Mar 27, 2019
I am a freelancer. I do a lot of different type of work, but the majority of it is online. Most of the projects I take on is work that I can do from home. Or even better, something I love doing, from a cafe. Overall I find the cafes and restaurants in Japan very friendly to lingering customers and / or customers who literally and figuratively make themselves at home. Even back in the day when I was student here, I was very impressed by how certain cafes wouldn't kick you out if you set up a study area at one of their tables. Some cafes are so lenient that people opt to teach their students English in them rather than at home.
Nowadays in cafes, I don't take up a table with study books and notepads, but a notebook- my personal laptop. I don't think I have ever been asked by cafe staff to put books or a laptop away in my 18 years here. But there are some cafes and /or restaurants that I wouldn't take my laptop out in, because I would feel uncomfortable. Not that there are signs up, but sometimes you just get a feel. Although, I actually have seen a couple of places that do have signs up - small plaques on the table with a laptop or phone in a red "not permitted" circle. But that is rare.
Working in a cafe has its benefits for someone like me: a (mainly) stay at home mother and housewife. When I am at home I get distracted by things I need to do around the house. Or if my kids are here, I get interrupted a billion times even though the kids know I am working. Cafes give me the opportunity to do uninterrupted work, even when the cafe is hustling and bustling. But most of all, I just like the change of scenery.
Some cafes are more suitable to working in than others. I generally opt for ones that have a designated working area with counter tops. They usually have USB cable and power outlets making them ideal spaces for working on a laptop or device. They tend to be cafes that are self service, so while you don't get your food or drink served to you, they offer a comfortable and relaxed workspace. My personal favourite is the Wired Cafe in Omiya, because they do have table service, great coffee and there is just a really nice atmosphere in the cafe. Do you ever work from a cafe in Japan? Any you would like to recommend?
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