Kanagawa Gallery Sanpo
Shino Yamamoto (Gallery Watts)
When asked "Do you like drinking alcohol?", I don't hesitate to answer "Yes!", But after hearing from the potter Asako Okamura, I've always wanted to go. There was a place.
Its name is "okeba". okeba is a tub, which represents a workshop that repairs and manufactures barrels and tools.
Gallery Sanpo hasn't become a sake brewery tour from this time (laughs).
This gallery shop is introduced by "okeba", which is located in the corner of the brewery "Kumazawa Sake Brewery", which was founded in the 5th year of Meiji and has only one remaining in Shonan.
At the entrance, there is an old sake bottle lined up as if to welcome visitors. After all it is unique to the brewery. Open the sliding door with a tasteful appearance and go inside with excitement.
In the space immediately after entering, an exhibition of siblings by Asako Okamura and Yutaro who taught okeba was being held. Hiratsuka is the hometown of the two, and they are familiar writers who hold this event every year. This space holds monthly exhibitions by artists of various genres.
Asako's work, "I prefer to express modeling with ceramic plates rather than making vessels," feels as comfortable as drawing a scene that captures everyday life.
On the other hand, Yutaro makes a wide range of pottery, from playful tastes to orthodox. In addition to his ceramic art activities, Yutaro served as the executive committee chairman of the popular event "Oiso Utsuwa no Hi" in Kanagawa Prefecture, and together with his fellow local potters, Hiroyuki Tomita, created a place where vessels and people meet. increase. This is the 9th time this year! It will be held around the end of October.
Asako Okamura (left) and Wakako Muraishi, the store manager, who have had a long relationship with okeba are like sisters.
By the way, when you enter the back, you will find a powerful large space. The warehouse, which has been used as a tub for over 100 years, has been renovated to handle crafts made by artists in the Shonan area, as well as vintage furniture and antique tools.
The shelves near the ceiling were packed with tools that had finished their role as sake brewers, leaving behind their remnants.
Rare old tools and cute and nostalgic items are lined up by the store manager Wakako Muraishi. He liked old tools and bought and wholesaled them under the name "Mononomeya", so he was assigned to the store manager because he had a connection with okeba.
It was discovered during the talk that Mr. Muraishi was a founding member of Mr. Tsukiyama, who was introduced last time. Apparently, he seems to be an indispensable person to liven up the Shonan area.
"Contemporary writers have the feelings of the creator, and the old tools have the feelings of the users of generations, and both of them feel" the richness of the heart that is indispensable to life. " Said Muraishi.
Certainly, everything lined up in this historic space has a tasteful wavelength and speaks for 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 aloud while raising children. There are so many fascinating books that you can touch the culture that you will be interested in chaining one book after another. If you inadvertently, it will take a few hours just here.
“We are introducing things in a wide variety of genres, so I hope you can enjoy your life by discovering things that make you feel sympathy while wandering around slowly,” says Muraishi.
By the way, on the site where okeba is located, trattorias and cafes run by Kumazawa Sake Brewery, and bakeries that make use of brewer's yeast are gathered like a small village. The entrance covered with big trees makes you feel like you're lost in another world, whether it's Alice in Wonderland or the story of Narnia.
Kumazawa Sake Brewery's "Shonan Beer" is famous, but local farm beer using fruits from local farmers is also popular. Luckily, I was able to order "Kataura Lemon Ale" which was just released. Then, only one cup (laughs).
Homemade sausage with juicy and strong umami goes great with refreshing lemon beer!
Take a break with a delicious meal and sake unique to the kuramoto, then return to okeba and have a good time ... You can see that many customers enjoy the day slowly like that.
It is reliable to see the sake brewing place that has continued for more than 150 years further fostering local culture, and as I imagine the richness of the heart that will be passed down for the next 100 years, I feel romantic, and the second cup. I had a beer.
7-10-7 Kagawa, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 253-0082
Opening hours: Weekdays 11: 00-17: 00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11: 00-18: 00
(Business hours are subject to change)
Closed days: 3rd Tuesday (excluding August and December)
* There is a parking lot
▶ ︎10 minutes walk from "Kagawa" station on the JR Sagami line
* Okamura Sister and Brother Ceramics Exhibition will be held until May 15th (Wednesday)