The FaSoLa Cafe

Through shapenote singing / Sacred Harp friends, pointers to the FaSoLa Cafe in Narita Airport (Tokyo):


Our shapenote music is sometimes called fasola music, after the names of first three notes of the major scale in our singing tradition — fa so la fa so la mi fa. (And our fasola is related to the names of the fourth, fifth, and sixth notes in the standard solfège scheme: do re mi fa so la ti do.)

So: music and food, in particular Japanese-inflected Western food.

From Dennis Smith’s blog on 4/13/17, “The one about FaSoLa Cafe Coffee & Beer @ Narita Airport”:

After you go past the major fine restaurants at Narita Airport, as you continue to walk towards your connecting international flight, you’ll find several restaurants that are inexpensive.

One of them is FaSoLa Cafe Coffee & Beer near the connection of the main and satellite buildings in Terminal 2.  The area offers a great view of numerous aircraft and the interior is a great place to eat and relax.

FaSoLa is the largest duty free retailer at Narita Airport.  The company started in 2014 and started with 10 existing stores and now they have 80 shops including seven new stores which opened in Terminal 3 in 2015.

You can grab water, soda, coffee, beer, whiskey, cocktails and a wide selection of meals.

After a lot of waiting at Narita Airport and waiting to get into Terminal 2, finding FaSoLa Cafe was quite pleasant because I could use up all the yen coins I still had with me.  And needed to use them up, as I didn’t want to carry that many coins with me back to the U.S.

I ended up ordering a pizza and like all Japanese pizza I have eaten in Japan, you’ll often find corn on it.  And I ordered a side of garlic potatoes, which were delicious.

  (#2) Japanese-style pizza at FaSoLa; note corn

… If you are wanting inexpensive comfort western food with a Japanese twist, give FaSoLa Cafe Coffee & Beer at Narita Airport a try!

The company’s website (linked to above) has lots of information, but nothing about why they chose the name they did. Maybe it just struck them as characteristically “Western”.

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