An Unexpected Farewell

I’ve just heard that one of my favorite coffee shops in Tokyo is now closed for good and I’m just so heart broken.


The first time Chris and I visited Kina we couldn’t believe that a place like this existed in the middle of Roppongi — a town where we usually wouldn’t know what to do. It was a huge old coffee shop filled with lots of art and custom made interiors. Every corner of the floor carried a different charm and gave an insight to the owner’s strong aesthetic. The salon would have certainly been a very popular hang out in the 70’s & 80’s and remained in good taste. It was also very sweet to find a white candle on each table with a little sign reading “Please light the candle if you need any help”. We never had a chance to light our candles because the charming old waiters would always notice our needs.


My favorite seat was just underneath this huge bouquet of lights.

One of our fondest times was when we were seated next to a man who we believe was a manager at one of the many nearby gentleman’s clubs. Over a few hours he met with several hostesses in long sparkling silky dresses from his club to investigate their inhouse trouble. Despite his heavy look and 90’s style big shouldered suit we were surprised by his decent gentle manner. It was so fitting and perfect that he too was in Kina.

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