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The low tables are laid out with a standard dining set — placemat, napkin, wet cloth, chopsticks. Rather normal, bar one addition: a black eye mask.

This is the setup for Kurayami Gohan, or Dinner in the Dark, a three-hour dining experience in which blindfolded participants try different dishes while attempting to communicate with one another without visual aids.

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