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Dinner for one


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
Emancipation a la japonaise Part II

Tokyo women warming up to 'a table for one'

Your friend has cancelled a dinner date at a restaurant you have been wanting to try for a long time, do you keep the reservation and dine solo or go home hungry?

More and more single Japanese women are not afraid of dining alone and are asking for a table for one. An increasing number of them even prefer having a meal at a restaurant solo.

It is a surprising change for a society known traditionally as a group-oriented culture. Japanese women, especially, have had an image of being dependent on men. [...]

"Eating by yourself on a Friday evening, when it's practically a crime not to be with friends, can be fun. After working hard for a day, I need the selfish luxury of a table for one," said 32-year-old Maki Ohara.

=> iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=3&art_id=iol1043433816592S400&set_id=1
A bit of a contradictory article in Nikkei on Jan 25

Top 10 places women hesitate to go alone
(effective answers from 1000 women)

1. high class restaurant (428)
2. overseas trip (355)
3. steak house (335)
4. karaoke box (299)
5. traditional Japanese restaurant (285)
6. bar (268)
7. high grade Chinese restaurant (268)
8. izakaya (Japanese style pub) (254)
9. theme park (234)
10. clubbing (223)

I would be happy to accompany those who dine alone.
Where can I find them???
How about a new forum section for lonely hearts, erm, lonely diners? ;)
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