A new writing cafe in Tokyo is using verbal pressure and progress checks to help its customers meet their deadlines before they’re allowed to leave.
— 川井さん（高円寺三角地帯） (@TakuyaKawai) April 7, 2022
From owls, cats and other adorable animals to vampires, ninjas and maids, Japanese cafes have developed unique themes to help them attract more customers. Located in the district of Koenji in Tokyo, Manuscript Writing Cafe is a new Japanese cafe aimed at writers with deadlines.
The establishment takes in people who are focused on manuscript writing, which includes copywriting, translation work, paper writing, screenplay writing and manga drawing, among others.
The cafe’s manager verbally holds customers accountable by asking about their progress. They can choose between “mild,” “normal” or “hard” progress checks to determine how often the manager or one of the cafe’s employees checks in on them. Writers who want a progress check “at the time of payment” choose “mild,” and those who want a progress check every hour can choose “normal.” Meanwhile, anyone who wants someone to stand behind them and “silently [pressures] in addition to the hourly voice” can choose “hard.”
With high-speed Wi-Fi in addition to USB fast-charging ports and power outlets at every seat, Manuscript Writing Cafe discourages conversations and permits virtual meetings outside to create a “moderately tense” environment so that serious writers can concentrate on their work indoors. Cafe employees can even keep smartphones to help improve concentration.
— ♡ (@akana_UTxTU) April 15, 2022
Since the Manuscript Writing Cafe is inside Koenji Sankakuchitai, a recording and broadcasting studio, business hours are irregular.
On April 15, owner Takuya Kawai tweeted that he was at his cafe until 4:30 a.m.
— 川井さん（高円寺三角地帯） (@TakuyaKawai) April 15, 2022
Customers can stay for as long as they would like – or, at least, until the cafe closes – and are charged based on how long they stay. They can expect to pay 150 yen (approximately $1.18) for each 30-minute increment.
To help customers stay motivated and awake, Manuscript Writing cafe offers unlimited access to self-service coffee and tea. Food options are not available, however, so writers can bring their own food, visit one of the nearby convenience stores or have food delivered to the cafe through services such as Uber Eats.
— 葉月@5/3 東３ ツ40a (@haduki4141) April 15, 2022
On Twitter, many commenters either said they found the concept of the new cafe intriguing or stress inducing.
Feature Image via @TakuyaKawai/Twitter