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Looking for a cafe near Sora House, where I was staying, I found this gem of a cafe next to a river in Kumoji. Waking up early in the morning, it wasn’t easy to find places that were open before 11, there were a few splendid cafe that did, like Tasokare Coffee.

The moment you enter the shop, you can tell the owner is clearly a jazz fan. With soft jazz playing in the background and Blue Note posters on the wall, you can easily lose sense of time. Aged furniture creates a rustic yet warm feel, making it difficult to move from your chair. With his fedora and very barista-looking club-collared white shirt, the owner clearly has his own style, probably influenced by the Kinfolk magazines lined along the wall.



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Coffee, served in different earthenware probably gotten from the nearby Tsuboya Pottery District, is delicate and bitter, just the way I like it. Just a little over opening time, the cafe was soon full with those looking for their caffeine fix and bread-based breakfast food.

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If you are looking for a place to get out of the scorching Okinawa heat, Tasokare is air-conditioned (with a redundant slow rotating ceiling fan for added effect) and has WIFI to let you plan the rest of your trip or simply to contemplate about life in Naha.

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