For anyone who’s ever wanted to visit a hostess bar without the whole hassle of actually getting up, going outside, and traveling to an establishment, Japan has a solution on the way. Tokyo media company Ichikara is taking this concept to the digital realm with a new hostess club that exists entirely in virtual reality.
Dubbed the Yumenographia café, Ichikara’s project will let patrons enter simply by popping on their VR headset. Once inside the space, they will be able to interact with anime-style hostesses that are more than your average artificial intelligence.
That brings us to the main hook of the service, which has real Yumenographia employees interacting with customers through their own VR avatars. The employees will be at a remote location, giving them the opportunity to hang out with customers in the virtual world in real time.
Here’s a sample video from Ichikara:
— ユメノグラフィア公式 (@Yumenographia) April 3, 2019
It all kicks off with preview events in Tokyo’s Kanda neighborhood on April 19, 20, 29, and 30. Folks in the area can apply online, and we’ll have to stay tuned for an update on when the café itself will officially open.