WHERE EXACTLY IS BOYS LOVE CAFE IN JAPAN? WHAT IS BOYS LOVE CAFE?

Where exactly is Boys love cafe in Japan? What is Boys love cafe? why BL is so big in Japan?

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Are you fan of Boys love comis like Soredemo Yasashi Koi wo Suru by Yoneda Ko , 10count by Lihito Takarai?

 

Ever heard of BL school cafe? Also heard of the comic cafe specialized in boys love comics and books?

 

BL stands for "Boys love". One popular genre for many girls (!) in Japan (and the world). This cafe opened based on the concept of the young guys in love each other. You as a customer go to the cafe as if you go to the school.

 

There are 3 grades in school where you can tell by the color of the tie the students (cafe staff) wear. The 1st grade is red, 2nd, blue and 3rd black.

 

Upon your first visit, you get a student card and start from the first grade. The rule is that you cannot casual talk to the students above your grade. It is kinda role play. The more you go to the school (cafe), the higher your grade will be.

 

The cafe serves you not only coffee, but also alcohol (what a school!).

 

The school organizes some event such as school excursion to the strawberry firm etc. from time to time and you can join it.

 

One important rule in the cafe. You are not allowed to touch the boys there! You can talk to them and get served but no touch. Or you may be evicted from the school!

 

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Video from Osaka BL school (this school closed)

Otome Road in Ikebukuro

The cafe is located near to the Otome road ( 乙女ロード ).

 

It is the area for Otaku girls. It is the street on the west side of Sunshin 60 building in Ikebukuro. It is around 200 meters. It used to be just male dominated otaku/geeks but from around 2004 when the anime goods shop, Animate, started targeting more female customers and another shop, Toranoana, followed the suit. 

 

Unlike Nakano Broadway or Akihabara, Ikebukuro has more cafes and shops around to sell female clothes this also attracts more female.

 

Today one big portion of the females hanging around in the area is called " Fujoshi / 腐女子". It means "rotten girl' in Japanese but actually means those girls who are into boys love stuff/yaoi fandom.

IKEGAKU - Location of BL school cafe

IKEGAKU

( Ikebukuro BL school cafe )

 

Fee: 1000JPY per hour and one drink to order. After this one hour, 500JPY per 30 mins.

Opening hour: 15:00 - 22:30 Mon-Fri, 12:00 Lunch time - 22:30 Sat and Sun

Address: 2nd floor Iwashita bldg (岩下ビル), 3-9-13 Higashi Ikebukuro, Tokyo

How to get there? 10 min walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station (in front of Teikyo Heisei univ.)

Contact: 03 5985 4157

 

The official website (the cafe has many rules such as if you bring your own food, you need to pay 3000JPY per item etc. )

Its official youtube channel

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The boys love cafe in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

 

There are no school boy looking staff. Here you can read as many BL book as possible. You pay by hour and some drink order. The cafe has ca 18,000 boys love comics and books.

 

Opening hour: 11:00am - 20:00 Mon - Fri, 11:00am - 22:00 on Sat, 11:00am - 20:00 on Sun

Closed on Wed and Thu (you should check their official website to see the opening hour, day)

Tel: +81 7065620194

 

Official website

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Cafe Lento Kunitachi

Cafe Lento Kunitachi

 

Cafe Lento Kunitachi is a cafe run by a BL fan owner. It is not the cafe with boys serving you. It is a place for boys love fans to read, chat over the boys love. The cafe has ca 1000 boys love comics and also magazines.

Opening hour: 11:00am - 18:30 Mon-Sat, 11:00am - 17:30 on Sun (may change over time, better contact on its Instagram etc. and check in advance)

Closed: on Wednesday and some days as its official SNS Insta, X announce.

Official website

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BL book cafe Kuro no Tachineko ya

Boys love book cafe Kuro No Tachineko Ya in Miyagi pref.

You join the membership (300JPY) and pay by hour (1500JPY / hour, if 3 hours then 3000JPY).

It has so many BL books you read.

Opening hour: 10:00- 18:00.  Sometimes closed. You need to book in advance and no drink, no food offered. 

 

Check out its X account

 

About the Kuro No Tachineko-ya

 

In Wataricho, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, there is a unique book café named "Kuro no Tachineko-ya" that focuses on Boys' Love (BL) manga, depicting romantic relationships between men. The café was founded by a woman who, after losing her father a year after the 2011 earthquake, sought a fulfilling job that would allow her to care for her mother. Drawing visitors from both within and beyond the prefecture, Kuro no Tachineko-ya has become a gathering place for BL enthusiasts.

 

Situated in a residential area atop a hill in a town with around 30,000 residents, finding "Kuro no Tachineko-ya" can be a challenge due to its location on narrow roads and deliberate lack of signboards. The owner explains, "Some boys love fans prefer to keep their interests private, so we keep the café low-profile. However, dedicated fans manage to discover us."

 

The café boasts an extensive collection of approximately 3,800 BL manga/comics volumes, offering patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in captivating stories and characters. Customers often engage in lively discussions, sharing insights and favorite moments from their beloved series.

 

The appeal of BL manga, according to the owner, lies in its portrayal of deep and tender relationships between male characters. She describes how readers find solace in the purity and sincerity of these depictions, especially after long days of work.

 

Since its opening in October 2020, "Kuro no Tachineko-ya" has gained popularity through social media, attracting visitors from nearby cities like Ishinomaki in the northern part of Miyagi Prefecture and even from Fukushima Prefecture. The café's clientele primarily comprises women, ranging from housewives, working professionals, to students aged between their 20s and 60s, reflecting the broad appeal of BL manga across diverse demographics.

Source: Asahi News

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Why Boys love  (BL) is so big in Japan?

Boys love culture is deeply rooted in Japan. 

 

 

Japan's fascination with Boys' Love (BL), a genre that explores romantic relationships between male characters, has deep historical roots and a significant cultural impact. From the Edo period's "kosho" system to the modern BL manga and anime industry, the genre has evolved, capturing the imaginations of diverse audiences. This article delves into the historical origins, cultural significance, and recent challenges faced by the BL culture in Japan, emphasizing the need to address real-world issues while appreciating its artistic merits.

 

Historical Roots: The Kosho System in the Edo Period

 

During the Edo period (1603-1868), the "kosho" system involved young male assistants who served powerful figures, such as the shogun. These relationships often transcended professional boundaries, emphasizing loyalty and affection. This historical practice contributed to the romanticization of male-male relationships in Japanese culture, laying the groundwork for the development of the BL genre in later years.

 

The Evolution of Boys' Love Culture

 

The BL genre gained significant momentum in the 1970s and 1980s with the works of pioneers like Keiko Takemiya and Moto Hagio. Their manga, such as "Kaze to Ki no Uta" and "Thomas no Shinzou," explored themes of love and friendship between male characters, attracting a devoted following. The 1990s witnessed the rise of popular BL manga artists like Kaoru Kurimoto and Kazuma Kodaka, further solidifying the genre's presence in the Japanese literary landscape.

 

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BL in Popular Culture: Impact and Diversity

 

In recent decades, BL has expanded beyond manga and anime, infiltrating mainstream media and pop culture. The genre has inspired numerous live-action adaptations, drama series, and even stage plays. Works like the manga series "Gravitation" by Maki Murakami and the anime "Yuri!!! on ICE" have gained international acclaim, showcasing the diversity of BL narratives and characters.

 

Challenges and Controversies: The Johnny's & Associates Scandal

 

Despite its cultural significance, the BL industry has faced controversies. In 2021, the Japanese entertainment industry was rocked by a scandal involving Johnny's & Associates, a leading talent agency. Allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation within the agency shed light on the darker aspects of the industry, prompting discussions about the treatment of young male performers and the need for systemic reforms. The scandal already was out in 1960s when the founder Johnny Kitagawa, who was alleged to have raped many boys, started his career as an agent but very few media talked about it most likely out of the pressure of the power of the talent agency which backed Johnny Kitagawa. In 2023 the agency announced to change its name to Smile-UP to provide support for the sexual abuse victims. 

 

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Addressing Real-World Issues: Advocacy and Empowerment

 

In response to these challenges, advocacy groups and activists within Japan have been working tirelessly to raise awareness about harassment and promote a safe working environment for all individuals. Legal reforms and increased accountability measures are being pursued to protect performers and staff from exploitation and abuse. Additionally, there is a growing emphasis on mental health support and counseling services for those affected by harassment.

 

So it means...

The enduring popularity of Boys' Love in Japan is a testament to its cultural and artistic significance. Rooted in historical practices like the Edo period's kosho system, the genre has evolved, capturing the hearts of diverse audiences around the world. However, it is essential to acknowledge the real-world challenges faced by individuals within the BL industry, such as the recent scandals involving Johnny's & Associates.

 

By appreciating the historical context, cultural impact, and artistic merit of BL, while actively addressing issues of harassment and exploitation, Japan can continue to celebrate the genre's creative expression while ensuring the well-being and dignity of all individuals involved. Through education, awareness, and systemic reforms, Japan can navigate the complexities of the Boys' Love culture, fostering a safe and inclusive environment for everyone within the industry.

 

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There are several Butler cafes in Japan. 

 

For example, this one in Tokyo.

 

https://www.butlers-cafe.jp/

You may also visit crossdress cafes in Japan.

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