The proprietors of these establishments clearly want to avoid an influx of guidebook groupies who rely on a snobby rating system to judge food quality, while disrupting the dining experience of regular patrons. With squeals of "oishiiiii" and the inevitable camera phones recording every second of their one time visit, local customers will be driven away, and yet another community will be irreversibly damaged by the crass commercialism of globalization. These restauranteurs understand that once the coveted Michelin star(s) is bestowed to another establishment in subsequent guides, these tourists will have moved on to terrorize another neighborhood eatery. These Kyoto restaurant owners should be commended for their integrity and foresight.
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