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"H. Imagine" and "Chigusa" to think on March 11

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 

Jazz soaking in tonight
File.6 Rikuzentakata "h. Imagine"
Reiko Shinmura (Jazz Cafe Chigusa)

Chigusa closed once in 2007 due to regional land consolidation. In 2010, the archive exhibition for three days for only three days, "There was no beauty in Noge!", But the voice of revival increased, but there is neither money nor manpower. Only the time had flowed in the unclear state of "Someday ..." "If I could resume someday ..."---March 11, 2011, until the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred.

On this day, the tsunami that hit the Tohoku region caused many victims and destroyed the rootless town.
Even though I was in Noge, I saw the local disaster situation, but I had no way to do it, and I was just struck by helplessness.

And April. When the media began to report details, I saw one photo. It is an article in Kanagawa Shimbun reporting the appearance of a man who is standing out in the rubble. The master who ran a jazz cafe named "h. Imagine" in Rikuzentakata said that the shop, the audio equipment and the records lost everything by the tsunami, and they still expressed hope for resurgence.
Jazz cafe ... records ... I saw the list of the letters, and I can not help it, I immediately call a Chigashi related people and the town to plan a charity event. Hold a flea market, raise funds and call for donations of records. It was an event only for one day, but with the cooperation of many people, I brought the sales, donations and records to Rikuzentakata immediately. Meet the master at the gymnasium at the evacuation site Yes, I could hand it over directly.

I also visited the place where "h. Imagine" was present with the guidance of Master Ms. Emei. There are still tens of thousands of missing people, and the situation where the removal of rubble is still untouched is hard to say, and it can not be viewed right away. There was no evidence that jazz was flowing, and I could not remove the mask because it smelled in the dustiness.
In this place, I put jazz on my mind ... and put 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 resonate high in the rubble town. It was a strange scene, but it was a sound that reminded me of Yoshida's story.

When Chigusa 's founder, Mamoru Yoshida, returned from the postwar postwar period, the town in Yokohama was burnt out in a large air raid. I went to the storefront first, but the coffee shop, the precious records I collected with pains, everything was burnt earth and there was neither a shadow nor a form. However, the sound of jazz flowing from the occupation forces broadcast was inspired to think of the jazz cafe Chigusa comeback.

This story is a passage in the "Yokohama Jazz Story", but it was when Yoshie Yoshida and the figure of Mr. Sasayama, who suffered from Rikuzentakata, overlapped.
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After that, Mr. Enoyama kept going to other shelters energetically, carrying a gramophone, a record, and a coffee set in the shelter life. Chigusa 's fellows revisit Rikuzentakata and hold a "business trip jazz cafe Chigusa" with Mr. Sasayama. We tied up with Yokohama by the Internet broadcast, delivered the voices of the people who stand up to Mr. Hatakeyama and revival, and talked.
At that time I intended to send ale from Yokohama. With hindsight but, had sent the ale might have had was people of Chigusa. Don't let the story of Chigusa come back from the scorched earth that Yoshida lost from the loss of everything.

Thanks to the support of many Chigusa lovers, Chigusa was reopened on March 11 following the earthquake. The reason I dare to resume this day is to remember the disaster area and the disaster area. In Chigusa , we always report the current situation of Mr. Kiriyama and other affected areas at each anniversary.

"Jazz" also includes the meaning of "lively" in slang. It may not only mean music but also life and life itself.
It is about to reach March 11th, the eighth year after the earthquake, and the seventh year of Chigisa's resumption, while singing jazz to Tohoku.

  • Place
    Jazzz Café CHIGUSA

    Founded in 1933. One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. Since its founding, Mamoru Yoshida, who was the founder, has been making "a store to listen to sounds" and is deeply involved not only as a jazz cafe owner but also as a planner and guardian in Yokohama's music scene, whose life is last It kept being with jazz until. It is currently operated as a general foundation.

    • Shop / Place name
      Jazz Cafe Chigusa
    • Address
      2-94 Nogecho Naka-ku Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      【Tue-Sat】 12: 00〜22: 00 【Sun ・ Mon】 12: 00〜18: 00
    • Service
    • Total number of seats
      20 seats