Thou shall receive what the person before thee had ordered…?

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If you had a tail and your favourite treat at hand, would you be like her?

There are many strange things in Japan, that which I believe all of us can conclude as such. However, a huge surprise would come along if you take an order in a cafe at Kashiwa, Chiba.

Known as the Ogori Cafe, you are to receive what the person before you ordered and the person after you shall get what you ordered.

Whacky isn’t it? Read more inside!

I guess there is always a first time for everything, like ordering a cup of coffee and to get ice-cream instead with the waiter/waitress denying serving the wrong order.

This idea is actually kind of cool and interesing, until you get something you don’t really like at all. But hey, you can use this cafe as a indication of your luck for the day! So there is at least one good thing in the bag if you were to receive a plate of wasabi as a joke from the previous customer.

Anywho, now the question is “Do you think this kind of Cafe is a good idea outside of Japan?” I think not. What makes this cafe so unique and interesting is surprises, and it really would kind of suck if you were the only idiot around that order expensive stuff while everyone else just had a cup of coffee, so as to test their luck. I guess only people who either knows shame or knew what isn’t right would be the one ordering expensive stuff in such cafes.

This cafe also has the following set of rules:

  1. Let’s treat the next person. What to treat them with? It’s your choice.
  2. Even if it’s a group of friends or a family, please form a single-file line. Also, you can’t buy twice in a row.
  3. Please enjoy what you get, even if you hate it. (If you really, really hate it, let’s quietly give it to another while saying, “It’s my treat…”)
  4. Let’s say “Thank You! (Gochihosama)” if you find the person with your Ogori cafe card.
  5. We can’t issue a receipt.

Despite its uniqueness, it seems like this kind of cafe doesn’t stay long as Ogori Cafe is no longer in Kashiwa, Chiba or anywhere else. I guess it must be bad business as people might not want to gamble their luck in this cafe.

Source
http://www.gadling.com/2009/10/10/japanese-restaurants-unusual-rule-you-get-what-the-person-befo/
http://www.cabel.name/2009/09/kashiwa-mystery-cafe.html

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