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[Event]AI My Maid x Shimagamo Smash Sisters by Aisha Anime

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Welcome to the Ai My Maid cafe experience! 6 months after the previous event they have set up at the beautiful restaurant Shimagamo located in Camden Town. Serving up authentic Japanese cuisine and beer. Read up about the past Ai My Maid events here.

Being in a posh restaurant did not affect the maid experience in anyway, both slots were sold out and had in total 10 maids! This ensured all customers were served and played with accordingly.  People had the chance to purchase or win game plays, chekkie.

Rabbit Enevelops made by one of the Maids

The theme was Smash due to the resent release of the game on Wii U - customers were welcome to bring 3DS's for battles and extra controllers on the bigger consoles. It was 50p per game/battle. They also had an array of board games to choose from including pastime Jenga and connect 4.

The raffle also included plushies, games and amazon vouchers which lucky lady Rena won. All in all people came to hang out with friends and  indulge in some maid antics with such great personalities such as Maid Emi Chiriko the resident gamer maid ready to beat you on almost every game imaginable.

The chekki's were particularly popular with one enthusiast who purchased over 10 with all the maids and individuals, Top, said that it was his first time and had so much fun he needed to have souvenirs. Everyone left happy and excited for the next event. Find more photos here.

Please click photo at bottom for the gallery :-)

Photos taken by Tobi Ninjafox

www.tobininjafox.com


Ai My Maid x Shimogamo ~ SUPER SMASH SISTERS! by Aisha Anime

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Time: 12-2.30pm/3-5.30pm
Date: Saturday 29th November 

Price: £10 (online)
Tickets here: aimymaid3.eventbrite.co.uk 

Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/317493101771825


Dear goshujin-sama and ojou-sama (masters and mistresses), Ai my maid is back in buisnes, it's been over 6 months in fact. Ai my Maid are hosting their 3rd exciting stand alone maid cafe event. They aim to make this their best event yet with the biggest lineup of maids (aiming for 11 in total), and to help ACHIEVE that they have partnered with one of London's finest Japanese restaurants: Shimogamo ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

Shimogamo is actually the name of a famous shrine in Japan, so a very fitting venue for the miko (Japanese shrine maiden) maids. It is also the day after the launch of 2 of their favourite videogames: Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash bros Wii U, so they will be doing some competitions for sure.
 

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WHAT TO EXPECT:

For those who have never been to an Ai My Maid event before, it's a maid cafe. Like any other cafe you will have the chance to taste a variety of delicious food and drink (such as Shimogamo's delicious Japanese lunch sets and draught Asahi and Kirin Japanese beer), but unlike other cafes the maids will be there to keep you entertained while you dine too. You will have the chance to:

♥Play a wide variety of fun GAMES, from classics like Connect 4, Pop up pirate and Jenga to console games like Super Smash bros, Mario Kart, Street Fighter, Pokemon and Tekken. We will have a Wii U, PS3 and a number of 3DS's so please feel free to bring your own games to challenge us too (=^-ω-^=) Prizes may be awarded to those who beat us enough times!
♥Request unique talents/performances from our maids, ranging from singing, dancing and drawing to TAROT CARD reading and origami. A truly unique experience ♪~(◔◡◔ิ)人(╹◡╹๑)~♪
♥Take special personalised cheki (polaroid pictures) with our maids so you have something to remember us by (;*´Д`)ノ
♥Win many fun prizes for taking part in our activities or by proving your GAMING skills against us (≧∇≦)
 
TIME SLOTS:
♥SLOT 1: 12pm - 2:30pm
♥SLOT 2: 3pm - 5.30pm

WHERE:
Shimogamo Restaurant is located on Parkway, a 2 minute walk from Camden Town station.
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:

♥The buyers for the 1st 10 tickets for each slot will be entered into a prize draw to win a £15 Amazon gift card~
♥Everyone who purchases a ticket online (on sale until 11.59pm on November 28) will be able to pick an Omikuji (Sacred Japanese fortune slip) and will get a prize, with very lucky people getting better prizes (.=^・ェ・^=) This is only available for those who purchase tickets online.
♥Please turn up within 30 minutes of the start of your chosen SLOT. We cannot guarantee entry for those who turn up later than this. The kitchen will only be open for the 1st hour of each SLOT so please turn up within that time if you wish to order food (drinks will be available all day).
♥You can purchase tickets at the door but only if there is space available. On the door tickets cost £10 and do not come with an Omikuji LOTTERY prize.

As with all our events, we will of course be offering maid cheki's (decorated polaroid pictures) and the chance to draw some artwork for our wall. The maids are quite the artists too so you can even have them draw for you!

We will have more event details to announce so please Like/Follow/Subscribe to us on our Facebook, Twitter and also our Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/AiMyMaid

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Japan Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

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After much pony loving at Buck 2014, Manchester is the place to be and Bank holiday Monday at the Midland's Hotel was home to Japan Day this year. This event was completely free and hosted by Japan North West society with help with the London Japan Society.

Upon walking inside you were greeted by the bright lights and amazing tree in the middle of the foyer creating a great backdrops for photos. The staff at the Midland's hotel were exceedingly helpful and even took some coats into their cloakroom to help the cosplayers. 

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Upon passing the info desk and cosplay registration, past that takes you to the martial arts demonstration room, where a heated kendo match ensued, with tables at the back laden with different types of weapon and armour for people to look at. Shortly after an authentic tea ceremony took place. Where a audience member sat and received tea made in a stylish and methodical way. You would have to wait a while for this cuppa ! Six lucky members also got to partake in the ceremony for only £2 per person.

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We also had the lucky opportunity to listen to Rakugo Comic Storytelling by Katsura Sunshine. A 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling told my Canadian comedian in a Kimono kneeling on a cushion who literally converses with himself. What really struck me was he was teaching us about Japanese etiquette at the same time. There wasn't a single member of the audience who was not laughing. Mr Sunshine will be touring the UK check out  his page for more info: http://katsurasunshine.com/

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If you ventured to the right of the main hall you would find the dealers room where a huge array of Japanese merchandise was on offer from cosplay outfits and Japanese fashion from Manchester's store Tokyo Royale to traditional Geisha head pieces from Kikuya Kanzashi.

There was also an abundance to art - especially from deviant art artist Kidura who was donating all her profits to charity, a Japanese manga artist was showcasing her art, Japanese Railway Society, Northern To-ken and the Ningyo (dolls) were bewitching making me reminisce of my JRPG survival games. If you also wanted to you could try on a Japanese Kimono for free and wear it throughout the day.

A lot of people simply came to watch the Cosplay contest where a lot of entries graced the stage with their outfits and personality. Third place came Haku from Spirited Away, then the L and Light duo and first place was Lightening from Final Fantasy. All of them looked great and Totoro and the Wolf man got honorable mentions.

We also got to watch some authentic Japanese lottery where Mr Sunshine picked out the raffle winners of free sushi, tea set, picnic hamper and more. Straight after was the really energetic Taiko drummers. If you were interested in the cuisine you had a choice of curry rolls (Japanese equivalent to Pasties), noodle, rice and pastries fro the Sweet Cup Cake maid cafe.

~Aisha Anime~

tea ceremony