“GINZA×CSR” Vol. 27 will introduce “cafe 634 (café musashi),” a cozy cafe located in an alley of Higashi-ginza that serves lunch until 5:30 pm. Every day, repeat customers come to purchase their specialty coffee and daily lunch special made from organic vegetables produced in Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture. Curious about the thoughts behind the café, we interviewed Mr. Kentaro Kodama, the owner.
The multi-tenant building that used to house a printing factory continuing from the Taisho period was renovated in 2013.
A spacious and comfortable room spreads under a high ceiling.
A heartfelt message is hand-written on the wall to the right of the entrance.
The daily lunch special is a combination of a main dish and side dish of your choice.
Homemade bagels are also available instead of rice. Repeat customers come several times a week.
This year, cafe 634 visited Oslo, Norway for employee training.
“The hospitality and atmosphere of each store, the distance between customers and stores…
I saw that our employees were inspired by the same values.
Tomonori Nambu exhibition “Re:CREATION”
Cafe 634 also produces many exhibitions with social themes, including some in support of educational aid in Laos.
Kentaro KodamaBorn in 1977 in Yokohama. After graduating from university, Kodama worked as a junior high school social studies teacher before he took over the family printing business in Higashi-ginza. He renovated the printing factory in 2004 to open cafe 634, an oasis that serves healthy lunches until late in the afternoon. The name “634,” pronounced “musashi” comes from “Musashimaru,” the nickname he was called by during high school because he resembled the sumo wrestler of the same name. In 2015, he opened PERCH COFFEE in Omori, where he currently lives.
Makiko Imaialterna http://www.alterna.co.jp Having worked for several foreign IT firms, Imai shifted the target of her work to environmental and social issues after participating in the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity as an NGO member. She currently conducts interviews, edits and writes articles, develops educational programs and offers interactive counselling sessions.
Written by: Makiko Imai / Planned and edited by: alterna