Escaping Tokyo — vol.1 — Umezono-Sabō in Kyoto

A few months ago I went to Kyoto. It must have been the beginning of autumn and the weather was perfect.   I was walking without a precise destination when I came across this small place. A sign, placed on the floor, said うめぞの茶房 (Umezono-Sabō), which translates to "Umezono Teahouse." The interior was bare, but … Continue reading Escaping Tokyo — vol.1 — Umezono-Sabō in Kyoto

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A Glimpse on Traditional Japan in Ogikubo

Have you ever heard about the Japanese 古民家カフェ (kominka-kafe) or "old private house cafes"? They are cafes made inside old houses. The atmosphere is usually cozy and relaxed. They are made to rest and to drift away from everyday frantic rhythms. Many of these cafes are hidden and it’s not easy to find them. I … Continue reading A Glimpse on Traditional Japan in Ogikubo