A coffee shop outside Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan...

Tokyo: A coffee shop (kissaten) just outside Tsukiji freshly grinds their coffee beans.

 

Coffee appeared in many forms on my visit to Japan. There was of course the ubiquitous canned coffee (kan kohi / 缶コーヒー) from the famous vending machines just about everywhere, even on the top of mountain in a town populated by monks and monasteries.

 

Walking through the pathways of the Black Gate Market (Kuromon Ichiba / 黒門市場) in Osaka there was a shop dedicated to bulk coffee beans from all over the world, displayed in wooden barrels. In a nearby cafe, a line of vacuum coffee makers brewed high end blends, while at a small eatery next to the train station in Takayama you could get a cup that would be at home in any American diner.

 

Though the one I remember the most is this little coffee shop (kissaten / 喫茶店) off the sidewalk outside Tsukiji Fish Market (above), with its grinder for fresh beans, cream and sugar on the bar and the smiling woman holding her coffee cup - waiting for the first customers to arrive.

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