first year just flew by!!
We took a look at the exciting year.
Like a Ninja
who came from Los Angeles as an intern for Kick Back Cafe, expressed
his first impression of Kick Back Cafe in this way. The diversity
of customers that is being targeted at various times during one
day and the various genre of music at any given night make it seem
as though the cafe has no consistency. The lack of so-called "consistency"
is exactly the message that this cafe is trying to convey.
The face of Kick Back quickly turns from a family-type atmosphere
filled with the youthful energy of children and their mothers during
the day, to a mellow, jazzy atmosphere with candlelight at night.
The Kick Back is a cunning cafe that uses every method possible
to accomplish its task: to satisfy as many and as diverse of a
crowd as possible.
Since our grand-opening, Kick Back has featured musicians from
the genres of jazz, fusion, classic, club DJ, J-pop, Opera, traditional
Japanese 3 string guitar (shamisen), and gospel, to name a few.
We have also had dances, plays, art shows, and even weddings. Even
our staff is amazed at the cunning nature of this cafe.
Kick Back and relax with your best of friends. Be yourself, and enjoy every aspect
of Kick Back. That is what this cafe is meant to be. You can enjoy this place
as a cafe, a live-house, even as a school. The Kick Back strives to create a
multi-dimensional atmosphere, which gives it the seemingly cunning nature, and
is comparable to the nature of the ninja. We hope that you will find a new face
of our cafe every time you visit us.
Five couples recently chose Kick Back as the place
to start their lives together. The owner, Marre, is a
gospel musician as well as a pastor and he can conduct
the wedding ceremonies, as well as prepare the couples
through his pre-marital counseling. Kick Back is also
the exclusive wedding hall of J-Bride, an organization
that produces original weddings suitable to the preference
of the couples.
the help of Marre and Kumiko, I was able to get
married to my husband and have been happily married
only conducted the wedding ceremony, but through
his premarital counseling, he taught us the difference
between men and women and got us ready for the
marriage life. At the wedding, the Kick Back was
and it was a wedding made originally for us. Through
his music and message at the wedding we were blessed,
as well. It was by far the best day of our lives."
-Yuka Morishita,a counslee that used KBC as their place
to get married
Hayashi couple exchanged their rings during the weekly
event, Sunday Night Service.
was not easy making the commitment to exchange rings
in front of a crowd I did not know, but one thing
I wanted to avoid was to start my marriage with
a simple signature of approval. As I went up on stage
and exchanged rings with my husband, I was able to
experience something that I would have never
able to if it was just
a signature. I was able to realize that I was truly
getting married and I am very thankful that I
did it. I was blessed
by my friends, the Kick Back staff and the customers
that were present at the Kick Back. It was a wonderful
--Rumi Hayashi,a counselee that exchanged wedding rings
during the Sunday Night Service
the month of January, February, and March, the Kick
Back had a charity live concert, "Gospel Fest-Don't
Forget Sumatra" after the Sumatra Earthquake
hit vast areas of Asia on December 26th. With the
help of many
customers, we were able to collect a sum of roughly
150,000 yen to deliver to Sumatra.
At the end of March, several of the staff of Kick Back
as well as the owner of Kick Back and his wife went to
Thailand, where the tsunami hit, as a result of the earthquake.
Our main purpose was to reach the areas that did not
receive hardly any support from the government and NGO's.
We delivered door to door to them water and other supplies
that were desperately needed, and also hope in the Gospel.
In the charity
concert that was held in November of 2004 for the earthquake
in Niigata, there were also many people that showed that they
cared, as we once again able to collect money to deliver to
the people suffering from the catastrophe. We would like to
take this opportunity to thank all our customers who showed
their sympathy with their support.
of the villages that the team visited was a fisherman
village and it was completely wiped out with the
result of the tsunami. There was a conflict between
the Thai government and those remaining from the
fishing village. The government wanted to rebuild
the area as a tourist palace rather than the fishing
village it was before the tsunami, but for the surviving
residents it was the only home that they have known
for generations. In other areas, there was an overwhelming
need for supplies.
A concept shop inside Kick Back by Joseph Craft, a young designer
whose endeavors have brought his work to brands such as United
Arrows in Japan.
is coming to town!
In the spring of 2005, the owner received a call from his friend,
"Producer M", and he said that Andrae Crouch is coming to Japan.
Andrae Crouch is a giant in the gospel music genre, has proudly won
the Grammy Award 9 times, and has impacted renowned artists such
as Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.
"Producer M" told Marre that Andrae wanted to visit Kick Back Cafe.
"What? Andrae Crouch wants to...! That's amazing."
Marre and the Kick Back staff could not hide the excitement that
we had for the imminent visit of the superstar. Even though he was
coming to Japan on a private sightseeing trip, there seemed to be
a remote chance that this Grammy Award winning musician was going
to be on stage performing for us. The day that Andrae came to our
cafe was the day that our monthly Gospel Fest was going to be conducted.
We did not promote this event, but obviously people heard that the
superstar was performing at Kick Back as there was a long line formed
before the concert. As he got on stage, he reminded of us of the
reason why he was in Japan, just for a visit. It turns out that included
Kick Back and its stage. He got on stage with his twin sister, Sandra,
and showed his ferocious presence to the crowd that surpassed 200
for that night. The roof was truly raised that night.
highlight of the first half of 2005 was Andrae Crouch concert.
There were more than 200 in the Kick Back and the place was
overflowing with people. Andrae and his twin sister,
have been awarded the Grammy Award numerous times.
What is happening at Kick Back Cafe is truly amazing.
A year ago, the staff and anyone involved with the making of Kick
Back Cafe would
not have ever been able to imagine a musician like Andrae Crouch
performing on the stage of Kick Back. The staff had no experience
in the restaurant business, and,besides for the owner and his wife,they
had no connections with any sort of musicians. But they
were there as they
and performing at Kick Back. Starting with Andrae Crouch, all the
events that were conducted at the Kick Back was with the help of
unexplainable connections through customers and from other musicians.
After one year of operation and as a group that witnessed all of
this first hand, they agree that one thing has happened at this cafe:
Experience the miracle. Come and join us. It will surely be an incredible ride
in the year to come.
May: The seminar of Kaori Nara
Turner, the renowned Hollywood make-up artist
She did a special effects make-up and a beauty make-up that she
usually does for actresses. The person that Mrs. Turner is doing
her make up on is Kumiko, the vocalist of Tengokumin, the band
that bases its activity at Kick Back. Kumiko is also the wife
of the owner of Kick Back Cafe.
She produced a fashion show of her own called the "Living Regend
of KIMONO in Hollywood", which was exclusively viewable to celebrities
in the film industry. Kumiko, above, was invited to be part of
the fashion show.
|Moms & kids
|During lunch hours,
there are plenty of mothers with their infant children
in baby-carts. There is also a mommy's room with
a window where you can look out into the cafe and
see the stage.
The room is decorated as if it is
inside the vast sky.
The room has
effect in its walls so the babies can enjoy our
lives with a little less volume along with their
Back was featured in a TV series, "Kosodate-rebi"
by one of the major television network, Fuji-television.
||It's very difficult
for moms with infant children to go and enjoy
themselves at a
cafe or a restaurant because of the lack of space
to change diapers for their babies, and it's not
always that a cafe welcomes crying babies. In that
sense, Kick Back Cafe has a place for the babies
to change their diapers, in the "mommy's room",
and you can come into the store with a baby cart
and the staff welcomes you with a smile. They even
help you carry it through the steps. Kick Back
is very popular among mom's in this area.
Ito, mother of a 1year old child
|In hope that we can contribute to this city
| This last August, Kick Back Cafe was able
to open up a branch store in the "Olaho-Sengawa",
a festival rooted in the city of Sengawa and is by far
festival in this city. Tengokumin, the band that bases
it's activities in Kick Back, was able to go on the main
stage and participate in the festival. Tengokumin was able
to a make its impression of the last of the festival.
In September, Kick Back Cafe was able to plan and execute the first ever "Sengawa
Avenue Fest" Not only did Kick Back have another open-cafe, we were in charge
of the sound, and each individual event within the festival. It was a festival
in which you could enjoy food and drinks in a artistic atmosphere.
On Children's Day, a holiday in Japan, and also during Christmas, Kick Back holds
an event titled, "Kid's Fest", in which we entertain the kids living in and around
the city of Sengawa with games, songs, and skits. As you become a frequent customer
of Kick Back you will realize that Kick Back is also for children. We boast a
"mommy's room" in which moms can change diapers and breastfeed their infants,
and we are a proud member of the "Children's refuge" in which children can come
at any given time, if for some reason they cannot enter their houses. We also
have staff who are professionally qualified to care children. Our customers can
rely on us to be considerate of the children's needs.
Olaho Sengawa Summer Festival on stage
Sengawa Avenue Fest
Christmas Kid's Fest