Arata Funabara, the owner of Cheers One in the Ginza district, said that they tried placing stickers on tables to aid social distancing, but he thought they made the café look dreary. So they decided to use mannequins. As the café is not open at full scale, it is quite empty, so they decided to “add more excitement” with mannequins to bolster the crowd for their cheerleading waitresses.
The waitresses perform karaoke on request and are equipped with face masks, gloves and pom-poms.
Is this the answer to restaurant reopening? No. We’re pretty sure you won’t find it in your local regular, but it is a wonderfully bizarre construct, unique to our times, found only in Tokyo.
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