Hyperreality, coined by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, describes a state in which the boundary between reality and simulation has become blurred or even indistinguishable. Physics and the self is fluid. Akihabara 電気街(Denkigai or Electric Town) is a district in Tokyo, Japan that is famous for its electronic shops, anime, and gaming culture. In the post-war era, it was known for cheap computer parts. Now Akihabara is home to hundreds of niche hobby shops and niche concept cafes catering to hobbyists.
Aren't maid cafes kinda similar to the late 19th and early to mid 20th century phenomenon of taxi dancing?
This was a really refreshing perspective on maid cafes that made me rethink my own. You have a really good point, it is like a fantasy escape world.