Kurayami Gohan, or Dinner in the Dark, is a three-hour dining experience in Japan that invites guests to dine alongside one another while wearing blindfolds. Naturally, the experience of eating food is heightened with one's sense of sight temporarily removed. While there are some restaurants that are built around the idea of dining in the dark, this event is centered on encouraging guests to try dishes, communicate with one another and experience "mindfulness through food."
Without visual cues, diners are challenged to focus on the language that they use to identify different dishes. The experience also offers a unique way to pay attention to group dynamics, as it is said that a leader often naturally emerges to guide others.
At Dinner in the Dark, guests can expect to eat simple dishes like soups, salads and sides with a twist.