May 22, 2017

"Don't clean up" card at a food court

I was at the subway station of Omotesando the other day, and they got a little food court. There, I discovered a new system that I've never seen elsewhere in Japan.

"Don't clean up" card at a food court photo

Since it is a food court, solo-eaters might leave the seat once in a while to get more food/services. To avoid your plates being taken away, you can leave this card on the table facing up.

"Don't clean up" card at a food court photo

On the other hand, the red side notifies the staff to clear the table for you and that you're done.

"Don't clean up" card at a food court photo

And this means that at this food court, cleaning after yourself is totally not necessary.

I've seen the card system used at all-you-can-eat/drink places, but this is my first time to see it applied to a food court.


  • DaveJpn

    on May 23

    I've never seen the 'card system' before. In this case were the cards already set on the tables or do you have to collect them from somewhere?

  • Jackson

    on May 24

    @DaveJpn They were all on the tables already, ready to be flipped!