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Japanese ramen shop bans YouTubers

By Scott Wilson, SoraNews24

Japan has a complex relationship with YouTubers. On the one hand, it’s constantly among the top of professions that children aspire to be. But on the other hand, people hate them.

Especially in a country where people value being able to ride in silence even on trains, having a nice moment interrupted by someone filming themselves to post on the Internet is seen as particularly selfish and annoying.

Which is why one popular Kyoto ramen shop, Ginjo Ramen Kubota, has decided to put a stop to it in the most blunt way possible:

▼ In the interest of customers being able to eat in peace, YouTubers have been banned. (Translation below)


“Concerning YouTubers Coming to Our Shop

A Notice:

Recently, people have come to our shop saying, “I’m a YouTuber. I’m going to take some videos.” But from here on, we are banning them from coming to our shop.

To put it bluntly, it’s kind of gross and uncomfortable to come in during business hours and just start taking videos, and it it bothers the other customers too. We will not allow them in from now on.” 

Well it doesn’t get more straightforward than that!

The shop doesn’t go into more detail than that tweet, but based on the clear-cut wording we’d have to imagine that they were pushed to the edge by several incidents. Due to the fact that they’re a well-known ramen shop in Kyoto, this could be something they had to deal with nearly daily.

Also, while they’re specifically calling out YouTubers here, it’s probably safe to assume that the ban applies to livestreaming to Twitch and other platforms too.

Overall, most other netizens seemed to agree with their take on banning YouTubers:

▼ “A YouTuber came when I was eating. They didn’t shut up and I was anxious that I might be filmed. It used to be a place I could enjoy my food in peace.”


▼ “As an adult they should know to get permission in advance. Way too many of them mistakenly think that exposure on their channel makes it okay.”


▼ “Your no-nonsense stance on this is praiseworthy.”


Many others agreed that the shop’s policy was not only great, but the way they put it out there was equally good:

“LOL at how straight you’re telling it. Other customers hate them, so lock them out!”

“I feel like this might entice them to create ‘I Went to the Anti-YouTuber Ramen Shop’ videos.”

“Be sure to set up an exorbitantly high filming fee for any of them that do film without permission.”

“If you’re not at the YouTuber level of Hikakin, then you’re a waste of time for these shops.”

“Well, I know what ramen shop I want to go to.”

“I can’t believe they just say ‘I’m going to take some videos’ instead of ‘May I take some videos?'”

“I don’t want to be in anyone’s YouTube video. I applaud what you’re doing here!”

“Feels like a lot of the YouTubers don’t understand that the TV shows where someone just barges into a restaurant are actually planned in advance.”

While there were a few voices saying that the policy is unfortunate for the decent YouTubers who do ask for permission in advance, they understand where the shop is coming from.

Although as others pointed out, the shop should probably prepare for an onslaught of people who are going to want to make prank video content by “accidentally” leaving their phones recording inside or something.

Maybe the shop can add a new item to the menu: “Leftover YouTuber Smartphone Ramen.”

Source: Twitter/@ramenkubotagumi via Hachima Kiko

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I remember one time, a chinese guy was sitting beside me in a restaurant, and was talking via webcam with his wife or girlfriend with full sound volume and always moved the camera everywhere.

For 30 minutes!

That was damned annoying!

He didn't even used a headphone.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

a good move from the shop.

Many just think they can do anything because they p!ace a clip on. YouTube.

Also they are noisy and do not consider other people.

But not only YouTubers but everyone who are using mobiles loudly.

I go to shops to eat and enjoy by.myself, so just enjoy. I do not need a youtuber who thinks they know everything.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

In the old days, we used to write a letter about a ramen shop as we ate there, then mail it to several people. Ahhh, the good old days.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I'm really surprised at the brazenness of many of these Youtubers and TikTokers who feel they can just record anywhere /anytime. I've seen lots of shops with no photography signs, but these people don't seem to care!

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Ramen is not something, I ever cooked successful, but somebody made a cheese and ramen dish Google Cheese and Ramen

-13 ( +0 / -13 )

They should all prohibit everywhere except for those with permissions received in advance.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Obnoxious, they are.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Nothing worst than being bothered by people only interested to show off about themselves, they are not looking for anything else than their own vanity, selfishness. They can enter, eat and after this can humbly ask if they can make a short photo or video, causing no major disturbance. Fed up of noisy YouTubers

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Good for them! A few years back I once nearly beat the crap out of a loud, obnoxious American YouTuber who was harrassing people and playing 'pranks' in and around the old Tsukiji fish market.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I've noticed a big increase in glamping Instatubers this year. They rock up at a place (usually by a lake), spend an hour carefully creating an idyllic scene using far too much top-spec glamping kit. They then take a shedload of pictures that makes it look like they have been there all day. They then bugger off to the next spot, having barely enjoyed the scene at all.

I suppose they do no harm, but they are weird & annoy me so I try to ruin their pics whenever I can with my camera tripod.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Most so called 'Influencer' YouTubers and Instagramers are just ultra annoying self centered narcissists. Horrible people. I have no idea why anyone would want to aspire to become one... Don't do it.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Good move! And while you're at it, ban the "talento" and other clowns who eat the huge portions on TV. Just pointless.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I love watching videos of people covering funny restaurants. That said, they have the right to deny anyone from making ruckus in their store. Maybe try getting their permission ahead of time and filming before they usually open.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If only more establishments would do this. Selfie sticks should be banned too.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Bravo! Great move. Nothing more annoying than the narcissistic weebs disturbing the sactity

1 ( +1 / -0 )

*...sanctity of me and my noodles.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It’s a bit of a sensationalist headline - I’m sure that YouTubers are allowed in the shop - as long as they’re using the shop to make their vids. It’s not the people that are banned, it’s the action. Though to be fair the Japanese does ask YouTubers not to come, but iI’d argue that being a YouTuber is a persona and therefore the person could come and leave the persona outside.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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