Where exactly is Boys love cafe in Japan? What is Boys love cafe?
Ever heard of BL school cafe?
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!
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.
Location of BL school cafe
Ikebukuro BL school cafe
Fee: 1000JPY per hour and one drink to order. After this one hour, 500JPY per 30 mins.
Open: March 30 - May 31, 2017
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
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