At A Japanese Cafe You're By Yourself But Not Alone

At the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo, customers can be seated at a table opposite a giant stuffed animal. If eating alone makes you feel conspicuous, sitting with a giant stuffed animal my not be the solution.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Dining alone can sometimes feel a bit socially awkward and in a nation known for refined social interaction, one restaurant is offering a way to feel less alone. At Japan's Moomin Cafe, customers can be seated at a table for two - opposite a giant stuffed moomin. That's the hippopotamus-like creature from a popular Finnish comic. Of course, if eating alone makes you feel conspicuous, sitting with a giant stuffed animal may not be the solution. It's MORNING EDITION.

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