Here's a novel idea: a manga reading room that caters exclusively to new and expecting mothers. It's the brainchild of 37-year-old Ayako Ueki, who thought of the idea while on maternity leave. The room is located in Tokyo's Nerima district and is designed to be a relaxing place where mothers don't have to leave because their child is crying, unlike many other public places.
The 43-square-foot room features about 400 volumes of manga, including series like Kimi ni Todoke and Tokimeki Tonight. The manga is kept in low bookshelves, and for similar safety reasons, only babies who are not yet crawling are allowed. Men are not allowed in the room, so women are free to breastfeed without feeling awkward. However, mothers must bring their own refreshments.
It's a good idea, but let's take this a step further. What about a reading room catering only to men who need a little time away from a crying kid? Stack the bookshelves with things like Fist of the North Star and put race cars on the walls. They could sell a package deal for both parents!
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