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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 readjustment. In 2010, the archive exhibition for three days for only three days, "There was no beauty in Noge!", Has raised the voice of revival, 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 situation in the area, 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's an article from Kanagawa Shimbun reporting the appearance of a man who gets out of records in the rubble. The master who was running a jazz cafe named "h. Imagine" in Rikuzentakata said that the shop, the audio equipment, the record, everything was lost by the tsunami, and it 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 Chigyu 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 shelter Yes, I could hand it over directly.

We also visited the place where "h. Imagine" was present with the guidance of the master, Mr. Sasayama. There are still tens of thousands of missing people, and the situation where the removal of rubble is untouched is hard to say, and it can not be seen 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 my hand 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. Although I went to the storefront first, there are no coffee shops, no valuable records collected with pains, nothing burned and no shadows or shapes. 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 the appearance of Edo Yoshida at this time 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 phonograph, a record and a coffee set in the shelter life. Chigusa 's fellows revisit Rikuzentakata and hold a "business trip jazz cafe Chigusa" with Ms. Sasayama. We tied up with Yokohama by the Internet broadcast, delivered the voices of the people who stand up to Kuwayama and the reconstruction, 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 people who love Chigusa , Chigusa was reopened on March 11 following the earthquake. The reason I dare to resume this day was to remember the disaster area and the disaster area. At Chigusa , we always report the current situation of Mr. Emei 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.
While snarling jazz in Tohoku, it is about to reach March 11, the eighth year of the earthquake, and the seventh year of Chigusa's resumption.

  • 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 Continued to be 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