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JAPAN – A cafe in Japan is gaining popularity due to their unique “anti-loneliness” concept.

The cafe went viral a few weeks ago and has since been besieged with customers wanting a taste of its “anti-loneliness” magic.

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 to visit. Weekends are packed all day long.

There are now three Moomin Cafe locations in Japan — the Tokyo Dome location is especially popular with Dome concert goers.