The Oct Cafe serves customers from spring through fall at the Open Cafe set up on the tree-lined riverside in Hiroshima's Peace Park.
The nickname "Oct" is a pun derived from an English word and a Japanese word. The English word "octo(gon)" describes the shape of the shop. "Okuto" in Japanese means setting something somewhere temporarily.
The negative image of a temporary booth is here transformed into something fun: a structure that suddenly appears and is "plopped" into place, complete and ready for service.
The 34th Japan Sign Design Award, Third Place Award, 2000
Japan Urban Design Institute JUDI Award, Second Place Award, 2000