Too many cafes in town? Never. Just keep ‘em coming, and I’ll keep coming.
I’ve written before about Kumi Hirano and her plans to open a cafe, and now along with her husband, she’s forged the dream (if you’ll pardon the mixed metal, mortar and mortise) into stone, beam and plaster.
Named after the legendary composer of Great American Songbook fame, Gershwin opened just a month ago in a quiet, secluded corner of Onada-cho in Tajimi. It’s since been gaining a word-of-mouth reputation as a go-to choice for a leisurely break and chat with friends.
Summertime, and the Livin’ is Easy
The emphasis is on simplicity, from the uncluttered architecture and furnishings to the menu of lovingly brewed coffee, tea and light sandwiches and sweets. There’s also a “morning service,” as is a local custom: breakfast for the price of coffee. If no one is using it, grab the table on the patio deck. They say it’s the best seat in the house, nicely shaded in summer by a thick bamboo grove across the way.
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Though Kumi is happily and permanently retired from singing, there will be occasional live performances by local artists in addition to the fascinatin’ rhythm of choices from her extensive collection of jazz recordings day to day. That’s a piano toward the back in the top picture.
Get to Gershwin by taking route 381 (the Autobacks/Jazz Inn Papa’s/Akariya road) past the post office and (non-flashing) traffic light, and turning left at the bakery that’s on the left. Then take the first right just past the bakery, and the cafe will be immediately on the left. Hours are from 9 to 6, with Sundays and the first & third Mondays off.
While a lot of folks spend their days toiling to realize their hopes with precious little or no success, Kumi has made not one, but two life dreams come true – being a full-time professional jazz singer, and building from the ground up and running her own cafe, which also happens to be her new home. Oh, and how can I forget dream number
nine three: becoming a mom. Let us know where you found that magic lamp, Kumi. Congratulations and best of luck to the Hiranos on their new venture.