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Japan’s Anti-loneliness Cafe Goes Viral

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At Tokyo’s Moomin House Cafe, lone patrons are seated with a plush toy for company.

Talk about creative coping mechanisms for being alone — from the blogger who photographs selfies with his imaginary girlfriend to the company that takes your stuffed animals on vacation without you, Japan appears to be cornering the market on accommodating solo travelers.

You can now add the “anti-loneliness” Moomin House Cafe to the menagerie of “wait, what?” strokes of Japanese brilliance.

We first wrote about the Moomin House Cafe in 2012, but the cafe went viral a few weeks ago and has since been besieged with customers wanting a taste of its “anti-loneliness” magic. CNN’s Yuki Arawaka paid a visit (see gallery photos) following the cafe’s new surge in popularity.

To save its lone customers from the awkward perils of solo dining, the cafe kindly seats diners with stuffed animal companions called Moomins, a family of white hippo-like characters created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.

Moomins are brought to each table so that patrons — solo or in groups — can have a turn sitting with them.

Weekday mornings are the quietest time, while weekends are packed all day long.

Respecting Moomin culture

To honor the characters’ heritage, Moomin House Cafe serves bread made from Finnish rye, and offers food and pastries in the form of Moomin characters.

Cafe staff say there have been long lines almost every day since its “lonely-friendly” concept went viral…(read more)

CNN.com

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3 Comments on “Japan’s Anti-loneliness Cafe Goes Viral”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet At Tokyo’s Moomin House Cafe, lone patrons are seated with a plush toy for company. Talk […]

  2. Mike says:

    Where else can a plush toy go for company?


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