Kanagawa Gallery Walk
File.6 Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts
Shino Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)
This time we will introduce from Oiso. Speaking of Oiso, Oiso Long Beach!
Not only that, but there are also the largest number of tunnel tombs from the end of the Kofun period in Japan, Mt. It's a town where eight successive prime ministers, including Shigeru Yoshida, have lived, making it a perfect place for strolling through nature, culture, and history.
In addition, I heard that there was an interesting corner in the gallery walk, so I went to Oiso in winter for the first time. Maybe it's because I have a strong image of summer, but I wondered if I was the only one who felt colder, but it was because it was a momentary winter day in the suburbs of Tokyo.
The destination was a 2-minute walk from the station, but I couldn't get there.
I was able to know that it was the birthplace of the beach because I made a mistake on the road (laughs).
According to the tourist information site of Oiso Town, Oiso was ranked number one in a national poll conducted by the Nippon Shimbun in 1909 for the top 100 summer resorts in Japan. The purpose of Oiso Beach, which was established by Jun Matsumoto, the first Army Surgeon General, is to promote health and recovery. It was different from the current sense of leisure.
Now, let's correct our trajectory and head to our destination, "Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts." It was right next to the station. On the store's website, there is a "detailed directions" that carefully shows directions with pictures, so if you have no sense of direction, please tap on it. (I wish I had known that sooner...)
This place where you can smell the atmosphere of the Showa era is one of the rumors.
The 70-year-old building used to be a bar called "Gassan", which was used by former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida's reporters.
When you go inside, you will see the Ajiro ceiling and the earthen floor. A counter reminiscent of a standing bar, a mirror with the words “Tsukiyama Sanko” written on it, a letterpress printing machine, a writing desk and a Japanese chest of drawers in the tatami room, etc. It's already a retro parade. As much as possible, the interior remains the same.
It is said that people who have lived in this neighborhood for a long time often bring medicine boxes and tool boxes, saying, "I don't need them anymore," and inherit them.
At first glance, Tsukiyama looks like an antique store, but it is also a select shop that mainly sells crafts by artists active in the Oiso area.
At the same time, the design office, gallery, workshop, etc., have become a place to transmit designs from various aspects. The store is run by 14 people, including writers and designers, and Mr. Kazuki Sato of AUI-AO Design, who has been involved since the shop was launched in 2014, is especially focused on communicating the appeal of letterpress printing. If you make a reservation, you can also make business cards with letterpress printing.
The store also sells paper goods designed by Mr. Sato. Cards in the shape of coffee filters and rice balls are printed with letterpress to give them a unique look. It is unique to letterpress printing that it feels soft and warm when touched.
In addition to the attractiveness of letterpress, Mr. Sato says, "I am conscious of designing something with a twist that makes the person who holds it use their head."
All of them are stylish and make you laugh. I feel like giving someone a present or writing a letter.
Tsukiyama's role is to be a permanent store for artists participating in Oiso Market, which is held on the third Sunday of the month at Oiso Port. People who can't go to the city can meet unique works here.
In a room on the second floor that Nakai-san used, there was an array of handicrafts such as pottery by the artist selected by the owner of the gallery "Nanohana" in Odawara and old cloth.
Bright room with good sunlight. I wonder if the waitresses were taking a break here while lying down or chatting with rice crackers in one hand.
When you go to the back, you can see the name "GALLERY Bathroom", making use of the detached building that used to be a bathroom.
It seems that it will be used for solo exhibitions and events, but YOMORU's felt art exhibition was just being held. A tourist who happened to stop by Oiso said, "Beautiful!" It seems that it came from New Zealand, the home of wool, what a coincidence.
Aiko Toriumi, the leader of YOMORU who smiles in front of the work, is also a member of the Tsukiyama staff. Born and raised in Oiso, three children are growing up in their hometown. After this, he ran to a nearby elementary school saying, "It's an open day."
When you look at it, there are pottery flowers in the grass at your feet. Local potter Asako Okamura's play is perfect for this courtyard!
Opposite the bathroom is "Chayamachi cafe & deli" and "Lee's Bread", a bakery that specializes in natural yeast and pesticide-free bread. Sitting on the porch, you can smell the freshly baked bread.
"Chayamachi cafe & deli" seems to have rare black teas, and I ordered the recommended First Flush Castleton. Castleton Tea Estate is the highest peak in Darjeeling. Along with that, I had a cardamom roll from "Lee's Bread".
This is a popular bread in Sweden. Both were my first experiences, and the cardamom was a spice, but just the right amount.
Originally, Tsukiyama started with a plan to make use of Oiso City and this property and connect it to urban development.
Seeing the parents and children who came to buy bread one after another, I felt a warm sense of happiness as I headed home, knowing that I had become a corner loved by the locals.
Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts
1156 Oiso, Oiso Town, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture 255-0003
Opening hours: 11:00-17:00 Closed: Mondays
▶︎Get off at JR Oiso Station. 2 minutes on foot