an Italian chef who cooks using a brick oven. They make the bold claim of having the best pizza in all of Akihabara, but only time will tell on that matter.

If Shangrila sounds like something you’d be interested in visiting, then check it out at the address below or by going to their website. Now’s your chance to show off your pocchari-pride!

Cafe Location (Moving on 11/27) Name: Shangrila Address (Before 11/27): Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda 3-7-12 Isamiya 8th Bldg. 3F 東京都千代田区外神田3-7-12 イサミヤ第8ビル 3F Address (After 11/27): Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda 3-1-15 Hashikatsu Bldg. 4F 東京都千代田区外神田3-1-15 箸勝ビル4F Hours (After 11/27): 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays) Hours (After 11/27): 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Every day)

Source/images: Shangrila

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"maid cafe... opens in Akihabara"

Nothing further to add!!! ;-)

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With servers like that, I wonder if your food will actually make it to the table.

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Free hugs?

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Shangrila: where you go for the "marshmellows", but stay for the pizza....

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Hey, fat gurls need Lovin' too.

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Disgusting. Who would go to a place like this where you have b-rate models blowing kisses on your food next door. These places are ridiculous to begin with, but adding fatties instead of hotties doesn't make it more appealing, in fact, quite the opposite.

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DKZ: adding fatties instead of hotties

Some people think fatties ARE hotties.

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While I generally think maid cafes are a waste of time / money, I think this is nice. I appreciate that the bigger girls are getting some adoration too.

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where you go for the "marshmellows", but stay for the pizza....


I appreciate that the bigger girls are getting some adoration too.

Me too. I don't mind bigger gals every so often. As long as I aint' buttering her hips to get her through the doorway, she's good to go.

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turbotsat: Some people think fatties ARE hotties.

3 upvotes, point proven.

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First, they are not "bigger." They are obese. Obesity is bad. Your body cannot handle it. Your joints, knees, hips, lower back break under the pressure. Its also highly correlated with diabetes, arterial sclerosis and heart disease.

Fat people are, as a rule, very unhealthy. Being fat kills. This not a matter of perspective, or tastes. It is human biology. Fat kills.

That said, there are those who like fat girls:

"hey yo fat girl, c'mere-are ya ticklish? Yeah, I called ya fat. Look at me, I'm skinny It never stopped me from gettin' busy I'm a freak I like the girls with the boom I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom"

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Ultimately the question is whether there's really something wrong with wanting to feel loved once in a while. In fact, it seems a bit more up front and honest than the atmosphere in other similar non-chubby clubs - you're essentially paying for attention and affirmation, as opposed to the creepy psuedo-sexual vibe or something way farther down the spectrum than this.

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel loved. There is something quite sad about paying someone to be your friend.

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