Monkey waiters in Japan … At the Kayabukiya tavern just north of Tokyo, Yatchan and Fukuchan serve customers hot towels and drinks, and are given soya beans as tips. Watching Yatchan and Fukuchan scurrying around the restaurant getting items for the customers is more ambition that I have seen by many human wait staff recently.
The Serve No Evil Monkey
At the Kayabukiya tavern just north of Tokyo, a pair of monkeys in jackets and shorts scamper over to the mini-oven, open the door and dish out hot towels to the patrons.
The younger of the two, Fuku-chan is quick to give the diners a hot towel to help them clean their hands before they order their drinks, as is the custom in Japan.
Yat-chan and Fuku-chan, who are both certified by the local authorities to work in the tavern are well appreciate by customers, who tip them with soya beans.
‘The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones,’ customer Takayoshi Soeno said.Tavern owner Kaoru Otsuka, 63, originally kept the monkeys as household pets – but when the older one started aping him he realised they were capable of working in the restaurant.