Anyone who takes a first-time look at the picture above would have most probably guessed it to be the set for some Gothic or Victorian-themed movie and/or RPG fantasy game… well, they couldn’t have been further from the actual fact – that the building pictured is really the outer (nondescript) facade of a… cafe!
Known as “Chamber of Raven”, this cafe exist within the Amanuma district in Tokyo’s Suginami-ward. Its owner is one Hidemi Matsuzuka – who was an ex-employee of major game production/distribution company Square Enix, before he left his demanding job as Business Development and Merchandising Division Manager to fulfill a childhood dream of running his own cafe – and hence became the “Master” of Chamber of Raven!
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The cafe has stirred up a miniature buzz over social media recently after Matsuzuka posted up several pictures of its interior settings on the establishment’s official twitter account. Many comments and subsequent retweets and shares of the original posts proclaim surprise and disbelief that the pictures actually feature the interior settings of a food-and-beverage establishment, rather than what many initially think of as a Gothic/Victorian-themed movie or fantasy game setting. Let’s take a look and see why!
First steps beyond the thresholds of the entrance… visitors arrive at the ‘Explorer’s Lounge‘
… before venturing further to the ‘Stairs Hall‘…
Take a peep at the luxuriant ‘Crimson Bar‘ nestled within…
…before arriving at the ‘Divine Salon’
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Venturing further, visitors will come upon the ‘Philosopher’s Room’
Let’s not forget the ‘Enchanted Banquet Room‘ where the elegant French-Rococo-style decor and furnishings dominate
…nowhere is spared any expenses – even the restrooms
And that concludes the photographic grand tour of the interiors of the cafe “Chamber of Raven”.
Interested parties may explore further via the establishment official website where details like the cafe’s operation hours and the menu are listed. Owner/Master Matsuzuka has even very kindly included the address, how to get there (i.e. which JR stations to get off at, etc.); and an area access map to his “humble establishment” – and as befitting the gothic Victorian theme, even the map was presented like an ol’World treasure-hunt map!
Source – Nijimen