Akiba Dental Clinic: The Akihabara dentist where a moe maid in cosplay cleans your teeth

This latest dentist desires to make otaku dreams come true.

Tokyo’s Akihabara, or “Akiba” because it’s affectionately known in otaku circles, has long been generally known as a spot where moefeelings of strong affection towards 2-D characters in media like anime and manga, isn’t just accepted but encouraged and celebrated.

The nice and cozy and fuzzy world of moe is laden with cuteness and a way of comfort, and it’s the central concept that maid cafes in the world have built their successes on. Now, the concept of maids and moe is getting used to supply comfort to a different kind of clientele in a rather more nerve-wracking environment — the dentist’s office.

▼ That’s right – a moe dentist is opening up in Akihabara.

This unusual dentist’s office goes by the name “Akiba Shika” (“Akiba Dentistry”) in Japanese and “Akiba Dental Clinic” in English. Unlike other dental clinics, this one has a hygienist who’s dressed as a maid, and to get everyone acquainted with the bizarre concept, a preview event was held for the general public on 10-12 June, ahead of the clinic’s official July opening.

Our reporter Seiji Nakazawa stopped by to see what it was all about, and when he arrived, the very first thing that impressed him was the fantastic thing about the reception area, which was clean, modern, calm, and welcoming.

▼ Then he stepped into the dentist’s room, and that’s where he got his first glimpse of moe on the dentist.

Those that’ve at all times thought there wasn’t enough hands-on interaction with maids at a maid cafe will need to make a booking to get their teeth cleaned here, because that is a really hands-on experience.

▼ Value getting a filling for.

During Seiji’s visit, the maid who attended to him was Riko Konoe (@ko_no_e on Twitter), who’s each a cosplayer and a professional dental hygienist. She did a improbable job of creating Seiji feel calm and well cared for, so by the point he sat up again he felt as if each his mouth and mind were refreshed.

With so many maid cafes around, Seiji began to wonder why no one had thought to mix 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 select to open a business with this idea?

Dr Yukawa“I believe there are quite just a few people who find themselves petrified of dentists, to the extent that they’ve a phobia around dentistry. Originally, the start line for this business was the need to have those people come to the dentist. Then, after I was fascinated by how I could get them to return, I believed it could help if they may have a very good relationship with the staff. It could be nice if they may have a dentist who didn’t just check their teeth, but a dentist whom they may talk over with as well.”

Dr Yukawa: “Because I’m fundamentally a dentist, there’s only a lot I can do, so the fundamental treatment I offer will likely be the identical as an everyday dentist. Nonetheless if people want to simply talk [to allay their fears about dental visits] that may be irregular work that a traditional dentist doesn’t offer, so I haven’t decided find out how to go about that just yet — it’ll be worked out throughout the opening process.”

Dr Yukawa definitely had a form aura about him that may help to calm anyone with a dental phobia, and sometimes a free dental consultation, with a maid by your side, will be key to softly coaxing these more nervous types into the dentist’s chair.

Nonetheless, having a maid within the office might give patients a negative impression about everyone’s credentials, so Seiji addressed the elephant within the room by asking:

Seiji: Do you offer proper dental examinations?

Dr. Yukawa: “In fact. To be honest, I believe it’s natural for people to have that sort of impression, so I’m only using top-of-the-range equipment. It’s something I’ve been most careful about.”

Dr Yukawa, who graduated from Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto Dental University, offers treatment for cavities and periodontal disease, in addition to dental implant, cleansing, and whitening services.

Seiji was trying hard to search out a crack on this seemingly dream-come-true dental clinic, so he enquired about their unusually late opening hours.

Seiji: I heard that Akiba Dental will start seeing patients from 1 July. In the event you’re a serious dentist, why are your small business hours so different to other dentists? Isn’t it late to operate from 2-11 p.m.?

Without missing a beat, Dr Yukawa replied:

“Because our goal demographic isn’t children, it’s people in Akihabara.”

Seiji realised these operating hours would definitely suit all of the business employees in and around Akihabara, who sometimes don’t leave the office until after 9:00 p.m. It may possibly be hard to search out a dentist open at the moment of night, so Akiba Dental has really done its research on who its goal customer is.

That’s when our dentist-fearing, late-night working, moe and maid-loving Seiji realised he was the clinic’s goal customer.

The team at Akiba Dental really do fill a distinct segment within the Tokyo dental world, and now that Seiji has tried it for himself, he highly recommends paying them a visit. After you visit the maid cafe with moe ointment and the otaku hair salon, after all.

Location information
Akiba Dental Clinic / アキバ歯科
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda 4-4-3, Ogiso Constructing 2F
東京都千代田区外神田4-4-3 小木曾ビル2F
Open: 2:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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