Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Swallowtail Butler Cafe Experience

Hello dearies, happy Friday! Around this time last weekend, I was attending one of the largest Japanese cultural conventions here in the United States! For the first time this year, Japanese butler cafe Swallowtail was present as one of the special guests of the convention, and was offering attendees the ultimate butler cafe experience. Today's post I'll share my breif review of the Swallowtail experience, as well as my thoughts on how butler cafes could be a wonderful addition to western culture.

What is a Butler Cafe?

Butler cafes are the male equivelent to maid cafes, and are the perfect places to visit and unwind. Unlike their female counterparts, butler cafes carry a more refined and mature atmosphere, complete with butlers in which the guests select to answer their beck and call--literally!

Swallowtail Butler Cafe Experience

Similar to the maid cafe, butler cafe's concept is that the customer is "wealthy", and they are returning home for tea, lunch, or dinner. When visiting the cafe, the butler will open the door for their client, take their belongings, and lead them to their seats (in which they pull out for you  to sit).

During my Swallowtail Butler experience, my two friends and I were greeted by the many butlers (both actual Swallowtail workers and the male volenteers whom applied for butler positions), and was greeted, "お帰りなさいませ、お嬢様" (Welcome Home, my lady) 

Once seated, we were introduced to our butler for the time (volenteer) and was handed an abbreviated Swallowtail menu that consisted only of teas. Since we were not at the actual cafe and instead a convention ballroom, the butlers were unable to serve actual food due to the regulations of the convention center venue. I chose Jasmine tea. 

For $27 admission the experience included:

-choice of tea that would be served to you throughout your visit
-entertainment: During our experience, Swallowtail butler Aoi played the panio for us guests. 
-Photo with official Swallowtail Cafe Butler

Despite not being able to experience the cafe fully as if I was in Japan, it was still a very refreshing and relaxing experience.Throughout the time, the butlers were very friendly and made everyone feel comfortable. Unlike the maid cafe experience, the butlers don't play games with their clients, however they do carry conversations with customers, entertain, offering a relaxing and unwinding experience.

Volunteer "Butlers". Our butler is the second to the left

NOTE: For non-Japanese speakers, many of the Swallowtail butlers speak and understand English very well. The butler I selected for our photo, Iyori speaks both Japanese and English!^^

At first going in, I honestly didn't know what to expect, as I've only seen Swallowtail featured in both movies and television shows, but overall I had a delightful experience, and definitely want to visit the actual cafe when visiting Japan.

Swallowtail Butler Cafe featured in Japanese movie, "Fujoshi Kanojo"

Having a very sophisticated atmosphere, I believe butler cafes could take off well here in the United States, as it can be successful with both Japanese culture fans as well as the average westerners. I would recommend highly visitng a butler cafe at least once to everyone as it's a very unique and fun experience! It was nice being treated, as well as being called a "princess," and to make things even better, I wore Lolita!^^

This is all for today's post! For those whom wish to visit Swallowtail cafe in Japan, here's their website HERE.

This is Kawaii Reporter Minako Sakurai, and until next time, stay beautiful and stylish!