Kayon's Osaka: On the
Trail of Hidden Treasures
Oyodominami Rented House: Taiyo
1-4-18 Oyodominami, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: 15:00-21:00 (Wed., Thu., Fri.); 13:00-21:00 (Sat.,
(Last order 30 minutes before closing)
Continuing on with last month's "book" theme, I
planned a visit to Taiyo to coincide with a trip by "Michiyo," a
Tokyo contributor to the free paper flows that I started
publishing in Wakayama in March, to Osaka for a used book
sale. After making our way through an underground passage,
just beyond the tracks very near the stations in Umeda, we
found Taiyo down a narrow lane at the foot of the Umeda Sky
Building, the highrise that houses Osaka's premiere movie
theatres, Garden Cinema and Cine Libre. Taiyo is an ordinary
private residence that is called a cafe. As you would expect
of a place that was designed for artists and for people to
enjoy art, the cafe is filled with paintings and photographs.
October marked Taiyo's first anniversary. The book sale was
organized to commemorate the fact. With selections chosen
by special guests like comedians and magazine editors, there
was a variety of interesting books displayed in an attractive
There are two rooms in Taiyo. A cafe space with chairs lined
up around an antique table lies just inside the front door.
It's a great place to sit and daydream by yourself. In the
rear, there's a room with a tatami floor and a closet that
has the feel of a tearoom. It's a space where you can put
your feet up and enjoy the happy company of close friends.
On the menu, you'll find a number of different teas and a
daily special lunch - and on weekends, there's also cake!
If I was working in an office in the city, it's the kind
of place I would probably frequent. Meg, who also calls the
building home, co-manages the cafe with Mayuo, who has a
deep interest in photography and the visual arts. As it happens,
Meg is the boss (!), and along with seven of their friends,
the two of them have been putting out the free paper, Sora
Tobu Pan (Sky-Flying Bread) since February 2001.