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"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" on March 11th

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 
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Immerse yourself in jazz tonight
File.6 Rikuzentakata "h. Imagine"
Mayuko Niimura (Chigusa, a jazz cafe)

Chigusa closed once in 2007 due to regional land readjustment. In 2010, when the archive exhibition "Noge had a tiny bite !" Was held for three days, the voice of revival increased, but there was no money and no manpower. Only time passed, with the uncertainties of "someday ..." and "if we could resume someday ..." --- until the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

On that day, the tsunami that struck the Tohoku region caused many casualties and destroyed the uprooted town.
When I was in Noge, I saw the disaster situation in the area, but I had no choice but to feel helpless.

"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" on March 11th
And April. As the media began to report details, I saw a photo. It is an article in the Kanagawa Shimbun that reports on the appearance of a man standing in the rubble holding a record. The master, who ran a jazz coffee shop called "h. Imagine" in Rikuzentakata, lost all the shops, audio equipment, records, etc. due to the tsunami, but he still hopes for a comeback.
Jazz cafe ... record ... I couldn't help but see the enumeration of the letters, and immediately called on Chigusa officials and the town to plan a charity event. Hold a flea market, raise funds, and call for donations of records. It was a one-day event, but with the cooperation of many people, I immediately went to Rikuzentakata with the sales, donations, and records. Meet the master at the gymnasium at the evacuation siteI was able to hand it over directly.
"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" on March 11th

I also visited the place where "h. Imagine" was located under the guidance of Master Tomiyama. There are still tens of thousands of missing people, and the situation where the removal of rubble is untouched is hard to describe, and it is hard to see. There was no trace of jazz playing, and I couldn't remove the mask because of the dusty smell.
At this place, jazz ... At least with all my thoughts, I drop a needle on the record on the player I brought from Yokohama.
Benny Goodman's "Don't Be That Way".
A cheerful big band and a clarinet swing echo in the rubble town. It was a strange sight, but it reminded me of the story of Mamoru Yoshida.

"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" on March 11th

When Chigusano 's founder, Mamoru Yoshida, returned from postwar conscription, the town of Yokohama was a burnt field in a large air raid. Although I headed to the store ruins first, the coffee shop, the precious records that I had painstakingly collected, everything turned into scorched earth, and there was no shadow or shape. However, the sound of jazz from the expeditionary force broadcast inspired the desire to revive the jazz cafe Chigusa .

This story is a passage in the "Yokohama Jazz Story", but Mamoru Yoshida and Mr. Tomiyama, who was affected by the disaster in Rikuzentakata, overlapped.
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After that, Mr. Tomiyama continued to energetically go to other evacuation centers with a gramophone, records, and a coffee set while he was living in the evacuation center. Chigusa 's friends also revisited Rikuzentakata and held a "business trip jazz cafe Chigusa" with Mr. Tomiyama. We connected with Yokohama via the internet and delivered the live voices of Mr. Tomiyama and the people who are standing up for reconstruction and talked with each other.
At that time, I intended to send ale from Yokohama. However, when I think about it later, it may be that Chigusa was the one who was sending the ale. The story of Chigusano , which Mamoru Yoshida revived from the scorched earth that lost everything, should not be ended.
"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" on March 11th

With the help of many people who love Chigusa , Chigusa was able to resume on March 11, the year after the earthquake. I dared to set this day back as a day to remember the disaster and the disaster area. Chigusa always reports on the recent situation of Mr. Tomiyama and other disaster-stricken areas every anniversary.

"Jazz" is a slang word that also means "lively." It may not only mean musical meaning, but also life and life itself.
While playing jazz in Tohoku, we are about to reach March 11, the 8th year of the earthquake and the 7th year of the resumption of Chigusa .

  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA

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 an owner of a jazz cafe 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.

  • Address
    2-94 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • TEL
  • Business Hour
    [Tue-Sat] 12: 00-22: 00 [Sun / Mon] 12: 00-18: 00
  • Service
  • Total number of seats
    20 seats