Verification of the effects of vertical sleep and coffee in Harajuku.
early this month, Nescafe announced that it will give customers the chance to enjoy coffee at its Harajuku café…and Napping while standingthanks to the installation of special sleeping pods created by a Hokkaido-based company, Koyogi Plywood Co., Ltd..
called Kirinapputhese standing pods are specifically designed to allow you to: Sleeps in an upright position so you can practically nap like a giraffe. This special promotion kicks off on his August 22nd and requires advance reservations, so reporter Tasuku Egawa flew online and was lucky enough to secure a slot just a day after the pod came out. I made it.
▼ So he went next. Nescafe Harajuku for his nap.
”Sleeping coffee nap experienceis priced at 825 yen ($5.68) and includes coffee and 30 minutes in a sleeping pod, optionally adding a side to your order from a 3-piece menu created in consultation with Dr. Mitsuo Hayashi. You can also. Hiroshima University is a leading authority in the science of sleep and drowsiness.
of roast beef baguette sandwich (870 yen) is shrimp terrine sandwich (760 yen) and grapefruit mousse (580 yen). rich in tryptophan, As it is an essential amino acid that induces drowsiness, we recommend that those who order this menu eat the side menu before entering the sleep pod.
▼ Roast beef baguette sandwich (top), shrimp terrine sandwich (bottom)
Egawa added a shrimp terrine sandwich for a total of 1,585 yen. Both food and pod reservations were completed at the same time, so when Egawa arrived at his allotted time, it didn’t take long before he was seated and served a sandwich and a complimentary cup of coffee for all participants. I did. Join the pod experience.
▼ The sandwiches looked like a fancy cafe, and they were delicious.
While eating a sandwich and waiting for the tryptophan to wear off, Egawa was able to take a good look at the space, which on the day of his visit was bustling with media people.
▼ Mr. Egawa was approached by multiple media outlets, including Reuters, to hear his thoughts on the experience.
After eating his sandwich, he sipped his coffee in preparation for his nap.Recommended by Nescafe A cup of coffee before a 20-minute nap in your pod ensures that your caffeine hits just as you wake up.. Known as a “coffee nap,” it’s a growing trend around the world as several studies show it improves alertness and mental alertness.
But will it work for Egawa? It’s time to find out.
There are 4 pods available, 2 of which are dark space two models and a writer forest design. Egawa chose Spacia, so we were guided there, but the foreign media filmed the opening and closing of the door while Egawa was getting into the pod. Egawa imagined what kind of narration they would use for the footage, wondering if they would misrepresent him as an overworked office worker seeking an antidote to Japanese society. karoshi overwork culture.
But once inside, Egawa was shielded from the prying eyes of rival news outlets and was able to take photos exclusively for readers without spinning. To describe what it’s like inside, when you enter the pod there is a very small space where you can put your bag and get to the girafenap position.
▼ A door on the left, a space for a backpack in the middle, and Egawa crammed into a giraffe position at the bottom.
The instruction manual attached to the inner wall of the pod describes how to use the pod correctly. Remember, we’re here to get a good nap and get our blood flowing, not to sit and slouch.
The six steps for correct posture and alignment, numbered in the diagram above, are:
01 Place the sole firmly on the sole pad
02 Place your shins and knees firmly on the pad
03 Adjust the height of the seat pad with the up/down switch
04 Lower the armrest
05 Adjust the height of the armrest to a comfortable position with the lift switch
06 Raise the armrests and leave the room
Completely hidden from the outside world inside the pod, Mr. Egawa felt a sense of calm as he followed the directions and positioned himself correctly. As a hygienic measure, we have placed a new disposable paper on the table where you place your head and arms, so please be sure to leave it on. The staff will exchange it for the next customer.
When Egawa looked around, he noticed that there was an overhead ventilation fan and a small fan in the rear overhead position. Both can be turned on and off with a wall switch or remote control, so you don’t have to worry about ventilation issues.
▼Mr. Egawa found the seat and armrest height adjustment knobs on the right hand side.
The controls for adjusting the brightness of the lights and turning them on/off are on the wall (top circled below), and the fan remote is on the shelf by the height adjustment control (bottom circle). there was.
This is a view looking down from the headrest and armrest parts. Egawa’s body was firmly supported by cushioning pads, and the fit was perfect, so there was no fear of falling over.
▼ Don’t worry, it’s not the seat belt, it’s the strap of Egawa’s crossbody bag.
With the lights off, the inside of the pod is dark enough, but the light coming in through the small triangular window in the door can disturb light sleepers. Egawa-san thought it would be nice if a small curtain could be installed behind the door to provide a darker option for those who prefer complete darkness.
▼ Egawa took out his mobile phone so that he could feel the darkness inside the pod with the lights turned off.
If you prefer light over darkness, the entire forest pod wall is slightly light permeable, making it suitable for those with claustrophobia.
The last equipment in the pod is air purifierlocated under the seat rests, provides purified air for a 20-minute power nap.
As she followed the instructions and placed her head on the pad, Egawa felt her entire body relax. Even my abdominal hernia was much less uncomfortable in this position than lying down. Here he could easily fall asleep comfortably, but unfortunately…he didn’t.
The pod itself wasn’t the reason Egawa couldn’t take a nap. He was so busy taking notes and taking pictures for us that by the time we were ready for a nap, his 30 minutes in the pod was equal to his 20 minutes of nap and going to bed. It was supposed to include 5 minutes before and after, but 30 minutes had passed. You know, it was just up.
So he opened the door and stepped out into the light of the café. So he found that even spending half an hour in a pod without sleep can help restore energy. And when he left the café, his mind was pounding with all the possibilities such a pod offered. Can you imagine expanding the pod a bit to include room for a large monitor, refrigerator, PC and game?console inside? It’s the ultimate gaming pod, and one Egawa would spend a fortune on.
▼ “Giraffe Nap Sleeping Pod” is available for a limited time until September 17th.
The makers of Giraffenap say the compact pods are suitable for offices and can be used by employees for coffee naps to boost energy and create a more labor-efficient workplace. So Egawa might just sing praises of the pod to his boss at work…because he’s still waiting for someone to build this pod that looks like a train in Japan. Body.
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