The Japanese tradition of Miko-san or shrine maiden, goes back thousands of years. They are the female attendants of Shinto shrines. Their duty is to assist the priests in ceremonies and weddings, and to perform ordinary shrine functions.
However, in Akihabara, the Miko-san also have a new duty. To perform popular JPop songs, while serving you fruit juice and rice balls. The Miko-san Cafe has opened on Chuo Street, near Dragon Ice Cream for those of you actually in Japan. Their traditional Shrine attire has received a makeover… well really it was just raised like 2 feet turning it into almost a mini-skirt.
For 1,000 yen, you get one drink, a toy, and 60 minutes. The Miko-san Cafe occupies two stories. The eighth floor is the cafe, and the seventh floor, is the stage complete with lights and smoke. The menu is simple, but includes an assortment of fresh fruit drinks as well as cola.
If you want to know more about the Miko-san working there, the cafe has set up an info page for each of their employees, including thier Shinto name, birthdate, hobbies, and even their blog. You can even vote on your favorite Miko-san! Hagemaru viaÂ Akibablog.