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Visiting one of Japan traditional coffee shops, known as kissaten, is a unique way to start to the day.

For breakfast, many kissaten offer a “morning service,” which includes coffee and a small meal — often with toast, some meat, an egg and a salad. Western food is served, but with a twist: the toast is extra thick, and salads are sometimes prepared with either boiled spaghetti or canned fruit. But it’s not all wonderful; the air inside kissaten is often thick with cigarette smoke.

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