Just behind Nakatsu Station, there’s an old residential pocket located within a warren of narrow alleyways. Here, change is in the air.

There is the sound of construction, old houses are being transformed into cafes, restaurants and hip little boutiques, and new ventures seem to regularly spring forth from where there was previously nothing. The new arrivals will be in good company, anchored by Hood by Vargas, a whimsical neighborhood cafe that opened four years ago.

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