This new dentist wants to make otaku dreams arrive real.
Tokyo’s Akihabara, or “Akiba” as it is affectionately recognized in otaku circles, has extensive been known as a place where moe, thoughts of strong passion towards 2-D figures in media like anime and manga, is not just accepted but inspired and celebrated.
The warm and fuzzy environment of moe is laden with cuteness and a feeling of comfort, and it is the central thought that maid cafes in the location have crafted their successes on. Now, the notion of maids and moe is being employed to supply convenience to an additional kind of clientele in a a little extra nerve-wracking atmosphere — the dentist’s office.
▼ That’s ideal – a moe dentist is opening up in Akihabara.
This unconventional dentist’s office goes by the identify “Akiba Shika” (“Akiba Dentistry”) in Japanese and “Akiba Dental Clinic” in English. Compared with other dental clinics, this one has a hygienist who’s dressed as a maid, and to get everyone acquainted with the unconventional thought, a preview function was held for the general public on 10-12 June, in advance of the clinic’s formal July opening.
Our reporter Seiji Nakazawa stopped by to see what it was all about, and when he arrived, the to start with point that amazed him was the splendor of the reception location, which was cleanse, modern, quiet, and inviting.
▼ Then he stepped into the dentist’s place, and which is where by he acquired his initial glimpse of moe at the dentist.
Individuals who’ve usually assumed there wasn’t sufficient palms-on conversation with maids at a maid cafe will want to make a reserving to get their tooth cleaned here, for the reason that this is a incredibly arms-on expertise.
▼ Well worth acquiring a filling for.
For the duration of Seiji’s pay a visit to, the maid who attended to him was Riko Konoe (@ko_no_e on Twitter), who’s equally a cosplayer and a certified dental hygienist. She did a amazing task of producing Seiji feel relaxed and effectively cared for, so by the time he sat up again he felt as if equally his mouth and head have been refreshed.
With so a lot of maid cafes close to, Seiji started to ponder why no one had believed to blend moe and dentistry before, so he questioned Joji Yukawa, the dentist and clinic director, about his reasons for opening the dental clinic.
Seiji: Why did you come to a decision to open up a small business with this idea?
Dr Yukawa: “I feel there are fairly a handful of people who are terrified of dentists, to the extent that they have a phobia about dentistry. Originally, the commencing place for this business was the drive to have individuals individuals appear to the dentist. Then, when I was imagining about how I could get them to occur, I thought it would assist if they could have a good connection with the workers. It would be good if they could have a dentist who did not just check out their tooth, but a dentist whom they could communicate to as perfectly.”
Dr Yukawa: “Because I’m basically a dentist, there is only so significantly I can do, so the essential treatment method I offer will be the same as a regular dentist. Having said that if people want to just speak [to allay their fears about dental visits] that would be irregular work that a regular dentist does not supply, so I haven’t decided how to go about that just however — it’ll be worked out through the opening system.”
Dr Yukawa undoubtedly experienced a sort aura about him that would support to quiet any individual with a dental phobia, and sometimes a totally free dental session, with a maid by your side, can be key to carefully coaxing these much more anxious sorts into the dentist’s chair.
Nonetheless, owning a maid in the place of work might give patients a destructive impression about everyone’s qualifications, so Seiji addressed the elephant in the place by inquiring:
Seiji: Do you provide correct dental examinations?
Dr. Yukawa: “Of system. To be sincere, I think it is pure for people to have that form of impact, so I’m only utilizing best-of-the-selection devices. It is anything I have been most thorough about.”
Dr Yukawa, who graduated from Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto Dental University, gives treatment method for cavities and periodontal condition, as very well as dental implant, cleansing, and whitening companies.
Seiji was attempting hard to uncover a crack in this seemingly aspiration-appear-real dental clinic, so he enquired about their unusually late opening several hours.
Seiji: I heard that Akiba Dental will start out observing patients from 1 July. If you’re a really serious dentist, why are your company hours so distinctive to other dentists? Isn’t it late to work from 2-11 p.m.?
With out missing a conquer, Dr Yukawa replied:
“Because our target demographic is not young children, it is folks in Akihabara.”
Seiji realised these running hours would unquestionably match all the enterprise staff in and all over Akihabara, who sometimes really don’t depart the workplace until eventually immediately after 9:00 p.m. It can be really hard to uncover a dentist open at that time of night time, so Akiba Dental has definitely accomplished its investigation on who its focus on client is.
Which is when our dentist-fearing, late-night doing work, moe and maid-loving Seiji realised he was the clinic’s target buyer.
The group at Akiba Dental definitely do fill a market in the Tokyo dental earth, and now that Seiji has tried it for himself, he very recommends paying them a check out. Just after you visit the maid cafe with moe ointment and the otaku hair salon, of class.
Akiba Dental Clinic / アキバ歯科
Tackle: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda 4-4-3, Ogiso Developing 2F
Open: 2:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays