‘Initial D’ cafe entices automobile fans
MAEBASHI — A cafe inspired by the comic “Initial D” has opened in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture.
The popular car-action manga by Shuichi Shigeno is set in Shibukawa and other areas of the prefecture. Although the publisher ended its magazine run in July 2013, there are still devoted fans of the manga, and the D’z GARAGE cafe is likely to become a new tourist attraction.
Located on the way to the Ikaho hot spring resort, the cafe is about 160 square meters and seats 45 people. The black and white tiles on the floor are arranged to look like a checkered finishing flag.
Makoto Okada, 48, operates D’z GARAGE and is a big fan of automobiles. He also runs a pudding shop nearby called Crayon.
Okada opened the cafe in March after renovating a one-story building that used to be a convenience store.
Five different types of puddings priced at \600 plus tax stand out on the menu. Among them, a white soya milk pudding comes in a bottle with black horizontal lines, with the letters “Fujiwara Tofuten (jikayo)” — “Fujiwara tofu shop (private automobile)” — inscribed on it. Okada says it represents both Takumi Fujiwara, the lead character in “Initial D,” whose family runs a tofu shop, and his black and white car, the AE 86 Sprinter Trueno, dubbed “Hachiroku.”
The four other puddings are the colors of cars belonging to Takumi’s rivals.
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