Dear All - a place to rest

Stumbled upon this coffee shop the last time I was in Tokyo. I was struck by the design and the amazing coffee. Regulars came and went while I recharged my batteries. The baristas (friends from high school) seemed to know everyone. They are the only two employees and they are making their dream come true. The hospitality and good coffee went a long way with this weary traveler. I asked if I could snap some photos and they obligingly said yes.


the backpack that gives back (Just Porter)

I recently found out about and was immediately intrigued by the great design of their backpacks. I was also really excited to find out that for each bag that is purchased a second bag with school supplies is given to a child in need.

I had the opportunity to take the sable rucksack on a recent road trip to Palo Duro Canyon, Garden of the Gods and Breckenridge.

The bags are high quality with a minimalist and modern design. They are weather-proof and feel great on your back.

For each bag bought, Just Porter manufacturers a "give" backpack and fills it with school supplies and gives it to a child in need. They are manufacturing their "give" backpacks in the areas they distribute these backpacks and are also purchasing the school supplies from the local markets. Just Porter is trying to solve the problem of poverty through creating jobs in the areas they give and promoting childhood education.

THey began as a Kickstarter and was fully funded in December 2013.

I am really impressed with the build quality of these bags as well as the mission of the company.