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

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 
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I'm immersed in jazz tonight
File.6 Rikuzentakata "h. Imagine"
Mayuko Shinmura (Jazz Cafe Chigusa)

Chigusa was closed once in 2007 due to regional land readjustment. In 2010, the three-day archive exhibition "Noge had a chance !" Raised the revival, but there was no money or manpower. Only the time was flowing, with the uncertain state of "Which ...

The tsunami that hit the Tohoku region on that day caused many casualties and destroyed the town.
When I was in Noge, I saw the local disaster situation, but I couldn't do anything but just felt helpless.

And April. When the media started reporting details, I saw a single photo. It is an article of the Kanagawa Shimbun that reports a man standing on record in rubble. The master, who was running a jazz cafe called "h. Imagine" in Rikuzentakata, lost all stores, audio equipment, records, and everything due to the tsunami, and still hopes for a resurgence.
A jazz cafe ... records ... I saw the list of characters, and even though I couldn't help, I immediately called out to Chigusa officials and the town and planned a charity event. We hold a flea market, raise funds, and call for donations of records. It was a one-day event, but with the help of many people, we immediately went to Rikuzentakata with our sales, donations and records. Meet the master at the evacuation center gym I was able to hand it directly.

I visited the place where "h. Imagine" was located, guided by Master Toyama. There are still tens of thousands of missing people, and the situation of removing rubble remains untouched, making it hard to look straight ahead. There was no trace of jazz flowing, and the mask could not be removed due to the smell of rancidity in the dust.
In this place, jazz ... At the very least, drop a needle on the record on a player brought from Yokohama.
"Don't Be That Way" by Benny Goodman.
Cheerful big bands and clarinet swings echo in the rubble town. It was a strange sight, but a sound reminiscent of the story of Mamoru Yoshida.

When Chigusa 's founder, Yoshida Mae , returned from postwar conscription, the town of Yokohama was burnt by a raid. Despite heading to the shop ruins, the coffee shop, the precious records collected with pains, everything became scorched and there was no shadow or shape. However, the sound of jazz from the occupied army broadcast inspired the desire to reappear in jazz cafe Chigusa .

This story is a passage from the “Yokohama Jazz Story,” but this time the appearance of Mamoru Yoshida and Mr. Toyama, who was damaged in Rikuzentakata, overlapped.
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After that, Toyama went to other shelters energetically with a phonograph, a record and a coffee set while living in a shelter. Chigusa 's friends revisited Rikuzentakata and held a "business trip jazz cafe Chigusa" with Toyama. He connected with Yokohama via an online broadcast and delivered and talked with Mr. Toyama and the voices of the people who were starting up for recovery.
At that time, I was going to send an ale from Yokohama. But in retrospect , it may be that Chigusa was sending the ale. We must not end the story of Chigusa revived by Yoshida Mamoru from the scorched earth that has lost everything.

With the help of many people who love Chigusa , Chigusa resumed on March 11, the year following the earthquake. I decided to reopen this day to remember the disaster and the affected areas. Chigusa always reports the status of Toyama and other affected areas every year.

"Jazz" also includes the slang term "liveness." It may mean not only musical meaning but also life and life itself.
With jazz in Tohoku, the 8th year of the earthquake, and the 7th year of Chigusa reopening, is set to arrive on March 11.

    Founded in 1933 (1933). One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. The founder, Mamoru Yoshida, has been `` making a store to listen to the sound '' since its founding, not only as a jazz cafe owner, but also deeply involved in the music scene in Yokohama as a planning and guardian, and his life is the last Until jazz. It is currently operated as a general incorporated foundation.

    • Address
      2-94 Nogecho, 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