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At the storehouse that spins the time, fully charge the sensibility!


Kanagawa Gallery Sanpo
File.7 okeba
Umino Yamamoto (Galley Watts)

When asked, "Do you like to drink alcohol?" I immediately answer "Yes!" Without hesitation, but I'm hoping to hear from the potter, Asamura Okamura, and want to go there forever There was a place.
Its name is "okeba". okeba refers to a yard, and represents a workshop that repairs and manufactures barrels and tools.
Gallery Sanpo does not mean to be visiting sake breweries from this time on (laughs).
Founded in 1895, this is a gallery shop introduced by "okeba" in the corner of Kuramoto "Kumazawa Sakezo", which has only one remaining in Shonan.
At the entrance, there is an old Daitoku lined up as if to welcome visitors. After all if by Kuramoto. Open the sliding door with a tasteful atmosphere and go in with excitement.

In the space immediately after entering, there was an exhibition of ceramic works by Asamura Okamura and Tomotaro who taught me okeba. The two are local Hiratsuka, who is a familiar writer who holds it here every year. This space is open for exhibitions by artists of various genres every month. "alt =" "width =" 4032 "height =" 3024 "/>

Asako's work, “I prefer to express shapes with ceramic plates, rather than make a bowl,” feels as comfortable as drawing a scene that captures everyday life.

On the other hand, Mr. Tomotaro has created a wide range of pottery, from the tasteful to the orthodox. As well as pottery activities, Mr. Tomotaro is the executive chair of the popular event "Oosuke Utsuwa Day" in Kanagawa Prefecture, and is creating a space where people and vessels meet with local potter friend Hiroyuki Tomita You It is the ninth time this year! It will be held around the end of October.

Okamura Asako (left) and store manager Wakako Muraishi, who have long relationship with okeba, look like sisters.
On the shelf near the ceiling, the tools that finished the sake-making role were tight, and their remnants remained.
It is by store manager Wakako Muraishi Select that rare ancient tools and pretty and nostalgic things are lined up. He loves old-fashioned products and purchases and wholesales under the brand name "Mono no Meya", so it is said that he has been connected to okeba and is appointed a store manager.
Muraishi-san was discovered during the talk that he was a startup member of "Takiyama" introduced last time. Apparently, it seems to be an indispensable person to enliven the Shonan area.
"Contemporary writers are inspired by their creators,The tools are filled with the thought of the generations of users, and both feel "the richness of the heart that is essential to life," said Muraishi.
Certainly, everything in this historic space has a quaint wavelength, and it speaks to it.

There is a corner of the picture book and old book on the second floor, and a valuable picture book that the owner of okeba himself collected during reading and reading. There is an array of fascinating books that touch the culture so much that it gets inexorably bound to chain from one to the next. When it is careless, it seems to pass for a few hours lightly here alone.

"I'm introducing things in a wide variety of genres, so I think it's nice to enjoy living with people who feel sympathy while traveling slowly," Muraishi says.

By the way, in the site where okeba is located there is a trattoria run by Kumazawa Shuzo, a cafe, and a bakery that uses brewer's yeast like a small village. The entrance covered with large trees feels like getting lost in another world like Alice in Wonderland or Narnia's story.

Kumazawa Shuzo's "Shonan beer" is famous, but local farm beer using fruits from local farmers is also popular. LuckyI was able to order "Kataura Lemon Ale" that had just been released. Well, only one cup (laughs).
Juicy, intensely delicious homemade sausages, fresh lemon beer compatibility is the best!

You will have a good meal and a drink with a unique sake source, and return to okeba to spend a good time ... You can see that there are many customers who enjoy the day like that.
The place where sake making lasts more than 150 years is reliable, and the image that fosters the local culture is reliable, and in the next 100 years, it will be a romantic feeling while imagining the richness of the heart that will be inherited from now on. I was holding a beer.

"Gallery Information"

7-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki city, Kanagawa Prefecture 253-0082, 10-7
TEL: 0467-50-0252
Opening hours: 11:00 to 17:00 on weekdays / 11:00 to 18:00 on weekends and holidays
(Business hours may be changed)
Closed day: 3rd Tuesday (except August and December)
* There is a parking lot

10 A 10-minute walk from Sakai JR Sagami Line “Kagawa” Station

* Okamura sister and brother's pottery exhibition will be held until Wednesday, May 15

  • Place

    At the time of its establishment, it was a shop that restored a warehouse called a farmhouse, which was a workshop for repairing and manufacturing sake barrels and tools. On the 1st floor, we are selling permanent works of artists and artists from the Shonan area, and selling vintage furniture and old furniture. In 2F , there are old book corner mainly on picture book and sale of old tools.

    • Shop / Place name
    • Address
      7-10-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      11:00 to 17:00 on weekdays / 11:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (business hours are subject to change)