The non-profit agency, Komatsu Children’s Cafeteria, located in Komatsu, Ishikawa, recently held a special event in front of the JR Komatsu Station. Anorganization that that cosplays as Kamen Riders held a special event to entertain around 135 parents and children.
The children’s cafeteria is open every two months. Eight people from the Blushing Rider Club, who are from Tsuruga, a city in Fukui Prefecture, attended in handmade costumes. They included Kamen Rider Zero-One, Kamen Rider ZI-O, Kamen Rider Kuuga, Kamen Rider V3, and Kamen Rider 1.
When the heroes arrived, the crowd cheered. The club members handed out okonomiyaki prepared from the cafeteria, along with bento boxes free for children and 300円 for adults.
A four-year-old who lives in the neighborhood commented, “It was fun because it was the first time I saw it. The poses were cool.” A cafeteria staff member commented on how it was the first event they’d seen so far since the COVID-19 outbreak and hoped that the attendees enjoyed it.
Children’s cafeterias are safe spaces where children can have a hot meal, often for free or at a very low cost. Children can visit these places when their parents are working long hours and aren’t available to make them meals. The cafeterias are often open to parents as well, making them a welcome place for families. Children can also find some comfort with other children or partake in special events. One children’s cafe that was featured on NHK World held events to teach children English.
The cafeterias aren’t open every day, but only during certain times. The staff at these cafeterias are often volunteers and accept ingredient donations from around the community.
Article Sources The Chunichi Shimbun