ROKUJIGEN 'SIX DIMENSIONS' - HARUKI MURAKAMI CAFE

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Rokujigen, which translates from the Japanese to 'six dimensions', is also known as the unofficial Haruki Murakami Cafe. I am a huge fan of Murakami, so a visit to this cafe was high on my list of 'to-dos' in Tokyo.

As the cafe is a little further out of central Tokyo, I decided to make a day of it and double up the excursion with a trip to an onsen. After quite a bit of getting lost around Ogikubu and with the help of a friendly shop assistant, I finally found Nagomino-yu. I spent a blissful couple of hours relaxing in the natural hot springs and the various treatment rooms.

According to my research, the onsen and the Haruki Murakami Cafe were very close together. I knew I had to look carefully as the cafe is quite hidden. My main clue would be to find the six dimensions shrine, apparently just opposite the cafe.

The 'six dimensions' shrine

Up the stairs I went, only to find that the cafe was closed! However, it turned out that owner Kunio Nakamura was inside and happily let me in to have a look around. It turned out to be well worth the journey, the lovely Kunio made me a giant iced coffee and we sat at one of the lovely wooden tables for over an hour, discussing Murakami, of course! I learnt a lot about the background of the cafe and its connection with Murakami. I would love to join one of the monthly book club meetings they have, Kunio told me that everything is themed according to the book they have read that month, from the food to the music played. They are however held in Japanese, so there may be some difficultly for me there..

I really couldn't have had a better last day in Tokyo, I left Ogikubu inspired and totally besotted with Japan and its culture.

Inside Rokujigen - Haruki Murakami Café

Address: 2F, 1-10-3 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043 email:rokujigen_ogikubo@yahoo.co.jp