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Tokyo Coffee: A Journey in Time

Café Tokio Norte is a little gem lost in the Santafesino microcenter. You enter and cross a portal into another dimension. Billiards, history. Nostalgia and coffee.


Café Tokio Norte is located in Rivadavia at 2900, in one of the most moving areas of the city of Santa Fe. In front are Plaza España and the Civil Registry. Next door, a popular high school. The avenue, at that height, has a green wave covered by hundreds of vehicles per minute. Any bar, in that context, would be a scream. A crowd. However, just by walking through the Tokyo Gate, you travel to another era. You immerse yourself in a serene world, with the smell of coffee and a nostalgic air of other times.

The Tokyoopened its doors in May 1915. Holds up with European aesthetics and a few parishioners always faithful. They don't go anymore. billiard players, as in other times, and their schedules somewhat private (its owner closes at 19 hours) make it a haven visited only by connoisseurs.

Tables made of wood that no longer exists today, spoons of alpaca, bronze teapots of different sizes side by side, as collectible. Antique green porcelain mugs and table fans, two for each column. And the most striking: five pool tables, covered with a cloth to prevent them from being damaged. Only one is always enabled in case anyone wants to play. It is not a bar chosen by youth, but, in it, men who today are more than 80 years old and have been attending 60 for play pool or dominoes.

Japanese heritage

The founders of Tokyo were two Japanese: Kaijara and Kamachi, who later sold it to the Hirai brothers. Years later, relatives who were employees of those brothers decided to acquire it. Today there is only Amelia, who has been the only owner, administrator, wench and cashier of the Café several years ago. Friendly, cordial, serene and very helpful are some of the features that stand out at the naked eye of this 80 year old woman.

Amelia Higa has no children. Their nephews have their lives formed, with other occupations. Today he does everything on his own: from accounts to shopping, cleaning and maintenance of the place. So, the day she can't tie

Publication Date: 11/06/2020

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