Research Institutes

la place (Mermaid Cafe, Hiroshima University Branch)

About "la place"

"la place" is the nickname of the glass-walled building in Satake Square in front of the Central Library. It was built with environmental considerations and has solar panels on the roof. It was established to serve as a hub facility where students, faculty members and others could gather at Satake Square and the surrounding area for "intellectual festivities" (cultural activities befitting of a university having a free and academic atmosphere). The Hiroshima University Branch of the Mermaid Cafe is open for business and ready to serve students, faculty members and local residents.

【Building Overview】
Name: North Welfare Center #3 (1-2-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City)
Nickname: La Place ("plaza" or "square" in French)
Size: Approx. 250 m2 (one-story, steel-framed building)
General Designer: Mitsugu Okagawa, Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Engineering

【Overview of Cafe】
Name: Mermaid Cafe, Hiroshima University Branch
Operations: Andersen Institute of Bread & Life Co.,Ltd.
Hours: 10:00-17:00 weekdays
*Normally closed on Saturday andSundays and national holidays

Seats: 100 in the hall and 23 on the terrace outside


Mermaid Cafe, Hiroshima University Branch
Tel: 082-422-7146(Japanese only)

■Facility Management
Student Service Group, Education Office
E-mail: gakusei-group(at)