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I would like to go out because there is a place to stay. This is the best library in Japan!


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Yamato-shi culture creation base Sirius
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

There is a banner that is noticeable when you are running Tomei Expressway.
Iwaku "Japan's best library".
I was taken to a stimulating invitation and went out to "Yamato City Culture Creation Base Sirius".

Official name, Yamato-shi culture creation base.
Cultural complex centering on library, art culture hall, lifelong learning center, indoor children's plaza.
It is better to call it by the nickname "Sirius" than to write like this.
Because the facility just opened on November 3, 2016, the appearance is very stylish first of all. The location is a 3-minute walk from Yamato Station where the Sotetsu Main Line and the Odakyu Enoshima Line meet, so it is likely to be mistaken for a shopping mall.

From the front entrance, the coffee shop and library space are beautifully arranged. The floor with the stairwell is bright and full of openness, and mothers who push the stroller go around while chatting.
After all it is a shopping mall?
If you take a handy book while thinking so, you will be convinced that the classification sticker has been affixed, so it's a library.
Currently, the library has about 410,000 copies, so it is by no means a large library. However, the reason why we can declare this as "the best library in Japan" has gradually been understood.
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When I visited, related books such as music and orchestra were featured in conjunction with the information about the concert that will be held in the main hall on the weekend.
It is said that the joint project designation manager "Yamato Mirai" who operates Sirius plans such complex planning. For example, if you hold a rakugo session in the hall, you will feature a related book in the library, hold a course to learn more about the rakugo at the Lifelong Learning Center, and hold a "shogo rakugo" for children in the indoor children's square, And so on.
It was a wonderful effort that was not likely.

Here is the open floor area on the second floor. On the other side of the brow, there is also a paid space that can be used as a second office.
Since the books are distributed on each floor, it may be difficult to find the book you want. However, it is one of the pleasures of the library to encounter a new book while making a fool. In fact, the figure of the person who is simmering in the hand of coffee is also Chirahora. Well, in Sirius, it's OK no matter where you drink.

The third floor is "Yamato Children's Country".
"Children's library" with picture books and picture-story shows, all bookshelves and chairs are children's size. Because the colors are also colorful, watching adults will somehow enjoy themselves
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The "Genkikko open space" in the back is a play space for parents and children who are interested in third graders from the age of three. It can be actively played with popular "Bornerund" produced playground equipment, so it is always busy despite the charges.
The Health City Library on the 4th floor is an area unique to Sirius.
First of all, on the bookshelf of the "Health section", a wide range of health related books are displayed beyond the general library classification. In "health terrace", course of various themes is held every day from medical information to long ago play from medical information, and there is "health degree visualization corner" equipped with body composition meter and bone health measuring instrument. There was also a display related to disaster prevention, I felt the spread of the theme of "health".
What surprised at Sirius is the number and variety of reading seats. There are 915 seats, from a counter table suitable for study, to a sofa that you want to take a nap. That's when the concept of “stay-style library” is properly shaped.
Even mothers raising children and elderly people living alone are likely to find their own place here naturally.
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On the 5th floor, there is a reference counter that responds to the inquiries, and the most library-like landscape is spreading. It is strange to humans because the colors are so chic that they become "library-like" even in the presence behavior.

And the sixth floor is the only floor without books. There are meeting rooms available to citizens. In the citizen exchange space "Plat Yamato" where you can eat and drink, high school students worked on homework with their friends while eating sweets.
A terrace seat with a good view ahead of its gaze!
Winter is a bit cold, but I thought I would like to read a book here when it gets warm. With a cold drink.

  • Place
    Yamato-shi culture creation base Sirius

    Yamato-shi culture creation base (nickname: Sirius) delivers wonderfulness of art culture and lifelong learning, heartwarming encounter with people to new knowledge, people to many people from child to adult, and oneness in all of you heart Was born as a place to create At the core are the library, the arts and culture hall, the Lifelong Learning Center, and the indoor children's square. The four facilities will produce more energy by uniting their individuality, and foster the creativity that will lead to the future, and will be a guidepost for your artistic and cultural activities, and will evolve daily.

    [1F: Place of sensibility and creation where inspiration is born] Main hall, sub hall, gallery, general information, library, others
    [2F / floor of citizen interchange to talk happily] Citizen interchange lounge, library, Yamato-shi government office Yamato contact office, others
    [3F / Damage play learning Yamato children's country] Genkikko open space, little child open space, childcare room, consultation room, children's library, studio others
    [4F / familiar with book while relaxing Healthy city library] Healthy corner, healthy terrace, reserved book corner, others
    [5F / We investigate and learn library] Reference counter, information retrieval corner, reading room, others
    [6F / lifelong learning center to gather with friends] Citizen's interchange space Plato Yamato, class room, large meeting room, others

    (Slide image) © SS Toshihiko Kato

    • Shop / Place name
      Yamato-shi culture creation base Sirius
    • Address
      Yamato-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture 1-8-1 Minami 8-1
    • Business Hour
      (Art and Culture Hall) 9:00 to 22:00 / (Lifelong Learning Center) 9:00 to 21:30 / (Library) 9:00 to 21:00 ※ Day and Holiday until 20:00 / (Children's Library) 9 : 00-19:00 / (Indoor children's open space) 9-19-19:00 / (Citizens exchange lounge) 9:00-21:00 ※ Sun until 20:00
    • Parking Area
      Exist (paid) 8:15 to 22:30