Welcome to Royal/T, LA’s first Japanese-style cosplay café. Partly inspired by the dozens of maid cafés in Toyko’s (in)famous Akihabara district, Royal/T serves as a café, art gallery and retail shop, each space infused with the sensibilities and eccentricities of modern Japanese culture. The walls of the café are lined with the work of some of today’s most sophisticated contemporary artists: Takashi Murakami, Yoshimoto Nara, and Hideaki Kawashima, just to name a few. The gallery space boasts an impressive private collection owned by Susan Hancock, the owner of the space and brainchild for this eclectic experience. The collection includes pieces from all the above artists in addition to other great names like Aya Takano, Yayoi Kusama, and Keisuke Yamamoto. And to tell the truth, it’s difficult to tell where the gallery ends and the café begins—especially when you have maids roaming all over the art space with trays of parfait.
The piece also includes a relatively in depth interview with the owner/art collector, Susan Hancock, and also a few questions with Sandra Westwood, who runs the cafe. Even ignoring the Cosplay dressing, Royal/T sounds like it could be a good place to grab a bite. Though I can’t help but wonder if I’ll be rubbing elbows with a grip of oily-haired schoolgirl fetishists rather than Japanese transplants or American otaku.
[via Motor City]