A cafe in Japan, called Tokyo’s Moomin House Cafe, is more popularly known as the “Anti-Loneliness” Cafe.
The cafe provides a huge stuffed toy, named Moomin, to keep you company if you’re dining alone, or if you seem lonely.
Japan is known for its creative ways to market to solo travelers. Many places in this country allow travelers to interact with and take selfies with statues, characters and more.You can now add the “anti-loneliness” Moomin House to this list.
To save its lone customers from the awkward feeing of dining alone, they seat you 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.
To honor the characters’ Finland heritage, Moomin House Cafe serves bread made from Finnish rye, and offers food and pastries in shaped like Moomin characters. Cafe staff say there have been long lines almost every day since its “lonely-friendly” concept went viral starting in 2012. The cafe has been open since 2003.
There are now three Moomin Cafe locations in Japan. Beloved for their whimsical adventures and lots of unique characters, Moomins are celebrated in their home country of Finland and anime-obsessed Japan. 2014 marked the 100th birthday of their creator, Tove Jansson, who was born in 1914 and died in 2001. For a look at these adorable creatures and the cafe, click here.
I have always loved stuffed animals and hippos! I know this is a must see for a future visit!