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Samurai/
Shinjuku: Jazz
kissaten
3341-0383
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Thousands of maneki
neko (good-luck cat
statues) fill the
interior of this
spacious cafe-bar,
along with signed
covers of jazz al-
bums and underground
theater posters.
There's a counter
and several tables,
making this a good
venue for a small
party. Service is
friendly and the air
isn't too smoky,
although smoking is
allowed throughout
the cafe.

The background music
at Samurai is almost
exclusively sixties
and seventies jazz
played from the
bar's huge vinyl
collection. The
manager seems to be
a big fan of Johnny
Griffin, whose
records are dis-
played prominently.
There are also regu-
larly scheduled
haiku-related
events.

The bar's food menu
is surprisingly
large, with a dozen
varieties of pizza
along with pastas,
fried noodles and
other light fare.
Food and drink are
reasonably priced,
although there is a
table charge of Y500
per person along
with a 10% service
charge. Beers and
whiskeys start at
Y680.
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Shinjuku-ku, Shin-
juku 3-35-5, Tera
Bldg 5F. Open
6pm-1am daily.
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