Did you also serve "roasted sweet potato coffee" during the war ?! The truth about jazz cafes
Immerse yourself in jazz tonight
File.1 What kind of store is "Chigusa"?
(Mayuko Niimura / Chigusa Jazz Cafe)
Chigusa, a long-established jazz cafe in Noge, Yokohama. I think that there are many people who have the image that the threshold is high and it is difficult to enter.
But jazz is kind of cool ... I'll send a message from the Chigusa staff to you who feel that way.
A coffee shop where you can listen to jazz records ... Speaking of so-called jazz coffee shops, in most cases the master's hobbies and tastes are fully reflected in the shop.
Loud music played from a discerning audio system. Both the master and the customer have difficult faces, and they are quietly listening to the music ...
This unique atmosphere is probably the reason why many people say that it is difficult to enter the store.
Chigusa is a jazz cafe opened by Mamoru Yoshida in Noge, Yokohama in 1933. I have been told that it is the oldest existing jazz cafe in Japan, but it was not said to be a historical cultural property from the beginning.
At the time of opening, it was a place where you can listen to the latest music for young people who are sensitive to fashion.In response, fledgling musicians often visited the store. It wasn't an era where you could easily listen to your favorite music anytime, anywhere, as it is now, and there was no such environment, so they must have been absorbed in the sound. The unique atmosphere of "difficult to enter" that continues today may be a remnant (?).
In the current Chigusa , the lunch time is not "no talking". However, since everyone cares about other customers, the environment where they can concentrate and enjoy the sound continues.
Coffee goes well with jazz cafes. However, coffee is also distributed during the war. The shortage was made from roasted sweet potatoes, so the inside of the store smelled like roasted sweet potatoes. By the way, the "roasted sweet potato-style coffee" was manufactured at Kimura Coffee in Fukutomi-cho, Yokohama ... Yes, later KEY COFFEE.
Chigusa's coffee still contains roasted sweet potatoes !?
Don't worry about it. Currently, the coffee powder blended for Chigusa is carefully brewed using a siphon. It will take some time, but I hope you enjoy the sound and time from the jazz records along with the aroma of coffee that spreads throughout the store.
Currently, Chigusa has a bar time after 6 pm so that you can experience records and jazz more easily in addition to the coffee style at the time of its establishment.
Talking is welcome!
The staff in their 20s entering the counterAs the number increased, I learned more about various anecdotes from regular customers and elderly customers. On the other hand, the number of young customers is increasing, so it is also a place to exchange hot music information and enjoy conversation, not limited to jazz.
Currently, Chigusa does not have a strong master to become the core. Many staff members are involved in the operation, and while inheriting the jazz tea culture continuously, they are spending days of trial and error so that the jazz culture can be transmitted in a new way that suits the present.
For 500 yen a cup of coffee, why not take a little courage and step into a space where you can immerse yourself in the music as much as you like.
Founded in 1933. One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. Mamoru Yoshida, the founder, has been "creating a store for listening to sounds" since the company was founded, and has been deeply involved in the music scene in Yokohama not only as a jazz cafe owner but also as a planner and guardian, and his life is the last It continued to be with jazz. It is currently operated as a general incorporated foundation.
Address2-94 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Business Hour[Tue-Sat] 12: 00-22: 00 [Sun / Mon] 12: 00-18: 00
Total number of seats20 seats
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