月光茶房 "Gekko Sabou" - CLOSED April 2021

Jingumae, 3 Chome−5−2
Jingūmae 3 Chome 5-2 Shibuya-ku Tōkyō-to JP

Gekko Sabou (月光茶房 “moon-light-tea-chamber”, a wonderful name) is not a jazz cafe/bar in the traditional sense, advertising itself as featuring “jazz, free music, improvised music, tribal & trad music, voice and singing”.

It is a small place with only ten seats at a long counter. It has been through several changes in design and outlook since it opened and now functions as a coffee and tea specialty cafe. The menu for both is extensive, but you have to read Japanese.

The room is sleek, modern and dark with a really nice collection of tea and coffee sets above the bar, and framed record sleeves all along the back wall. Owner Harada-san and a regular customer were in the process of changing the albums when I was there, with the new batch consisting entirely of French records. I didn’t catch the name of what was playing at the time but it was some really minimal, improvised electronic music which fit the atmosphere perfectly. Gekkou Sabou is a beautiful, contemporary update on the classic jazz kissaten, a quiet place, good for either an afternoon tea or a beer at night.

Size
1-10
Food
Yes
Directions

Station: Omotesando – Hanzomon/Ginza Lines

Exit: A2

Distance from station: 6-9

Date published
02/17/2009 Updated May 2021
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