The first thing that came to mind after reading this was “Lars and the Real Girl.” A restaurant in Japan doesn’t want you to feel alone if you’re dining solo so to help you out, they are willing to provide you with a stuffed hippo to join you. Now, I can’t knock a stuffed animal. I love them. This, however, seems a little peculiar to me. I’ve always been one to believe that you should do whatever you want and not worry about what others will think of you, but wait- for a second, what do you think people WILL think of you? The Moomin Cafe in Tokyo is awfully sweet for keeping solo diners in mind, but I think if I were in this situation, I would just opt for a book.