Japan is undoubtedly the frontrunners when it comes to innovative concepts and projects. Just last week, several schools held an entrance ceremony which was completely on the metaverse for over 3,800 new students.
Recently, it was reported that there is a cafe in Tokyo, Japan created for writers specifically to encourage people to meet their deadlines.
According to Japan Today, the cafe located in the Koenji district of Tokyo caused a buzz online for its creative ways of keep you busy and not distracted. The cafe called ‘The Manuscript Writing Cafe’, has rules to ensure that writers can get their work done before a deadline.
The cafe charges by time used (with a minimum of thirty minutes, and then by the hour with an order of coffee) and is equipped for writing with USB ports, Wi-Fi, and computer stands.
It has 10 seats reserved for writers, editors, manga artists and anybody else grappling with anything writing related as well as deadlines. It also allows customers to bring in food and drinks and even have it delivered.
However it has some fairly strict rules about writing such as:
- Upon entering the store, you have to write down at the reception desk your personal details and how many words and by what time you are going to write your manuscript.
- The manager asks you every hour how your manuscript is coming along.
- You are not allowed to leave the store until you have finished writing your manuscript or writing project.
Apparently, customers can choose different “courses” in terms of how rigorously staff check in on your progress. An “S” course sees them hurry you along pretty aggressively and even stand behind you frequently, whilst a “M” course has them do it a more mildly.
Owner Takuya Kawai who is a writer himself, said that he hoped the strict rules would help people focus.
“The cafe went viral on social media and people are saying the rules are scary or that it feels like being watched from behind.”
“But actually instead of monitoring, I’m here to support them… As a result what they thought would take a day actually was completed in three hours, or tasks that usually take three hours were done in one,” he explained.
“I don’t know what kind of work might be born, but I’m proud to be able to offer my support so that things written here can be published to the whole world,” he added.
We are eagerly waiting for someone to bring this concept to Malaysia. Do you think that you would be even more productive? Let us know in the comments.
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