Kissaten ‘Machiaishitsu’ @Asakusa * 喫茶店 「待合室」@浅草

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Let me write about my ultimate love for exploring historical/classical cafe in Japan. They are called kissaten (喫茶店) in Japanese. It literally translated into the cafe, but it is actually more than just a cafe. There, you can experience a unique atmosphere!

私が愛してやまないもののひとつに、「喫茶店」があります!カフェではなくて、喫茶店。もっと言えば、「純喫茶」が好きです。常連さんや、店主の醸し出す、独特の雰囲気に魅せられます。

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Most of the Japanese, especially the young people tend to overlook their existence labelling them as old-fashioned. While there are many Western cafes around, and people rather prefer Western styles, the numbers of those old ones are decreasing year by year.

古臭い、といって見捨てられがちな喫茶店。年々、数も減っていってしまっているとか。

Today’s Kissaten ‘Machiaishitsu‘ is located in Asakusa, Tokyo. Surrounded by the locals, tasting the siphon coffee (very rare nowadays), along with the heart felt service (warm communication with the owner and hot wet towel!!!) make you feel the old Japan atmosphere.

「待合室」のコーヒーはサイフォン式。こだわり抜かれたコーヒーの味。おしぼりやちょっとした暖かい心遣いは、メジャーチェーンにはないステキさがあります。

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