In Japan, people seeking a cup of coffee in the town of Kurashiki will get more than they bargain for if they go to a place called "Papin".
CU ZOOM OUT Upside-Down coffee house in Kurashiki with camera turning full circle
Gv Upside Down coffee shop
SV Upside down windows in shop (3 shots)
SCU Girls having photograph taken outside coffee shop PULL BACK TO GV With photographer at work
GV Customers entering coffee shop through upside down door, cabinet, etc.
GV Upside down clock in cafe PAN TO Customers being served at table by upside down window
CU & SV Upside down shaped glass of juice and people talking at table
GV People eating at table
GV Waitress collecting drinks from upside-down bar with upside-down fittings, etc.
SV & GV Children eating at table
Man and child in washroom by upside down window with upside-down fittings
SV Man walking down upside down stairs looking puzzled
GV Upside down telephone booth and upside down telephone (2 shots)
SV AND TILT UP AND GV Of upside down rubber plant (2 shots)
GV & PAN Children painting and sketching the upside down coffee house (3 shots)
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Background: In Japan, people seeking a cup of coffee in the town of Kurashiki will get more than they bargain for if they go to a place called "Papin". The shop is a landmark in the area because of its external, as well as internal, appearance. The patrons, however, are not so much concerned with what is on the menu as with what is in store for them when they enter through the Papin's doors.
SYNOPSIS: This is no ordinary coffee house. It's upside down. No optical illusion. It's built that way.
Every detail is attended to. Even the windows are fitted upside down. It's a perfect setting for an unreal photo.
Customers entering the coffee shop seemingly enter another world. Telling the time can be difficult. The menu is conventional, but the decor requires a second look.
Order a drink and it will come to you in, you guessed it; an upside-down glass. Of course there's no question of defying gravity. It's just the fantasy of an imaginative Japanese designer. There are some concessions; a strictly upside-down house would cause problems, not least for the waitresses.
A visit to the washroom can be an unsettling experience. Or how about walking down upside-down stairs? Telephone booths don't escape the reverse treatment, but one of the great favourites with visitors to the Papin is the rubber plant which seems to grow out of the ceiling.
The world of topsy-turvy holds great appeal for children who find in the Papin a natural subject for their drawings.