Last June, a new gallery/cafe called Sanatorium opened in the subcultural mecca of north Tenjin. It is a branch of the Fushigi Hakubutsukan—a creative space in Nakagawa Town. The white interior features anatomical models, medical devices and the owner’s art. The banana shake, like a barium swallow, comes in a beaker. The sweets change daily and also come in off-the-wall containers. You cannot photograph the nurse uniform-clad staff or some of the exhibits, but this only adds to the cafe’s mystique. The vibe may be weird, but who knows, you might just feel right at home.
Daily snack ¥800, daily dish ¥800, drinks (coffee, tea, tomato juice, sake, etc.) ¥600, snack & drink set ¥1,200
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn208, Apr. 2016)