The Japanese restaurant with a list of rules bigger than the menu

When travelling to Berlin a month or so ago, I was shocked at just how noisy it was on the train. Some people seemed to phone non-stop. And to not worry that everyone else could hear all their plans for the day.

And there I was, trying to work quietly. So next time I travel by train, I’m going to book a seat in the quiet zone.

So, at the moment, I quite like the idea of going to a restaurant that bans mobile phones. What a pity that the Nihonryori Ryugin, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, is so far away. It’s in Tokyo!

But the restaurant doesn’t only ban phones. It has a list of rules bigger than the menu. In this article in the Daily Mail, we learn that guests are not allowed to leave the tables to smoke and are not allowed to wear perfume or eau de cologne. Oh, and guests who can’t eat fish, vegetables, seafood-based stock or hate soy sauce or miso are asked not to book a table!

Japan and its work ethic

One often hears stories of Japanese workers spending longer hours in the office than those in other countries and of deaths related to overwork in Japan.

According to this article in the BloombergView, it looks as if Japan might be addressing its corporate-culture problem.

So will we see a change? Will we see a focus on efficiency, productivity and family time? I sincerely hope so.