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The Kyoto University Introduces 'Bocchi Seki' for People Who Eat Alone

 - Aug 1, 2013
References: kyoto-u.ac.jp & psfk
No matter how old a person is, walking into a cafeteria with the knowledge that they don't know anyone and will have to eat alone can be an embarrassing and even terrifying concept; the Bocchi Seki helps to ease this discomfort. The Bocchi Seki is a series of seating introduced into lunchrooms at the Kyoto University and Kobe University in Japan that have dividers between the tables so that people can eat in privacy.

According to PSFK, the Bocchi Seki seats are particularly popular with students who have been too busy to make new friends but who don't want to be seen eating alone. One student says, "If you are sitting at a big table by yourself it’s like you don’t have any friends and that is embarrassing."