One-plate lunch café in Taniyama, Kagoshima, offers a relaxing space
It has been almost three months since Olivier Odorant, a café specializing in one-plate lunches, opened in Taniyama, Kagoshima City. Kyoko Marui opened the café last November. She used to be a customer of Patrie, a café with zakka and vintage items which was located at the same address. Marui had worked at a restaurant and used to mention to the owner of Patrie that she would like to open a café someday. When Patri decided to relocate to Ijuin, the owner suggested that she try it there, which led her to open the business. The name means “Kinmokusei (Osmanthus fragrans)” in French. The café’s floor space is approximately 35 square meters. Using white as the base color, Marui created a “relaxing space” by bringing out the wood grain and placing ornamental plants throughout the café. It has round and long tables and can accommodate 11 people. Although some furniture was inherited from Patri, Marui, who says she is skilled at DIY, painted the desks, reupholstered the seats, and installed new curtains. The only meal on the menu is Today’s Special (1,000 yen), a one-plate lunch that changes daily. Additional choices include a drink (400 yen), dessert (small 300 yen, large 500 yen), or dessert set (800 yen). Consisting of a main dish and vegetable sides, each plate includes at least seven different food items, such as meat, marinated vegetables, salad, and others, and is served with bread or rice. “I incorporate vegetables such as kale and beets, which are not so common in Japan,” says Marui. Coffee, tea, café au lait, and other beverages (500 yen each) are also available. Marui added, “Come and relax as if you were at home.” Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. At present, Olivier Odorant is open three to four days a week, and its opening days are announced on Instagram.
Exhibition & sale of Disney art held at Yamakataya in Kagoshima, including originals from 50s
On January 25, “Dreams and Magic Animation Art Exhibition (Japanese title: 夢と魔法のアニメーションアート展),” an exhibition and sale of Disney art, began at STAGE 101 on the first floor of Yamakataya 1, a department store in Kinseicho, Kagoshima City. The stationery store “What” on the fifth floor of Yamakataya 2 organized the event. Scenic works and prints by Disney-approved artists are on display and for sale. The artists have created artworks that are “more magical and vivid” based on the world of Disney with their imagination. Original drawings from the 1950s, which were hand-drawn one by one using animation techniques, and works that were reprinted 20 to 30 years ago at Walt Disney Studios in the U.S. are also on display. “Since all Disney films are now produced digitally, these animation originals and reprints are no longer made,” said the person in charge of the exhibition. Prices range from 200,000 to 3,000,000 yen for originals and from 100,000 to 1,300,000 yen for prints. The exhibition takes place four times a year at the department store. Since the pandemic started, “demand for artwork that soothes the soul has increased, hence the increased frequency of the exhibition,” they said. The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (closing at 4:00 p.m. on the last day) and will run until the 31st of this month.
Bakery & black vinegar store PANTOSU opens in Kagoshima, photo spot available
It has been one month since PANTOSU, a bakery and black vinegar store, opened in Ishiki, Kagoshima City. Fukuyama Kurozu, a company specializing in black vinegar in Kirishima City, runs the store, which opened on December 18 next to the company’s Ishiki headquarters. The store name is a Japanese reading of “bread and vinegar.” It is takeout only and carries the company’s fruit black vinegar, black vinegar dressing, and other products in addition to bread. The store uses black vinegar in the bread dough, ingredients for its stuffed savory buns, and whipped cream. Akane Fukumoto, in charge of menu planning and production, says, “Kneading black vinegar into the dough makes the bread fluffy and chewy.” Fukumoto is the former chef of the company’s Kurozu Restaurant and is particular about low-sugar, whole grain, and other ingredients. Bakery items include non-fried curry buns made with curry from the Kurozu Restaurant, French toast made to order, and sweet dessert buns made with fruits grown on the company’s farm. Also available is Yudane bread (from 660 yen per loaf), made using the water roux method by adding boiling water to a portion of the dough and then letting it rest overnight. The store also features burgers. The lineup includes 3B Burger (550 yen), sandwiching Black Wagyu beef in black vinegar sauce; Fish Tartar (390 yen), fried Kirishima salmon topped with black vinegar tartar sauce; and Sweet-and-Sour Pork Burger, newly released this month. The interior is decorated with dried flowers throughout, and there is also a photo spot created with a ceiling full of dried flowers and a stand. Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. There are five parking spaces.
Stained glass artist Chihiro Tanaka’s solo exhibition ‘We are the Stars of the Universe’ held in Kagoshima
Marginal Gallery on the seventh floor of Maruya Gardens is currently holding “We are Stars of the Universe (Japanese title: 私たちは宇宙の星),” a solo exhibition by Chihiro Tanaka, a stained glass artist in Kagoshima City. In addition to crafts such as lamps and accessories, Tanaka has been expanding her work to include stained glass as a contemporary art form. The exhibition features approximately 100 pieces, including framed stained glass artworks, hanging lamps, and ornamental hangings. Tanaka says she has been experimenting recently to “introduce art that brings a sense of togetherness among a large number of people.” In a previous show at the Kirishima Open Air Museum, she covered the entire lawn of the outdoor space with “lucky clovers” made of stained glass. For the current exhibition, Tanaka also utilized the entire exhibition area under the concept of “Stars of the Universe.” Twelve framed artworks were displayed in one place, spreading from the bottom to the top. She also placed her lucky clovers on the floor. Tanaka said, “Glass shines brightly because of refraction and reflection when light passes through it, so rather than displaying each piece individually, I composed the exhibit to make it more visually pleasing to viewers as a whole. I hope visitors will enjoy an extraordinary experience.” The exhibition is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until February 5.