Kanagawa Gallery Walk
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( Shino Yamamoto / Galerie Watts)
Every year I say, "It's too hot this year!" It's a little cooler and I'm relieved, but I'm still on my guard.
In this season, shaved ice is the best helper.
So let's go to the gallery where shaved ice is also a specialty!
"gallery a" is located near Aobadai Station on the Den-en-toshi Line. Beneath the sleek iron logo, a beckoning flag swings. Am I the only one who gets excited just by looking at the iconic bright red ice letters?
Because I was drenched in sweat, I decided to go “Nama for the time being!” and “Uji Kintoki!”
The shaved ice of gallery a is particular about "fluffy", and the ice is shaved with a very thin blade. The beauty of ice that piles up in a glass container!
And of course the syrup is handmade. The recipe for sleet honey is a top secret. The Uji Kintoki that I ordered is homemade, with carefully dissolved matcha and slowly cooked azuki beans. It has an exquisite balance of bitterness and sweetness and is gentle.
It looks like a food report, but here is shaved ice that can only be found in a gallery that sticks to the spirit of craftsmanship.
Now that I've calmed down, let's take a leisurely look around the gallery. Comfortable linen clothes, cotton cut and sewn clothes, baskets woven from wild grape vines. At this time of year, the annual summer items are lined up so that you can spend the summer comfortably.
And for some reason, on the other side of the store is a black corner.
“Actually, there seem to be many Buddhist memorial services in the summer, and we've had requests from customers for some time, saying, 'I want something nice for summer formal wear,'” says the owner.
I see, there was such a background that it was all black.
A summer formal style that is "light but has the character of an adult." I also loved the sharkskin bag that you can have for a lifetime.
Then, if you move your eyes, you can see the energetic painting of Miroko Machiko behind the lighting of Tobimatsu Pottery, which has a beautiful translucent porcelain.
gallery a is a select shop at one time, a gallery at another time, and a movie screening at another time.
The flexible yet unwavering concept is "a place where craftsmanship and creators' aspirations are carefully conveyed."
In autumn, a pottery exhibition by ceramic artist Nobuyuki Ishioka, who has many fans, is being planned.
Oh yeah, shaved ice can be eaten until after mid-September, unless it gets cold very quickly.
23-8 Tsutsujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
*Opening hours: 11:00-18:00
*Open on Tuesdays
▶︎Get off at Aobadai Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line. 6 minutes on foot