【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #2 “Nanatsumori”—An Attractive Cafe in Kōenji

26.July.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

“A coffee lounge where you can step back in time and spend it in luxury.”

 

Showa, retro-style coffee shops that are comfortable and echo a sense of nostalgia. I, Ema Tanioka, love going to these kinds of cafés. I hope to make you want to visit a place like this, the kind of place where you want to meet with someone.

 

For today’s stroll, I went to Kōenji, a conveniently accessible location from the city just one stop from Shinjuku on the Chūō Line. When you think of Kōenji, you think of its plentiful second hand clothes shops and shops selling miscellaneous goods, among others, all with their individual traits. It’s the kind of town where you’re sure to discover something new each time you visit.

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This time around, I went to “Nanatsumori,” a café that has a retro look to it from the outside. It was built in Showa 53 (the year 1978). I heard that the building was originally used as a tea house.

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At the front of the café is an old-fashioned shaved ice machine. I couldn’t help turning it.

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Upon entering, you can see the interior of the café has weathered. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa era, like you’ve just stepped back in time. No matter where you take a photograph in the café it will look beautiful.

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There were lots of mysterious ornaments inside; I couldn’t help but reach my hands out to touch everything♪

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But, in the end, I didn’t know what any of the things I’m holding in the photos were. How on earth do you use this stuff…?!

 

While pondering that, just simply gazing around the interior of the café filled me with a feeling of excitement.

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