Recently the Western press picked up on Japan's first "Cuddle Cafe" or "sleep together shop" in Tokyo's electronics & nerd culture center of Akihabara.
|Signs to establishments next to Soineya|
|Another sign to an establishment adjacent to Soineya|
Furthermore, not only is Soineya Cuddle Cafe very difficult to find, it is not even clearly advertised on or around the building it occupies. The building is a three-story block of decrepitude, located in a grotty alley alongside two other equally sleazy massage parlor-filled architectural nightmares. It is not the kind of place that feels right to be in in broad daylight.
|Soineya is on the 3rd floor of this building|
Soineya Cuddle Cafe itself couldn't be further from the tones of cutesy innocence in which it has been wishfully painted by recent English-language reporting. Climbing the narrow, dirty stairs to the third floor reveals a dim, sleazy room sectioned into cubicles partitioned with semi-opaque plastic garden sheeting secured with masking tape, and the place smelt of stale sex industry. Soineya is no cafe.
Upon brief inquiry, we were handed a flyer by the paunchy, greasy-haired, grubby-T-shirted, middle-aged minder (who nevertheless elocuted somewhat prissily), made our excuses and left.
Soineya gave the very strong impression that it would offer any service you wanted that wasn't dangerously illegal, and that going there with the intention of sleeping with an angel in your arms would make about as much sense as a teetotaler going to a whisky bar in Roppongi to ask for a glass of milk.
Soineya is located across Showa-dori near the Sobu line overhead railway tracks a short walk from the Showa Dori Exit of Akihabara Station.
Kanda Sakumachō, 2-chome
KN Bldg., 3F
Tel: 03 5829 6274
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