Cafe Hopping : Mu

The second cafe we visited is located in Saijo-cho in Higashi Hiroshima.It’s called “mu” 無which means “nothing” in Japanese. It was kind of forest-like around there. The first thing I noticed when I got out of the car was an enchanting tree house. Somebody could actually live in it!

This shop was built by hand by the glass artist , Kuwada Masaki, who creates amazing things of all sorts in his studio across the garden. He came out to greet us when we arrived and graciously left his work to show us around.

From the moment you enter the shop, there are so many beautiful and unusual things to see. Going inside we found a loft with a table and chairs overlooking a small stage where live concerts are sometimes held. Of course, I had to climb up there to see what it felt like! It affords quite a nice view of the stage!

Kuwada san creates stained glass for folding screens, doors and framed art as well as tiffany-style lamps, accessories and all kinds of unique objects. Not only glass but he makes wood-burning stoves from iron.  Apparently it gets quite cold out there as his pet pig died of frostbite 2 years ago.

His wife, Kazuko Kuwada runs a cafe there.  We had cake and coffee served in antique soba choko.She is interested in collectible glass and antique dishes. The cafe counter is inlaid with stained glass. We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon chatting with her.

Finally we stopped by to see his studio. He was making pendants from coral and glass! He finds all kinds of things to incorporate into his very unique creations. This one is called Shinkai no Ban-nin,or “Guardian of the Deep.”

This is one place I want to take my daughter who is an artist the next time she comes to Japan. We walked through the terraces and overgrown flowering bushes back to our car. It was a thoroughly satisfying afternoon and I came away feeling relaxed and also stimulated.

For information or directions on how to get there,    or call 082-426-1655.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Private Guided Tours In Israel
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 22:01:17

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    • leahmama1
      Jul 13, 2013 @ 23:01:08

      Oh,..gosh!It’s not that Original! But thanks so much. There are lots of interesting things around us. It’s just fun to go see them and meet local people!! What an opportunity we shouldn’t miss!!


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