The place is somehow hidden in plain sight, on a quiet street of the otherwise rather busy Omotesando neighbourhood. We even passed it a few times before realizing it was it. From the outside, it simply looks too intimate to be public, or simply to be open. It’s a tiny wooden house with a square room and a square counter at its center, and behind it there’s a man, Eiichi Kunitomo, making the greatest coffee. Entering the space is like setting foot in an enclave: the spellbinding smell, the chiaroscuro, the sense of privacy and the generous smile of Kunimotosan.
I should of course tell you about all the marvelous, soulful details, but the experience went beyond that for us. This lasted only a few minutes, but it turned out to be a lesson on dedicating yourself to your passion in a pure and very personal way, and getting fulfilled by your art. We were so inspired by that man, the warm energy coming off him…I’m dreaming of sitting again on that small bench in this miniature courtyard and enjoy that coffee again.
Omotesando Koffee, 4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, open daily 10am-7pm
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