A warm place where you can strike up a conversation when you wander by.


Kanagawa Gallery Stroll
File.6 Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts
Shino Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)

This time we will introduce from Oiso. Speaking of Oiso, it's Oiso Long Beach!
...Not only that, it has the largest number of side tombs from the end of the Kofun period in Japan, Mt. Koma, which tells the story of the Sengoku period, and is the eighth post town of the 53 stations on the Tokaido. It is a town where eight successive prime ministers, including Shigeru Yoshida, lived, making it a perfect place for a stroll through nature, culture, and history.

In addition, I heard that there was an interesting part of Gallery Walk, so I went to Oiso in winter for the first time. I thought maybe I was the only one who felt colder because of the strong image of summer, but it turned out to be a winter day in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Even though my destination was a 2-minute walk from the station, I couldn't get there...
I was able to learn that it was the birthplace of beaches because I took one wrong turn (lol)

According to Oiso Town's tourist information website, Oiso was ranked number one in a nationwide poll of the top 100 summer resorts in Japan conducted by the Nippon Shimbun in 1909. The purpose of Oiso Beach, which was established by Jun Matsumoto, the first Army Surgeon General, was to promote health and recovery. It was different from the current sense of leisure.

Now, I changed course and headed towards my destination, Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts. It was right next to the station. The store's website has ``detailed directions'' that provide detailed directions with photos, so if you have no sense of direction, please click there. (I wish I had realized that sooner...)

This is a place where the scent of the Showa era wafts through the air, making it a popular spot.
The 70-year-old building was once a bar called Gassan, and was used by former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida's reporters.
When you enter, you will find an Ajiro ceiling and a dirt floor. It's already a retro parade, with a counter reminiscent of a standing bar, a mirror with the words ``Gassan Sane'' written on it, a letterpress printing machine, and a writing desk and Japanese chest of drawers in the tatami room. As much as possible, the interior remains as it was in the past.
People who have lived in this area for a long time often bring medicine boxes, prop boxes, and other items to us because they don't need them anymore.

At first glance, Tsukiyama looks like a second-hand goods store, but it is actually a select shop that mainly sells crafts by artists active in the Oiso area.
At the same time, it has become a place to disseminate design from various aspects, including a design office, gallery, and workshop. The store is manned by 14 people, including writers and designers, and Kazuki Sato of AUI-AO Design, who has been involved with the store since its launch in 2014, is especially focused on promoting the appeal of letterpress printing. If you make a reservation, you can also have your business cards made with letterpress printing.
Paper products designed by Mr. Sato are also sold in the store. Cards in the shape of coffee filters and rice balls have concavities and convexities pressed with letterpress to give them a typical look. When you touch it, it feels fluffy, gentle and warm, which is something unique to letterpress printing.
In addition to the appeal of letterpress, Mr. Sato says, ``I try to design something with a twist that will make the person who holds it use their brain.''
All of them are stylish and will make you laugh. It makes me feel like giving someone a present or writing a letter.
Tsukiyama also serves as a permanent store for artists participating in the Oiso Market, which is held at Oiso Port on the third Sunday of the month. For those who can't go to the market, you can find unique works here.
In the room on the second floor that was said to have been used by the waitress, there were many handmade items such as pottery made by artists and old cloth selected by the owner of the gallery ``Nanohana'' in Odawara.
A bright room with good sunlight. I wonder if the Nakai-san were taking a break here, lying around or chatting with rice crackers in hand.

When you go to the back, you will find the aptly named ``GALLERY Bathroom'', which takes advantage of the fact that it was once a bathroom.
It seems that it will be used for solo exhibitions and events, and YOMORU's felt art exhibition was currently being held. A tourist who happened to stop by Oiso said, ``Beautiful!'' Apparently it came from New Zealand, the home of wool, so what a coincidence.

Aiko Toriumi, who runs YOMORU and smiles in front of her work, is also a member of the Tsukiyama staff. She was born and raised in Oiso, and her three children are growing up in her hometown. After this, he ran to the nearby elementary school, saying, ``It's visiting day.''

When I looked down, I saw ceramic flowers in the grass at my 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 uses natural yeast and pesticide-free bread. As you sit on the verandah, you can smell the delicious aroma of baking bread.
"Chayamachi Cafe & Deli" is said to have a selection of rare teas, so I ordered the highly recommended First Flush Castleton. Castleton Tea Garden is said to be the pinnacle of Darjeeling. To go with it, I received a cardamom roll from Lee's Bread.
This is a popular bread in Sweden. This was my first experience with both, and the cardamom was a spice but had just the right amount of flavor, and the black tea had a gentle flavor, making for a relaxing tea time.

Tsukiyama originally began with the idea of utilizing Oiso City and this property and linking it to town development.
As I watched parents and children come one after another to buy bread, I felt happy and happy, knowing that I had become a part of the area that was loved by the local community.

《Gallery information》
Tsukiyama Arts & Crafts

1156 Oiso, Oiso-cho, Naka-gun, Kanagawa 255-0003
Opening days: 11:00-17:00 Closed on Mondays

▶︎Get off at JR Oiso Station. 2 minutes walk

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