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Is this seat taken?

Last Sunday, I went to Daikanyama to check a new development project – Daikanyama T site. It turned out to be a big architectural compound with Tsutaya and Starbucks cafe in its heart. There are many similar Tsutaya/Starbucks marriages like this throughout the city, the most famous being in Q-front, Shibuya and the latest one in Think tower, Oosaki. Now, Daikanyama has it’s own hub for coffee & books lovers. The bookstore is huge and is separated into several buildings. Now there is a whole shop dedicated to just photography and design – I can stay there all day! Cafe is big too with a terrace and tables outside. The only downside to it and every other open cafe in Tokyo is that it is overly populated. The crowds in Tokyo kill every dream of leisurely sitting outside, sipping your coffee and reading a book. If you are lucky to get a table, there is always someone breathing down your neck…

If Japanese folks like open cafes so much why not make more of them? But then again, the price of land is so expensive, not everyone can do it… You know how in Europe restaurants and cafes just put their tables and chairs outside on the pedestrian public road? Well, that unfortunately won’t work in Japan where every inch of everything is regulated by gazillion of different rules and restrictions…

Oh, yesterday someone told me that there is a new Starbucks in Kamakura with a terrace and a pool and that it is so popular, people are actually lining up to get a seat there… Madness…

This is why, when I go to Bali or Singapore and see a Starbucks with an open terrace and tons of empty chairs facing a lily pond or Marina bay, my jaw drops and I take pictures of this phenomena. A prime spot where you can sit, drink your coffee and enjoy the best view on the city and noone is taking it??? ^-^

By the way, from new year I am starting to post bigger pictures. My old theme allowed me to post only 420px wide pictures but ever since I changed the theme, the pictures can now be 610px wide, yay!

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  1. I went there a week or two ago and it was really lovely. It was during a weekday when most people didn’t have off, though, so I imagine the crowds weren’t so bad. Has it become really overrun? That’s a shame – even just shopping in Tsutaya wouldn’t be as nice if I had to navigate around too many people.

    January 18, 2012
    • It was crowded on Sunday and yes, a crowded bookstore is a nightmare.. I’m gonna check it again at a different time. Maybe early mornings are nice. ^-^

      January 18, 2012
  2. “Now there is a whole shop dedicated to just photography and design” – scary…I’d have to leave my wallet at home for sure.

    Bigger pictures are ALWAYS a good thing – your blog makes me nostalgic for Tokyo – crowds and all…!

    January 19, 2012
  3. Another starbucks lover. *Cheers*
    Yes, the Starbucks in Bali is awesome. but missing the ones in Japan!
    MUST try Green Tea Latte

    January 22, 2012
  4. The Starbucks in Kamakura is nice but the one in Yokosuka is even more lovely. It has two floors, windows floor to ceiling, 2 outdoor patios, and overlooks the bay. It is locate adjacent to the Daiei Shopper’s Plaza. ^-^

    February 26, 2012
    • Cool! Thanks for sharing! I’ll make sure to go there next time I am in Yokosuka!!

      February 26, 2012

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