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Read All About Eat

July 27, 2015
Blue Books Cafe
If only Bill and Scarlett had happened upon this inner-city sanctum, they might not have found Tokyo’s sprawling megalopolis quite so alienating. Obviously, if that were the case then Lost In Translation wouldn’t have been half the film it is, so thankfully they didn’t. However, happily for you, dear hearts, Blue Books Cafe is perfectly positioned for a spot of existential exploration over a coffee, sake and a damn good read.

Located down a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it staircase on a calm Jiyugaoka street, this subterranean bolthole welcomes you in and envelopes you with serene surrounds and whispers of laid-back jazz. A cafe by day and bar by night, the Blue Note Japan-owned den of tranquility boasts lofty Brooklyn-esque ceilings and exposed brick interiors, stacked high with books standing shoulder to shoulder.

Ravenous patrons are encouraged to sate their hunger – both literal and literary – by chowing down on gourmet issues of classic Nippon comfort food, including omu-rice and cabbage rolls, while getting their teeth into one of the 1,500 titles at hand.

Curated by shelf space specialist Yoshitaka Haba, every volume has been carefully placed to encourage a productive encounter between people, books and – of course, given the proprietors – music, with a Thursday night programme of DJs and live music. How’s that for hip, cats?

B/F / Eureka Bldg / 2-9-15 Jiyugaoka / Keguro-ku / 11:30 am-11:00 pm daily /