SHIRU CAFE at IIT Bombay is a clean cafe situated on the joining corridor of L2 and L3 Buildings which provides free juices, tea and coffee to students and faculty members. The cafe is run by intern students from Japan who provide their services for a short term.

Japenese Interns Tokuumi Koki, Muto Motoki and Amagai Kohei

Japenese Interns Tokuumi Koki, Muto Motoki and Amagai Kohei (L to R)

SHIRU CAFE on general is running cafes around different top-class universities of Japan, India and USA to provide free drinks (juice, tea, coffee) to students and faculty members. IIT Bombay is the third SHIRU CAFE campus in India where the service started since August 1, 2017. Other campuses in India where the service is running are IIT Hyderabad, IIT Indore and IIT Delhi. SHIRU CAFE is constructing several new outlets at other IITs as well which are under construction.

Back - Koki, Front - Kohei, L to R - Deepak, Motoki, Avinash, Ashish

Back – Koki, Front – Kohei, L to R – Deepak, Motoki, Avinash, Ashish

SHIRU CAFE at IIT Bombay is an attractive semicircular shaped cafe with sufficient open spaces with tables and chairs around it where students gather and enjoy free drinks during class breaks. SHIRU CAFE is able to provide free drinks at the campuses by generating money from sponsoring-companies who need interns from top class universities around the world. Also, the companies get exposure, as and when their advertisement is displayed at several large screens around the cafe.

Ashish Chandra (L), Muto Motoki (R), Deepak Meena (Back)

Ashish Chandra (L), Muto Motoki (R), Deepak Meena (Back)

Recently, I got chances to interact with the Japanese interns Muto Motoki, Tokuumi Koki and Amagai Kohei who run SHIRU CAFE. These are very friendly people who are very keen to explore Indian culture and traditions. They try to learn few Hindi phrases to greet the students and faculties who visit the cafe.

Ashish Chandra (IIT Bombay, India) and Muto Motoki (Osaka University, Japan)

Ashish Chandra (IIT Bombay, India) and Muto Motoki (Osaka University, Japan)

SHIRU CAFE is known for its cleanliness. They use recyclable paper cups to serve drinks. The enclosure of the cafe is also very clean and hygienic.

Exploring India - Kohei, Koki and Motoki (L to R)

Exploring India – Kohei, Koki and Motoki (L to R)

The interns who run the cafe are very keen to explore India and Indian culture. During weekend i.e. Saturday and Sunday when the cafe is closed they visit several places in India to learn and enjoy Indian traditions.

Exploring India - Kohei (L), Motoki (R)

Exploring India – Kohei (L), Motoki (R)


My experiences at SHIRU CAFE of IIT Bombay have been very good so far. I have befriended several of the Japanese interns of Osaka University (Japan). I like their hospitality, their cleanliness, their friendly nature and their enthusiasm about India. I am going to miss them when they leave India. 🙂

Enjoying at Tajmahal - Kohei (L), Motoki (M), Koki (R)

Enjoying at Tajmahal – Kohei (L), Motoki (M), Koki (R)