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Cafe Kitsune Ramps Up Offerings in Tokyo

When it opened, the “cafe” was mostly a clothing shop with a coffee counter, but now, due to popular demand, it is finally starting to live up to its name.

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EXPANDING VIEW: Designers Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaec are ramping up their Cafe Kitsune in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood. When it opened a year and a half ago, the “cafe” was mostly a clothing shop with a coffee counter, but now, due to popular demand, it is finally starting to live up to its name. Racks of t-shirts have been replaced by low, individual wooden tables and stools, as well as a high standing table. In addition to the usual coffee offering, the cafe will now begin selling juices, teas and homemade sandwiches for lunch. And from October 1, two exclusive Japanese confections, or “wagashi,” made by legendary sweets company Toraya will be available for 450 yen, or $4.33, each. Toraya dates back to the 16th century, and Kuroki said he was inspired to approach the company because he admired its “taste and style, the history, everything.”

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