23 Feb '16, 9pm

Omotesando Tokyo: Requiem For A Coffee Bar

Omotesando Tokyo: Requiem For A Coffee Bar

It was nothing more than a little door, leading to a little garden, in front of a little old house in the residential suburbs of Omotesando. Seasonal flowers hung by the entrance, and the trees in the garden changed color with Tokyo’s seasons. Back then, some five years ago, you had to go looking for it. It was like treasure hunting; you had to get a little lost. This was Omotesando Koffee . Your first time was always surreal. After you ducked under the doorway and looked up at the old wooden house, you saw a single room of tatami mats, a bonsai plant, and a counter built into a wire-frame cube. “The main point was the cube-like design,” says Eiichi Kunitomo, the head barista and owner. “And in that cube, a single barista, who serves a single customer. “The concept is similar to the Japanese tea ceremony. It’s a very minimal space—there’s the person who makes the tea, the ...

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