Before the Coffee Gets Cold

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

ISBN978-4-7631-3507-0 C0093

348 pages / December 2015 / 1,300 yen (w/o tax)

I want to relive those days...
Four heart-warming miracles that occurred at a coffee shop that acts as a time machine.


You’ll be moved to tears more than once!


An urban legend is circulating about a certain seat in a certain town’s coffee shop. If you use that seat, rumor has it you will be transported back to a time of your choice.

But there are some very troublesome rules:
1. You can only meet people who have visited the coffee shop.

2. No matter what you do, you can’t change the present.
3.  A customer will be sitting in your seat in the past. You have to wait until they’ve gone to sit down.

4. You can’t change seats.

5. Your time in the past starts when your coffee has been poured and ends once the coffee has gone cold. Those aren’t the only rules, but people still feel the need to visit the coffee shop after hearing the rumors. The coffee shop is called Funiculi Funicula. Would you still want to travel to the past under these conditions? This book tells the story of four heart-warming miracles that took place in this coffee shop.

From the table of contents

Story 1: Lovers: The woman who left a man who wanted to marry her

Story 2: A Married Couple: A man and a nurse who lost their memories
Story 3: Sisters: A little sister who often eats out with her big sister
Story 4: Mother and Child: A pregnant woman who works at the coffee shop

From the editor

I was introduced to the stories of Before the Coffee Gets Cold when I was invited to the play by a friend. I cried from beginning to end watching the four-part play. As soon as it ended, I located the playwright and asked him if he’d be interested in turning it into a book. That was four years ago. I’m very happy to finally be able to share this book with the world.




Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Toshikazu Kawaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971. He used to produce, direct and write for the theatrical group Sonic Snail. As a playwright, his most representative works include COUPLE, Sunset Song, and family time. This book is based on Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a 1110 Productions play that won the 10th Suginami Drama Festival grand prize. This is his debut as an author.