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ecoma coffee

Soka City, Saitama Prefecture — Known as a commuter town since the post-war Japanese economic miracle, several shopping districts have flourished in this city, including the Soka Station environs. As the years went by, however, the city’s population declined and the number of vacant houses and shops increased. Once called a “bedroom suburb,” Soka City was concerned about the situation and launched the “Soka Renovation Town Development Initiative” in 2016. The “Renovation School” is one of the pillars of this project, aimed at creating a new industry and revitalize the city by using idle and underutilized real estate. Junpei Abe, originally from Tokyo, participated in this school and opened ecoma coffee in 2018, as if he had been groomed to do so. Moving to a place to which he had no connection, Abe has been nurturing his shop while going through his own personal changes. What is he thinking and looking ahead to, now in a place where he did not expect to come and run a shop? Turning the ideal café in Portland into reality ecoma coffee is located in a shopping district near Soka Station. Nearby are a traditional liquor shop and a seal shop that has been in business for several generations. Directly across the street from the shop is a bar that was also born out of the “Renovation School.” This shopping district, with its mixture of old and new shops, is a historic street that once bustled as the Nikko Kaido since the Edo period. But in recent years, many shops have been shuttered. At ecoma coffee, which opens at 7 am, the staff watch over students attending a nearby...

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