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I think Café Francois is one of the oldest cafés in Japan. It was opened in 1934, and named after Jean-François Millet.

In our history, it was the age of modernism, and at the same time, the age of rise of fascism and militarism. Café Francois was loved by many people. They (who include modernistic artists and liberal intellectuals of the time) were attracted by the modernistic atomosphere and European classic musics from a gramophone.

Unfortunately, this cafe was forced to change its "unpatriotic" name, and to stop to play "unpatriotic" musics during the wartime. (It's strange --a large part of the classic musics should be Italian musics and German music....)

After the war, it was named "Café Francois" again. And it is still in business in the same building. I have visited there a few times. When I took this picture while eating tarte au citron, there was a music playing from CD. I think it was Tchaikovsky.

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