Hidden high above the rattling train lines and the cherry-tree lined river that cuts through Nakameguro is a serene white enclave: Chano-Ma. A modern take on a traditional Japanese tearoom, the long, narrow and minimalist space is lined with windows capturing the urban skyline.
A large abstract chandelier-style creation hangs from the ceiling at the end of the café, reflecting light from its multi-mirrored surface. Those wishing to sit upright should head for the white tables and Eames chairs. But the more vertically-inclined should slip off their shoes and embrace the modern interpretation of teatime lounging on a white bed-style expanse of mattress which spans the windows along the side of the café.
Clamber up, kick back and allow staff to bring a steady stream of Japanese comfort food (rice dishes, vegetables and soups) and warming hot drinks (from honey lattes to its tasty Esprit herbal infusion), all of which are carried princess-style on large wooden trays.