Tokyo’s ‘manga’ cafes serve a restless generation

Whether they be 200-year-old teahouses or modern-day coffee shops, “kissaten” (traditional cafes) hold a special place in Japan’s national psyche. The latest incarnation of this noble trend, “manga kissa,” play host to a round-the-clock procession of no-nonsense businessmen, bashful teenage couples, students and parents who can leave the kids at the on-site nursery and indulge in a quick fix of manga and mocha or even some sleep.

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