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ukicafe : Enjoying Art & Pasta On Inujima Island (Okayama City)

The best way of traveling around Setouchi is by boat. The true Setouchi experience is stopping at the many islands to see their art exhibitions. Inujima island, for instance, the only populated island in Okayama City, is one such place and was also one of the venues of the Setouchi Triennale 2016. Visitors can visit the Inujimaseirensho Museum and also take a look at the many art pieces of the Inujima Art House Project. A great destination for a day trip, Inujima is easily accessible from Okayama City.

In this article I’m going to introduce a nice cafe on Inujima where you can get really good pasta. The next time you come to Inujima, be sure to visit the cafe as well as the island’s various art installations.

Located between the two Inujima Art House Project houses C and I, the name of the cafe is Ukicafe. Let’s see what it’s like!

The building itself is a traditional Japanese house with some slight modifications. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable and there are 4 tables. The relaxing space makes it too easy to miss your boat, so be sure to check your watch from time to time!

There’s a handmade swing in the garden that both children and adults can use!

Here we have the main character in today’s story: the pasta. The first one is the Octopus & Mushroom Pasta With Tomato Sauce. Caught locally here in Okayama, today’s octopus is iidako (amphioctopus fangsiao). It has a nice chewy consistency, and goes really well with the slightly spicy tomato sauce. It’s very delicious.

The second pasta is the Potato & Bacon Pasta With Spinach Sauce. The spinach pesto is in perfect harmony with the saltiness of the bacon. It’s difficult to decide which one tastes better, so it should be a nice topic of conversation if you come here with someone. You just have to try them both!

The desserts in the photos above are the Banana Swimming Ring Cake and the Inujima Mikan Marmalade Ice Cream. It’s clear that they were both made with a great sense of love for Inujima.

This is the handsome owner of the establishment, and the person who makes all these delicious treats, Mr. Otokura. He runs the restaurant all by himself and deals with everything from cooking to serving the customers (although, during the busy art festival period he gets a little extra help).

I highly recommend coming to Inujima to see the artwork, but it’s also worth coming just to try Mr. Otokura’s fantastic dishes.

Address: 293 Inujima, Higashi, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Open: 10:00 – 17:00
Closed: Tuesdays
Tel: 086-947-0877
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ukicafe/

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Asami Asai (kokohorejapan)

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Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/


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