almost my favourite cafe in kyoto. coffee shop ミュー
モーニングサービス 450 yen (morning set meal) with choice of butter toast, cheese toast, egg toast, coffee or tea. lovely. the last photo is the bill, written on a found piece of scrap yellow paper. the owner was always a bit surprised when i turned up for breakfast, i think it is largely a regulars place. my breakfast companion had an impromptu theory about this kind of 'filth cafe'; that the layers of dirt and grime, grease on the ceiling, and piles of dog-eared manga and books are cultivated, like a garden, purposefully creating, celebrating and maintaining a kind of filth aesthetic. for me, i kind of hope this place has grown naturally; it has a pure, unpretentious charm that drew me to it when i first rode by and kept me coming back. a history of time spent, tea drunk, meals cooked, books read, re-read, posters of places visited and dreamt of - life is slowly building its layers here. a place i think you could posit would exist nowhere but in japan, cultivated or un-cultivated is open for discussion.