Piman feels different from most of the health-conscious cafes popping up recently. There's a tried and tested, worn-in vibe here that's exceptionally comfortable. A stoic confidence is in the air -- staff dress in black and wear a polite but somewhat indifferent expression as they volley orders, but it doesn't dampen the charm. A mound of apples serves as functional art to an otherwise low-lit, home-style cafe, and colorful, informative menus invite the customer to engage happily in selecting a juice or dish. Page after page of laminated information tells you which juice mix is good for what ailment -- and reminds you that there are no added sugars besides natural lemon and apple juice. (Information is all in Japanese but they have a simplified English menu on request.)
In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.