The ARABIQ Books & Gallery Cafe’s place is in a quiet part of Osaka, and greenery at the entrance helps to make the place feel special. You walk through a quiet street and then dive through the door shrouded in greenery into “another world”...
When I visited ARABIQ Books & Gallery Cafe for the first time, I was immediately charmed by its wonderful atmosphere. The lighting was magic, so I got the feeling like I was going into “another reality”. There were thousands of books, arranged in an artistic way that didn’t resemble a library. I thought I’d like so sit down there and read a book with a cup of coffee.
The owner of the ARABIQ, Ken Moriuchi greeted us and talked. Some visitors were regular, I guessed. Ken- san talked with each of them as long as the guest wanted, and suggested drinks – coffee, beer or stronger drinks.
Besides books, there were drawings and paintings, dolls and many other artistic items to look at or to buy. My visit was half-business as we presented the part of the exhibition FANTANIMA. Ken-san agreed to organize the exhibition at ARABIQ and nicely arranged the exhibits himself. The fantastic animals of FANTANIMA were at home in the gallery, and their presence reminded me of a movie or a cartoon as if those strange and funny creatures came out of books and became alive. I also felt like I was part of that fantastic world, separated from the real world just by the door of ARABIQ.
Visiting Osaka a year later, I went to the ARABIQ Gallery to greet Ken-san and to spend some time in that magic atmosphere once more. Ken-san was happy and we talked as good friends. I thought, if I lived in Osaka, I’d be the regular guest of the ARABIQ.
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