Japanese theme cafes Tourist attraction or a mode of self care?
One of the number one things suggested you do when you’re in Japan is to go to a theme cafe. I define a “Themed cafe” as a place with a niche or unique theme in what would usually be a cafe like setting. A cafe is a place where normally you’d go get a coffee and probably steal some wifi. These cafes offer an enhanced experienced beyond just grabbing a coffee the people who work there strive to create animals you can interact with, just to name a few tactics. With the western economy only getting worse people are naturally getting more selective with what they spend their money on. That being said it seems as though people prefer to spend money on experience now rather than material items. It is even said to make people happier than buying a material thing treating experiences as a commodity is a phenomenon called the “experience economy”. The “experience economy” can be defined as having a memorable experience so that the product then becomes the memory. Why pay for a material item that will sit on a shelf or have a finite number of uses when a memory lasts a lifetime. This is the exact principle that themed cafes are created and run by. Throughout this piece will detail the experiences that I have had in these themed cafes and understand its place in Japanese society.