From thigh-revealing outfits to colourful pinafores, there was a lot of humour and sex appeal on display this Maid’s Day.
Besides the national holidays and commemorative occasions marked on the annual calendar, Japan has a huge number of other special days throughout the year which are cleverly designed to honour more everyday facets of society and culture.
These “days” exist because of the interesting pronunciations that come about when certain month-and-day combinations sound similar to well-known products, events or activities. There’s Honey Day, or Hachimitsu Day, on August 3 (8=hachi 3=mitsu); Gomi Zero Day on May 30 (No Garbage Day [5=go 3=mi 0=zero]); and on May 10, we have Maid’s Day, due to the fact that the alternate reading for 10, “do”, works to create the word “May-do” which sounds just like the word “Maid“.
#メイドの日 らしいよ🤔❤️❤️ https://t.co/uOmP6riGRh—
羽咲みはる🎀 (@usa_miharu) May 10, 2017
Cosplayers, artists and even anime characters all came out to honour the day by posting pictures to social media with the hashtag #メイドの日, “Maid no Hi” or “Maid Day”, so we’re joining in the celebrations with a look at some of the funny, cute and alluring pictures that appeared online.
Kicking us off is the awesome swordfighting maid, who loves to combine traditional samurai-style moves with the elegance of a maid’s uniform.
メイドの日と言うことで！ メイドと槍術 #メイドの日 https://t.co/iWjCyFmX0G—
まーこ (@harima_mekkai) May 10, 2017
While plenty of living, breathing examples of maids appeared online, surprisingly, there were a lot of inanimate creatures getting in on the act too, like wide-eyed dolls…
もう一つ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ #メイドの日 https://t.co/tspdbZ6a9t—
西城 恵 体調やや不良w (@psijho) May 10, 2017
Well-known characters, like cats who live in bananas from the anime series Bananya…
5月10日は #メイドの日 にゃ！ ばなにゃがメイド喫茶のまねをして遊んでいるようです。 ＃ばなにゃ ＃bananya https://t.co/LPN6X1JNgP—
ばなにゃ【公式】 (@bananya_anime) May 10, 2017
And Kirimi-chan, Sanrio’s salmon-head character, also dressed up in a maid’s uniform.
お帰りなさい、ごしゅじんさま #メイドの日 https://t.co/aoCImi6oUY—
KIRIMIちゃん.【公式】 (@kirimi_sanrio) May 10, 2017
Talented artists also celebrated by sharing some of their gorgeous designs.
メイド亜子ちゃん🎀 #メイドの日 https://t.co/6hqZY7Oaw0—
矢野茜 (@if_224) May 10, 2017
#メイドの日 桂さんでメイドの日です。二０十七(・・?) https://t.co/XGv3s3GL3g—
ゆうん@アナログお絵描き、通販 、バラ (@2Indoorfish) May 10, 2017
Fans of Japanese music group Band-Maid couldn’t help using the occasion to post photos of their favourite band.
ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN (@ERNIEBALL_JAPAN) May 10, 2017
ヒヵル (@hika_rock06) May 10, 2017
And of course, cosplayers were keen to don their cute uniforms, with the most popular look of the day going to pink-haired Ram and blue-haired Rem, the twin maids from anime series Re: Zero cosplay.
メイドの日？らしいから双子を❤💙 #5月10日はメイドの日 #メイドの日 https://t.co/bzKJ65i8cl—
いを🍫 (@CHARiS_333) May 09, 2017
▼ Ram and Rem inspired both cosplayers and artists on the day.
ラムちー＆レムりん＿φ(￣∇￣* )(再掲) #メイドの日 https://t.co/kjcue2uqAP—
仁井学 NII Manabu (@aleos696) May 10, 2017
Other cosplayers decided to walk a more traditional route with their outfits, with long uniforms…
#メイドの日 ですって ロングにシニョンはよいものだ https://t.co/BUbxAvu83U—
萱沼千穂@5/28ポニキャン本社🎂 (@chiho_kaya) May 10, 2017
▼ Short-skirted outfits…
▼ And raunchy maid lingerie.
ねーねーなんで5/10は #メイドの日 なの？？(๑•́ ₃ •̀๑) 1枚目/qshin(光と遊ぶ)さん 2.3枚目/お耽美さん https://t.co/mhPp1a7JdS—
西野翔@5/13ハミパ17 (@showtaro3) May 10, 2017
#メイドの日 だと聞いて。 #週プレさんの撮り下ろし やで。😉 https://t.co/EVhZQL2tJD—
青山ひかる@あおみん(あお松) (@hikaru06kon) May 10, 2017
▼ There were also maids exposing thighs in over-the-knee socks
And others who chose something different to the traditional black-and-white look, opting to stand out in more colourful fashion choices.
▼ For those working at Japanese maid cafes, every day is Maid’s Day!
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Whether you prefer to cosplay alone or in the company of a friend, Maid’s Day is a great excuse to get dressed up for a special occasion.
If you missed out on Maid’s Day this year, there’s no need to worry – the special day is celebrated annually so you’ve got plenty of time to pick out an outfit in preparation for next year’s festivities!
Featured image: Twitter/@usa_miharu