One of our favorite Japanese architects, Kengo Kuma, has recently renovated a tiny restaurant called Tetchan.
The eatery, famous for their yakitori, is located in a Western Tokyo suburb and is now one of the most popular spots in the area. But this isn't just because the quality of the food is so great, the place also looks amazing inside thanks to the thousands of multicolored LAN cables and acrylic byproducts recycled inside.
Tetchan is located in Kichijoji, a suburb in Western Tokyo that is popular for its hip boutiques, convenient department stores and large park. The architect sums it up best, saying that it is a “wondrous bystreet that still retains the atmosphere of black-market stalls during the post-World War II period.” Renovated at the end of last year, this tiny yakitori (grilled, skewered chicken) restaurant has become one of the area’s most unique spots.
On the ground floor a bar and counter stools look like they are made from ice, but its actually leftover melted acrylic byproduct. But the best room of all is on the 2nd floor, where Kuma reused hundreds of multicolored LAN cables to make up the furniture and decorate the walls.
So now you know, if you are planning to visit Tokyo, don’t miss this edgy, sustainable eatery by Kuma san.