There is a Japanese phrase, “Ichigensama okotowari,” that’s used by owners of certain discriminating restaurants and shops, and means, roughly, “We respectfully decline first-time visitors.” In other words: walk-ins not welcome. To make a reservation or a purchase, you have to be recommended by a regular.
Bohemian is, naturally, hard to find—it’s a kakurega, or hidden place, tucked behind a Japanese butcher shop, in a building once owned by Andy Warhol. - New Yorker Magazine.
Basically - to get a booking, you need a referral from someone who has been before. Your name and phone number becomes your membership card - then you can invite others to join.
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