Coffee, tea and nagging in Japan’s anti-delay cafe

Customers are working with their manuscripts at the Manuscript Writing Caf, which is designed for writers working in Tokyo, Japan, on April 21st. – Reuters / Kim Kyung-hun

TOKYO – Writers facing deadlines go to the Tokyo Manuscript Writing Caf বোঝ with understanding – they can’t go until their work is finished.

Oh, and they have to throw down the ribbon and make sure to finish.

The clean, well-lit space in West Tokyo has 10 seats reserved for writers and editors. Manga The artist, and someone else is clinging to the written word and timeline. Coffee and tea are unlimited and self-service, and high-speed Wi-Fi and a docking port are installed in each seat.

Customers enter, write their name, write goals and they plan to finish. They can also ask to check progress while working, only “gently” asking them if they have finished paying and “normal” one check-in every hour.

Those who choose “hard” will feel the silent pressure from the staff who often stand behind them.

Owner Takua Kawai, 52, and a writer himself, said he hoped the strict rules would help people focus.

“The cafeteria has gone viral on social media and people are saying the rules are awful or it looks like it’s being watched from behind,” said General Kawai, completing their work and displaying a board with the names of the departed customers.

“But instead of actually monitoring, I’m here to support them. As a result, what they thought would take a day was actually done in three hours, or things that usually take three hours were done in one go.”

The cafe charges প্রথম 130 ($ 1.01) for the first 30 minutes and then পর 300 ($ 2.34) per hour in succession. Although some people have passed the official closing time, they have all finally completed their work.

Amiko Sasaki, 37, and a blog writer, said she enjoyed the opportunity to be free from annoying social media and phone calls.

“It’s good to be able to concentrate on writing,” he said, adding that three blogs meet the goal in three hours.

The cafe, originally a live streaming space, was badly hit by the coronavirus epidemic, but Mr. Kawai is now optimistic because word of mouth has spread about its new format.

“I don’t know what kind of work might be born, but I’m proud to give my support so that what is written here can be published to the whole world,” he said. – Reuters

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