Sorry! If you are a dude, then you cannot enter Osaka's Ataraxia Cafe, which is aimed strictly at lady geeks. It's apparently the first of its kind in Japan. Over the years, there have been a variety of cafes aimed at women otaku, such as "butler cafes", which were relatively popular a decade ago among the country's geek subculture. This cafe, however, explicitly bans "regular people and men."
[Photo: Ataraxia Cafe [Twitter]] The idea is to create a space where women can relax and enjoy their otaku hobbies, whether that's reading manga or playing video games.
[Photo: Ataraxia Cafe [Twitter]]
There is even a "work space", where people can draw manga, work on cosplay costumes, or pursue whatever creative endeavour they're doing.
[Photo: Ataraxia Cafe [Twitter]] The cafe has sewing machines for use as well as a mannequin to help fit costumes. There's also free Wi-Fi, which can be hard to find in Japan.
[Photo: Ataraxia Cafe [Twitter]] Besides not being a dude, you need to be a member to enter (also 18 years old and up). Members only bars are common throughout Japan (and have been for many, many years). This is a geek spin on those spaces for women.
The cafe also serves up coffee, tea and tasty sweets as well as alcohol.
[Thanks, mewmew for the tip!]
Top photo: Ataraxia Cafe [Twitter]