Café in Japan lets solo diners eat with stuffed animals

It strikes me as slightly creepy that adults dining alone are offered the “companionship” of a stuffy, but that is the trend in a café in Japan. According to Business Insider, Moomin Café provides outsize stuffed toys to patrons who, for whatever reason, ending up taking their sustenance in public and unaccompanied.

Moomin Cafe

If the practice can be justified on any grounds, it is the theme of the restaurant, which is based on a series of Finnish picture books about a family of hippopotamus-like creatures.

The phenomenon is reminiscent of the “adult baby” trend in Britain that made headlines a couple years back. Full-grown adults would dress down in baby clothes, sit in large high chairs, and relive their infant and toddler years.

No word on whether Moomin Café provide nightlights after sundown to customers afraid of the dark.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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