In Japan, dementia is expected to impact one in five people by 2025, a significant concern in an aging society.
Addressing this, an innovative “Restaurant of Mistaken Orders” has emerged, where all servers have cognitive impairment.
This unique concept, created by Shiro Oguni, challenges conventional perceptions of dementia.
Here, errors like receiving gyoza instead of a hamburger steak aren't met with annoyance but acceptance.
This fosters a relaxed dining ambiance.
At the end of every order, a dessert with a bashful smile is served.
The essence isn’t about correct or incorrect orders but human interactions with dementia-affected individuals.
Initially, Oguni worried about negative criticisms, like trivializing dementia.
However, the joy and confidence seen in these servers change perceptions.
"Dementia is just a part of them, not their identity. Society must change its outlook."
He envisions a "Warm Japan", promoting compassion and understanding, ensuring everyone feels welcomed and valued.
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