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I want to go out because I have a place to stay. This is the best library in Japan!

居場所があるから出かけたくなる。これぞ日本一の図書館!

(TOP image) SS Co., Ltd. Toshihiko Kato

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File.8 Yamato Cultural Creation Center Sirius
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)

There is a banner that stands out when running on the Tomei Expressway.
So to speak, "the best library in Japan".
I went to "Yamato Cultural Creation Center Sirius" with an exciting invitation.

Official name, Yamato City Cultural Creation Center.
A cultural complex centered around a library, arts and culture hall, lifelong learning center, and indoor children's plaza.
It's better to call it with the nickname "Sirius" rather than writing it like this.
This is because the facility, which just opened on November 3, 2016, looks very stylish. It is in a good location, just a 3-minute walk from Yamato Station, where the Sotetsu Main Line and the Odakyu Enoshima Line intersect, so it's easy to mistake it for a shopping mall.

When you enter from the front entrance, the coffee shop and library space are neatly arranged. The floor with a colonnade is bright and full of openness, and moms pushing strollers come and go while chatting.
Is it a shopping mall after all?
With that in mind, when I picked up a book at hand, the classification sticker was affixed, so I was convinced that it was a library.
The library currently has about 410,000 books, so it is by no means a large library. However, I gradually became aware of the reason why I could declare this as "the best library in Japan".

When I visited, related books such as music and orchestra were featured in association with the information on the concert held in the main hall on the weekend.
It is said that such a complex project is planned by "Yamato Mirai", a designated consortium manager who operates Sirius. For example, if you hold a rakugo party in the hall, you can feature related books in the library, hold a course to learn more about rakugo at the Lifelong Learning Center, and hold "Okosama Rakugo" for children in the indoor children's open space. And so on.
It's a wonderful initiative that was unlikely.

This is the open area on the 2nd floor. On the other side of the atrium, there is also a paid space that can also be used as a second office.
Since the collection of books is distributed on each floor, it may be difficult to find the book you are looking for. However, it is one of the pleasures of the library to come across new books while wandering around. In fact, the figure of a person wandering around with coffee is also flickering ... Yes, at Sirius, you can drink anywhere.

The 3rd floor is "Yamato Children's Country".
At the Children's Library, where you can find picture books and picture-story shows, the bookshelves and chairs are all child-sized. The colors are also colorful, so it will be fun for adults to watch.
* Photo: SS Co., Ltd. Toshihiko Kato

The "Genkikko Square" in the back is a playground for parents and children from the age of 3 to the second grade of elementary school. You can play actively with the playset produced by the popular "Bornellund", so it is always crowded despite the charge.
The "Healthy City Library" on the 4th floor is an area unique to Sirius.
First of all, on the bookshelf of the "Health Corner", a wide range of health-related books are displayed beyond the general library classification. At the "Health Terrace", lectures on various themes are held every day from medical information to old-fashioned play, and there is also a "health visualization corner" equipped with a body composition meter and bone health measuring instrument. There was also an exhibition related to disaster prevention, and I felt that the theme of "health" was expanding.
What is surprising about Sirius is the number and variety of reading seats. There are 915 seats in total, from counter tables suitable for studying to sofas that make you want to take a nap. This is what happens when the concept of a "stay-type library" is properly shaped.
Whether you're a mom raising a child or an elderly person living alone, it's easy to find your place here.
* Photo: SS Co., Ltd. Toshihiko Kato

On the 5th floor, there is a reference counter where you can consult about research items, and the scenery that is most like a library spreads out. Perhaps because of the chic colors, even the behavior of standing is "library-like", so it's strange to be a human being.

And the 6th floor is the only floor without books. Meeting rooms that can be used by citizens are lined up. At "Platto Yamato," a public exchange space where you can eat and drink, high school students were working on their homework with their friends while eating sweets.
Beyond that line of sight, there are terrace seats with a nice view!
It's a little cold in winter, but when it gets warmer, I wanted to read a book here. With a cold drink.

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