At the beginning of the 20th century the first Japanese arrived in Brazil to work on the coffee plantations, although the Japanese cuisine was completely different from the Brazilian one, thus forcing them to adapt to the local ingredients. Seeking their own flavors, a new Nikkei Nipo-Brazilian gastronomy flourished with a strong identity, that after more than one century with its unique flavors and fusions, reached international fame.
Kaikaya is the result of this history, bringing the fusion of traditional and methodic Japan with the tropical and exotic, contemporary Brazil to the center of Valencia. Starting from an emblematic venue with vaults, metallic beams and original bricks, Masquespacio‘s first idea for the aesthetics was to maintain the existing elements in their actual state, highlighting the beauty of the imperfections left by time.
Above, the design needed to contain a strong splash of color, together with an eclectic style that could mix the two concepts of Japan and Brazil without being conventional. Therefore, firstly, the designers combined the materials that reminded of Japan, like wood and raffia, with elements that bring in the tropicalism from the samba country with its colorful patterns made of mosaic tiles, parrots and an overwhelming amount of plants.
Upon entering the restaurant the visitor sees the raffia circles that represent the hats used during the rice collection in the country of the rising sun and that are here merged in a striking way with the colorful mosaic tiles and tropical plants. Once reaching the bar, again, one encounters the mix between Japan and Brazil through the traditional Japanese wooden pattern on the bar itself and the colored patterns inspired by the Brazilian seventies.
Also here, are the parrot lamps with a palm leaf, that as all the other decorative lamps, were specifically designed for the project. On the upper floor on the other hand, a combination of the original heritage from the space was fused with tropical and Japanese elements. A look clearly recognizable through the round seating corners which are half inspired by Brazil and half by Japan.
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Images © Luis Beltran