Kream & Kensho – Japanese Cafe in Singapore

You can discover Kream & Kensho Japanese cafe in Singapore from within Bukit Merah district, at 35 Kampong Bahru Road.

Open to customers since September 2020, the brunch cafe name is derived from the Japanese Zen tradition concept of Kenshō – insights that happen suddenly and change you forever, while you’re in nature, listening to music, looking at art, or in a conversation.

On the menu are a selection of coffees, all-day brunch items, and beers, with highlights such as French Toast (slices of white bread dipped in a brown sugar and cream batter, seasonal berries, salted whipping cream, maple syrup)…

French Toast - Kream & Kensho Japanese Cafe in Singapore.

French Toast with Seasonal Berries.

…Beef Cheeseburger (double wagyu patty, cheddar cheese, brioche buns, wakame mayo, pickles), Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup, Hokkaido Milk Cheesecake, Signature Kombu Truffle Fries, as well as K&K Milk Tea.

Kream & Kensho Japanese Cafe in Singapore.

In terms of ambience, the brunch cafe features a delightful contemporary decor with a touch of Japanese influences and soft pastel finishes.

Kream & Kensho – Japanese Cafe in Singapore
35 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169355
Opening Hours: Monday 10am-10pm, Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 9am-10pm

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The Japanese Concept of Kensho – Kream & Kensho Japanese Cafe in Singapore

enshō (見性) is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition. Ken means “seeing”, shō means “nature, essence”. It is usually translated as “seeing one’s (true) nature”, that is, the Buddha-nature or nature of mind. Kenshō is an initial insight or awakening, not full Buddhahood. It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life.

Kenshō is described as a sudden realization of the true nature of reality, beyond all concepts and definitions. It is often described as a feeling of oneness with the universe, or a realization that all things are interconnected and interdependent. Kenshō can be triggered by a variety of experiences, such as meditation, koan practice, or a chance encounter with a teacher or another student.

Once a person has experienced kenshō, they are said to have “seen into their true nature.” This does not mean that they have become fully enlightened, but that they have had a glimpse of the truth beyond their ego and the conditioned mind. Kenshō can be a profound and transformative experience, and it can lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and the world around us.

Kenshō is a central concept in Zen Buddhism, and it is often described as the goal of Zen practice. However, it is important to note that kenshō is not something that can be forced or achieved through effort alone. It is a gift that comes when we are ready, and it is often preceded by many years of meditation and other spiritual practices.

Here are some examples of kenshō experiences from Zen literature:

  • Linji Yixuan (9th century): “Suddenly, I saw into my own true nature. There was nothing to add or subtract.”
  • Dogen Zenji (13th century): “To study the self is to study the Buddha. To study the Buddha is to study the self. There is no other Buddha except the self, and there is no other self except the Buddha.”
  • Hakuin Ekaku (18th century): “To see your true nature is to see the Buddha. To see the Buddha is to see your true nature. There is no difference between the two.”

If you are interested in learning more about kenshō, I recommend reading some Zen literature or talking to a Zen teacher.