Jaunted in Japan: Common Cafe in Osaka
Jaunted editor Davie Kaufmann is currently touring Japan. All this week, we'll be running stories from her Jaunted Field Trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Have something you absolutely need to know about Japan? Just ask.
Here's another Nakazakicho pick for you. Common Cafe is a collective space where young, creative types come to take over for one time slot each, every week. Every day and night, different curators are in charge: one afternoon might see someone transforming the space into a Parisian-style patisserie with homemade sweets, while someone else will take over that night and put on an indie music show.
Some curators run separate businesses, while others come here for their only opportunity at running such an operation; the dream of owning a cafe or live space is popular among young Osakans, but many of them find it hard to realize or maintain due to financial constraints. Money made from nighttime cover charges goes back towards keeping the cafe running, while those who sell their food during the day are free to take home the profits.
Just hours ago, for example, I ate this delish vegan meal at Cafe Millet, which is what the Common Cafe becomes every Wednesday afternoon. Some sort of grain and root vegetable porridge, sea vegetables, fried something, and super-sweet melon. I only knew what about 75% of it was, but it was 100% good anyway. All for ¥800, or $6.75! This was one of two meal options on the menu today.
You can see some more pictures of the inside over at Jaunted's Flickr pool--there's a big book shelf, music, and enough space to stretch out in. It's easy to linger here.
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