Fully charged with the brewery that spins time!
Kanagawa gallery walk
Shimo Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)
When asked, "Do you like to drink?", I don't hesitate to say, "Yes!", but I'm a potter, Asako Okamura, and I want to go there forever. There was a place.
Its name is "okeba". The okeba is a tub, and represents a workshop for repairing and manufacturing sake barrels and tools.
Gallery Sanpo hasn't become a brewery tour since this time (laughs).
This is a gallery shop introduced by "okeba" in the corner of the brewery "Kumazawa Sake Brewery", which was founded in 1905 and is the only one remaining in Shonan.
At the entrance, there are old sake bottles lined up as if to welcome visitors. After all it is only brewery. Open the sliding door with its elegant appearance, and enter while being excited.
In the space immediately after entering, there was an exhibition of ceramics by Asako Okamura and Yutaro, who taught me okeba. Hiratsuka is a local artist, and two of them are familiar artists who hold it every year. Monthly exhibitions by artists of various genres are held in this space.
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Asako-san's work, “I prefer to express the shape on a ceramic plate rather than making a container,” feels like drawing a scene that captures everyday life.
On the other hand, Mr. Yutaro makes a wide range of ceramics, from a playful taste to orthodox school. In addition to pottery activities, Mr. Yutaro is the executive committee chair of the popular event "Oiso Utsuwa no Hi" in Kanagawa Prefecture, and together with fellow local potter Hiroyuki Tomita, he creates a place where vessels and people meet. I will. What a 9th time this year! It will be held around the end of October.
Asako Okamura (left), who has been with okeba for a long time, and Wakako Muraishi, the store manager, are like sisters.
The shelves near the ceiling were full of tools that finished the role of sake brewing, leaving behind the remnants of them.
Rare old tools and cute and nostalgic items are lined up by the store manager Wakako Muraishi. He likes old tools and was buying and wholesale at the shop name "Mononomeya", so he said that he had a relationship with okeba and was entrusted with the store manager.
It was discovered during the conversation that Mr. Muraishi was a founding member of "Tsukiyama" introduced last time. Apparently, he is an indispensable person to boost the Shonan area.
“Modern writers have thought of the creator,The ingredients are filled with the thoughts of users for generations, and I feel that both have the "richness of heart that is essential to our lives," says Muraishi.
Certainly, every line in this historic space has its own wavelength, and we talk about it.
There is a picture book and old book corner on the 2nd floor, and there is also a valuable picture book that the owner of okeba himself collected by reading while he was raising a child. There is a fascinating collection of books that touches the culture so that you can't be overwhelmed by the fact that when you pick up one book, it will be linked one after another. If you carelessly, it seems that it will be a few hours lightly here.
“I'm introducing you to a wide variety of genres, so I hope that you can enjoy your life by enjoying things that you feel sympathy while walking around slowly,” says Muraishi.
By the way, on the site where okeba is located, trattorias and cafes run by Kumazawa Sake Brewery and bakeries utilizing brewer's yeast gather like a small village. The entrance covered with big trees is like Alice in Wonderland or the story of Narnia, as if you were lost in another world.
Kumazawa Sake Brewery's "Shonan Beer" is famous, but local farm beer using fruits from local farmers is also popular. Lucky thingWe were able to order "Kataura Lemon Ale" which has just been released. Then only one cup (laughs).
Homemade sausages with a juicy and deep flavor, the perfect combination of refreshing lemon beer!
It's easy to see that there are many customers who take a break with a delicious meal and sake unique to the brewery and then return to okeba and have a good time.
It is reliable that the sake brewing place that has continued for more than 150 years has further cultivated the local culture, and as you imagine the richness of the spirit that will continue for the next 100 years, you will feel a romantic mood and have a second drink. Had a beer in hand.
7-10-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 253-0082 Japan
Opening hours: Weekdays 11:00-17:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11:00-18:00
(Business hours may change)
Closed day: Third Tuesday (except August and December)
▶︎10 minutes walk from JR Kagawa Station on the Sagami Line
*Okamura sibling exhibition will be held until May 15 (Wednesday)
At the time of its founding, this store was a renovated warehouse called Okeba, which was a workshop for repairing and manufacturing sake barrels and tools. On the 1st floor, we sell the works of artists and artists in the Shonan area permanently, and sell vintage furniture and old tools. On the 2nd floor , there is an old book corner centered on picture books and sale of old tools.
Address7-10-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business HourWeekdays 11:00-17:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11:00-18:00 (business hours may change)
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