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.