I have a whereabouts and want to go out. This is the best library in Japan!
(TOP image) SS Co., Ltd. Toshihiko Kato
Go, see, and feel the world of art
File.8 Yamato City Cultural Creation Center Sirius
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)
There is a banner that stands out when running on the Tomei Expressway.
As I said, "Japan's best library".
Taking an exciting invitation, I went to the Yamato City Cultural Creation Center Sirius.
Official name, Yamato City Cultural Creation Base.
Library, arts and culture hall, lifelong learning center, cultural complex centered on indoor children's square.
It is more appropriate to call it by the nickname "Sirius" than to write it in this way.
Because the facility, which just opened on November 3, 2016, looks really stylish. It's a good location 3 minutes on foot from Yamato Station where the Sotetsu Main Line and the Odakyu Enoshima Line intersect, so it's likely to be mistaken for a shopping mall.
When you enter from the front entrance, the coffee shop and library space are located neatly. The floor with a colonnade is bright and has a feeling of openness, and moms who push the stroller come and go as they chat.
Is it a shopping mall?
With that in mind, when I picked up the book at hand, I was convinced that it was a library, because the classification sticker was attached.
Since it has about 410,000 books at present, it is by no means a large library. However, I have gradually come to understand the reason why I can declare that this is the best library in Japan.
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When I visited, related books such as music and orchestra were featured in connection with the guide of the concert held in the main hall on weekends.
It is said that such complex projects are planned by "Yamato Mirai," the designated manager of the consortium that operates Sirius. For example, if you want to hold a rakugo story in the hall, feature a related book in the library, hold a lecture at the Lifelong Learning Center to learn more about rakugo, and hold an "Okama Rakugo" for children at the indoor children's square. And so on.
It's a wonderful effort that was unlikely.
This is the open access area on the 2nd floor. On the opposite side of the colonnade, there is a paid space that can also be used as a second office.
Since the collection of books is scattered on each floor, it may be difficult to find the book you are aiming for. However, it is one of the pleasures of the library to come across a new book while walking around. Actually, the figure of a person who is wandering around with a coffee in hand is shimmering... Yes, in Sirius, you can drink anywhere you want.
On the 3rd floor is "Yamato Children's Country".
At the "Children's Library," where picture books and picture-story shows are available, the bookshelves and chairs are all child-sized. Because the colors are colorful, adults looking at it will have some fun
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The "Genkikko open space" in the back is a play space for parents and children from 3 years old to 2nd grade elementary school. You can play actively with play equipment produced by the popular "Bornernund", so it is always crowded despite being charged.
The "Healthy City Library" on the 4th floor is an area unique to Sirius.
First of all, the bookshelf in the "Health Corner" exhibits a wide range of books related to health that go beyond the general library classification. On the "Health Terrace", courses on various themes are held every day, from medical information to old days to play, and there is also a "health level visualization corner" equipped with body composition monitors and bone health measuring instruments. There was an exhibition related to disaster prevention, and I felt the spread of the theme of "health."
What surprises Sirius is the number and variety of reading seats. There are a total of 915 seats, from a counter table suitable for studying to a sofa that makes you want to take a nap. This is what happens when the concept of a "stay-type library" is put into practice.
Whether you're a mother raising a child or an elderly person living alone, it's very natural to find your place here.
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On the 5th floor, there is a reference counter that will be available for consultations on research items, and the most library-like scenery is spread out. It's strange to see human beings, because their colors are chic, and their behavior is "library-like".
And the 6th floor is the only floor without books. Meeting rooms that can be used by citizens are lined up. In “Platt Yamato,” a social space where people can eat and drink, high school students worked on homework with friends while eating sweets.
Beyond that line of sight, a terrace seat with a great view!
It's a bit cold in winter, but when it gets warm I want to relax and read a book. With a cold drink.
Yamato City Cultural Creation Center (nickname: Sirius) delivers the wonderfulness of art culture and lifelong learning, new knowledge, and encouraging encounters with people to children and adults, creating a sense of unity. It was born as a place to create. At its core are libraries, arts and culture halls, lifelong learning centers and indoor children's squares. Each of the four facilities will generate more energy by fusing their individual characteristics, cultivate creativity that will lead to the future, and serve as a guide for your arts and cultural activities, and will continue to evolve day by day.
[1F/A place where sensibilities and impressions are created] Main hall, sub hall, gallery, general information, library, etc.
[2F/Floor for civic interaction where people can enjoy talking with each other] Civic interaction lounge, library, Yamato City Office, Yamato Office
[3F/Yamato Children's Country to learn by playing hard] Genkikko open space, little open space, childcare room, consultation room, child library, studio, etc.
[4F/Healthy city library where you can relax and get acquainted with books] Health corner, health terrace, book corner, etc.
[5F/Search and learn library] Reference counter, information search corner, reading room, etc.
[6F/Lifelong Learning Center for gathering and learning with friends] Civic exchange space Plat Yamato, training room, large conference room, etc.
(Slide image) © SSS Toshihiko Kato
Address1-8-1 Yamato Minami, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hour(Arts and Culture Hall) 9:00 to 22:00 / (Lifelong Learning Center) 9:00 to 21:30 / (Library) 9:00 to 21:00 *Sundays and holidays until 20:00 / (Children's Library) 9 From 9:00 to 19:00 / (Indoor Children's Square) 9:00 to 19:00 / (Citizen Exchange Lounge) 9:00 to 21:00 *Sundays and holidays until 20:00
Parking AreaAvailable (charged) 8:15-22:30
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