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Resto in Japan named 'Restaurant of Mistaken Orders' brings smiles to its guests

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A restaurant in Japan called the "Restaurant of Mistaken Orders" caught the attention of the netizens because most of their orders and deliveries are expected to be given incorrectly. Their waitresses and waiters all have varying degrees of cognitive impairment.
This odd concept was made by Shiro Oguni and according to him, this pop-up restaurant is to promote interaction with people who have dementia. "Like everybody else, my awareness of dementia at first tended towards negative images of people who were 'radically forgetful' and 'aimlessly wandering about.' But actually, they can cook, clean, do laundry, go shopping, and do other 'normal' things for themselves," Oguni said on Government of Japan.
Oguni said that in "Restaurant of Mistaken Orders", some customers may encounter an older woman that shows to guests their table and she sits down with them. Also, some may experience being served hot coffee with a straw, or see another older woman struggling to twist a large pepper mill.
The creator, Oguni clarified, "The restaurant is not about whether orders are executed incorrectly or not, the important thing is the interaction with people who have dementia."
Meanwhile, some mixed reactions are coming from the netizens, wherein some said, "Don't treat dementia like a carnival sideshow!" and "Don't make a laughingstock out of them!"
However, some guests think that the concept is helpful for the staffers with dementia since they can see that the elderlies are enjoying their work, while others said that they are moved to tears and feel inspired.
"Dementia is not what a person is, but just part of who they are. People are people. The change will not come from them, it must come from society," Oguni added.
"Japan, characterized as a "super-aging" society with 29% of its population over 65-years-old is viewing dementia cafes as a solution to keep its elderly population healthy and reduce social service spending," J stories

Last Modified: 2024-Feb-12 18.51.00 UTC+0800