Japan's 'Anti-Loneliness' Cafe
Frances Cha published an article for CNN on May 15, 2014 entitled “Japan’s ‘anti-loneliness’ café goes viral”, here is part of that article:
“Hate to dine alone? Many people do. No worries. If you don't have a date for dinner, you can now dine with a Moomin.
Wait, a what?!
Moomins, are a family of white, anime, hippo-like characters created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. They've been around for decades, and have increased in popularity around the world, especially in anime-obsessed Japan, where Moomin House Cafes are catering to the solitary diner.
In a nod to the growing isolation of Japan's workaholic labor force, giant, plush-toy Moomins are brought to the tables of solo diners in an effort to spare them the "awkward perils" of dining alone.
The original Moomin cafe opened in 2001, but pictures of diners ‘enjoying’ the company of Moomins have recently gone viral, creating a huge surge in the cafe's popularity. There are now three locations, with more on the horizon if their "anti-loneliness" concept proves to be more than a passing fad.”
They are cute, but it seems a stretch to suggest they could suppress the "awkward perils" of loneliness.
Ever felt alone in a crowd? The truth is, even real people aren't able to satisfy our deepest need to be perfectly loved and fully accepted. For that we must seek the companionship of the only person who is able to make such a relationship possible. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and you will never have to fear the "awkward perils" of loneliness again!
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him" (Psalm 62:5).
"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home …" (Psalm 68:5-6).