Once bedridden, one cannot fulfil their life.
Many must have felt this way.
Ory Laboratory has been working since 2012 with one mission:
the Elimination of loneliness from human race.
We have been working with people with disabilities, searching for ways to create a society where people can meet, work, and live like oneself even if they were bedridden or housebound.
In a time where people live longer than ever, we will all be bedridden at one point in our life. We therefore respectfully refer to our fellow individuals with disabilities as "Bedridden veterans." Despite the presence of our bedridden veterans, the role model of life after being confined to a bed has not been clear.
We believe that in searching for a life past being bound, together with our bedridden veterans, we can open up a new way of life.
In 2020, the whole world came to a halt and became confined to their homes.
The inability to go to places that we used to take for granted has caused many of us to lose our sense of community. As a result, new encounters and discoveries became scarce, and new ways of living are being sought.
A year after the worldwide confinement has started, we are taking a new step forward in 2021.
Can OriHime be part of the answer to the new way of life past the pandemic?
Could people with disability participate in society as oneself, meet new people, and earn salaries?
Can we all, disabled and able-bodied, find new communities and participate whilst being confined to our homes?
Under the current situation, the line between "disabled" and "able-bodied" has blurred. and all of the questions above have become inseparable.
We are conducting an experiment in this new age, where we shape a new society together, for both of us who can go out freely, and those who cannot do so. In doing so, we hope to create a shared sense of community and memories in a difficult time like this.
Please look forward to our new challenges.
Ory Yoshifuji, CEO of Ory Laboratory
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Together with more than 50 unique members from diverse backgrounds, we have created a space where customers and OriHime pilots can share their experiences together, and create new connections between people.
We truly hope that you enjoy the space, foods, and experiences shared with our OriHime pilots.
"Avatar Robot Café" is an experimental business, where people with disabilities such as ALS work as staffs, by remotely controlling robots called OriHime and OriHime-D. The aim of this cafe is to create and share opportunities for those who want to work, but cannot do so due to their medical or physical conditions. Our ultimate goal is to use technology as a catalyst to lower the many obstacles that prevents people from participating in society, and make it a more inclusive one.
This project was started in 2018, and has been through 3 updates since then. In June 2021, we opened a permanent, experimental cafe in Nihonbashi, Tokyo for further social implementation and experiment. Please visit us to see what the future has to offer for all of us.
There are two types of seating: OriHime visitor seating, which requires a reservation, and general seating, which does not require a reservation.
[ A Area ]
- OriHime will visit your table to take orders and serve your drinks.
- You can enjoy our original diner-inspired food, sweets and drinks produced by TAILORED CAFE while talking with the OriHime pilot working remotely.
- Coffee produced and directed by TAILORED CAFE will be served.
Reservation required: Seating time limited to 75 minutes
- One order per person.
- Please choose from below:
Plate set (¥2500), Sweet set (¥1800), Kids plate (¥1000, for children in elementary school or younger)
[ B Area ]
BAR & Tele-Barista
- Former barista pilots will remotely control the "TeleBarista OriHime x NEXTAGE", and brew your coffee right in front of you. This is a seat where you can choose the blend of coffee and chocolate you like, and the drink will be brewed and served to you by the pilots.
Reservation required: Seating limited to 45 minutes
- 2,000 yen each time (tax included) *includes 2 cups of coffee and chocolate to your liking
[ C Area ]
- This is a seat for casual, everyday use where you can enjoy specialty coffee, hot sandwiches and other snacks from TAILORED CAFE, a completely cashless personalized cafe. We offer a membership program with fixed monthly subscription plan for the "COFFEE App," an ordering application exclusively for TAILORED CAFE.
Walk in available.
- For more information about the menu, please download the app from here.
PR Zone / No reservation required
- Sponsor Company PR Corner
- Oly Laboratory Product Experience Corner
There are variety of chairs in the cafe!
It's fun to choose which type of chair to sit on, and to find your own favorite.
The interior is optimized for experiments!
Large screens, cameras, and multiple power lines are located within the cafe. This is a cafe, as well as a sophisticated experimental field.
The secret about OriHime-D's eye color
Unlike its smaller version, OriHime-D can change its eye color to other color than the basic green. Pilots who work through OriHime-D can choose the eye color depending on their mood on the day, or match the color of their favorite sport team. Differing eye colors adds more expression to the pilots' personalities.
This is an area where OriHime pilots will take orders and serve you. You can enjoy our diner-only meals and drinks while chatting with pilots. Ory Yoshifuji and other engineers from the Ory Laboratory will also be active to conduct experiments. Witness the world's most advanced trial & errors on the spot!
The first and second Avatar Robot Café were both limited events, and only served drinks. In this permanent experimental version, we aimed to create an experience with delicius meal as well. We have prepared a special menu with our goal in mind, along with future plans to add more cuisines upon requests and in accordance to the season.
- There are no steps in the store.
- Our store is designed with wheelchair users in mind.
- Wheelchairs, including stretcher-type and electric wheelchairs, are allowed to enter the store.
- Assistance and helpers are included in the number of visitors.
- Power supply can be rented for charging medical equipment such as ventilators and electric wheelchairs.
- Barrier-free toilets with ostomates and assistive beds are available in the restaurant.
- Please refer to the menu page for information on meal support.
We've reached our crowdfunding goal!
Thank you very much for your support!
Total amount of support: 44,587,000 yen
Final number of supporters: 2,156
Click here for the crowdfunding site
Would you like to work at an Avatar Robot Café?
We are looking for people who are eager to search for a new way of working and connecting with society with us.
Click here to apply.
3-8-3 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023, Japan
Nihonbashi Life Science Building 3 1F
(Formerly Toho Building 1F)
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kodenmacho Station 4 min. walk
JR Sobu Line Shin-Nihonbashi Station (Exit 5)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Mitsukoshimae station 7 min. walk
JR Yamanote Line Kanda Station 10 min. walk
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
For customers who need dietary support (weaning food, dysphagia, etc.), we are lending out cooking equipment. We also offer a stretcher service and power supply for respirators. Please let us know in the remarks column when you make a reservation.
In order to prevent infection in our stores, we are taking measures based on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's guidelines for preventing the spread of infection. We are taking each customer's temperatures, and we are also providing alcohol for disinfection. We are also ventilating the interior as well as conducting daily health checks for every staffs.
Please observe the reserved areas (OriHime Diner, Bar & Tele-Barista) from the general cafe seats. Please do not enter the reserved areas.
Product Sales Corner and Sponsor Corner
In addition to the café area, there is a sales corner where you can purchase original merchandise of Avatar Robot Café, and also a sponsor's corner where you can freely enjoy the event without reservation.