Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō
(ヨコハマ買い出し紀行, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō
?) is a science fiction manga written and illustrated by Hitoshi Ashinano. The title can be translated Yokohama Shopping Log
or Record of a Yokohama Shopping Trip
. One tankōbon volume and the second OVA series have the subtitle Quiet Country Cafe
; and in South Korea it is known as 카페 알파
; Café Alpha
). The series is often referred to in wapuro romaji as Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
, or simply abbreviated as YKK
by fans outside of Japan.
The manga was serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon
magazine from June 1994 to February 2006, with a concluding postscript episode in July 2006, and collected in 14 tankōbon volumes. Parts of the story were adapted as two OVA anime series of two episodes each.
The series depicts the daily life of a robot who runs a coffee shop some time after the Earth's ecology has collapsed. It is noted for its beautifully spare pen-and-ink drawing style, as well as its calm, meticulously paced stories and engaging characters. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō
won the 2007 Seiun Award for best science fiction comic.