Although dementia is not a specific disease, it is a condition that can affect more than 3 million people in the United States and 47 million people worldwide. Usually caused by brain disease or injury, this disorder has symptoms of memory loss, changes in personality and social skills, and impaired thinking and reasoning abilities.
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This last month in Tokyo, a pop-up restaurant appeared in the Toyosu district by the name of ‘The Restaurant of Order Mistakes.’ The main mission of the restaurant was not aimed at serving customers with amazing food, but instead to raise awareness regarding dementia.
The idea behind ‘The Restaurant of Order Mistakes’ is that– by only hiring waiters who have dementia– every customer comes to the restaurant fully knowing that their order may be mistakenly mixed up with another order. Knowing what you are getting into decreases any judgement and increases the amount of understanding for the person suffering from dementia.
The restaurant’s goal is to show the world that people with dementia can be functioning members of society, they only require a little understanding.
The restaurant ran for a very short trial period from June 2nd to June 4th in Tokyo.
One of the co-initiators of ‘The Restaurant of Order Mistakes,’ Maggie’s Tokyo, has announced that they will be planning another pop-up on September 21st in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day.
Japanese food blogger Mizuho Kudo ate at the restaurant during the pop-up and wrote a great review. She said that, although she ordered a hamburger, she was given dumplings that ended up being very delicious.
In her review, Kudo also shared that it was exciting to see all of the waiters happy and having fun.
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