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‘Only in Japan’ can you cut the tables with your mobile phone? Singaporeans disagree, Lifestyle News


“Let me show you something amazing in Japan,” a man with a British accent says in a video.

If you’re expecting an incredulous, jaw-dropping act, well, prepare to be disappointed.

Because what’s “incredible,” according to TikTok user Matcha_samurai, is how customers at a food court in Japan leave their belongings at the table while they go get their food.

“You can just leave your stuff to reserve a spot for yourself,” Matcha_samurai wrote in the clip, which has been viewed nearly 300,000 times since it was posted on Monday, August 22.

@matcha_samurai I wish I could do this anywhere in the world 😂 #matchasamurai #didyoubowtho #fyp ♬ original sound – Matcha Samurai

You say reserve, we say ‘mug’.

The 24-year-old Japanese content creator shows empty tables in a food court, littered with personal items, from hand towels to bags and even cellphones.

“Look! You just leave your phone on a table, and no one is going to take it,” he exclaims in amazement, adding in the caption to the video, “I wish I could do this anywhere in the world. the world”.

“Only in Japan, only in Japan.”

But is it so?

Netizens believed to be Singaporeans were too quick to step in and point out the erroneousness of his sighting.

“In Singapore we use tissue packs/keys/cellphones,” one user wrote, to which Matcha_samurai replied, “Damn [sic] I should move to Singapore.”


And not just using things like tissues or cell phones, but “even laptops,” another said.


You could add that it’s basically anything, really, and that includes business cards, employee passes, and umbrellas.

Others first claimed the origins of “mug-ing”, with a user training the content creator and other commentators on the history of Singapore’s “mug” culture, saying it started in the 80s, and “we leave bags, tissues and even telephones on the tables”.



But it’s not just in Singapore. From the feedback, we learned that using one’s valuables to claim a seat is also prevalent in Korea as well as the Gulf countries.

Netizens of other nationalities have also started to comment on the preferred method of “cutting” seats and tables in their home country.

And that includes the use of grandmothers and children.


But then, there are places where such actions would be inadvisable.


We think, however, that it might be safer to err on the side of caution and keep your valuables hidden away. After all, as they say in Singapore, low crime does not mean there is no crime.

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