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Ryu Miho's "Woman in Jazz ♡" 6th Noge Jazz café "Chikusa" "Listen to the space where time has been carved with Jazz and the people"

Ryu: "Woman in Jazz ♡" is delivered with concepts that women want to feel easy to go to jazz houses and jazz cafes, and want to go again.

Mr. Fujisawa: Actually, I also want a woman's guest to come and I can withdraw the Santiku that came from Jazz on Monday. I have one candy ball. That's it.

Ryu: It's nice, it feels like ladies' day.
Actually, I've been there several times, but this appearance has the impression of being a historic shop engraved with time with jazz, but tell me about the history of building this shop Please give me.

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Mr. Fujisawa: I closed the shop once in January 2007. This is said that Mr. Yoshida caught up with development of a condominium and he said, "I would like to buy a record as much as purchasing land." As a result, after Mr. Yoshida died, my sister Takako took over and was operating for a few years with members of the volunteer Chigusa party, but there was a evacuation contact. I could fight if I tried to fight, but unfortunately Takako got tired. Members of the Chisukasa party were also helping after the death of Mr. Yoshida but closed the shop once. That is 2007. At that time there was a person like a jazz volunteer who told me "I will take over the chisels of the Chigusa's belongings." Material from the record from the player, if it got lost anything, we will pick it up. The members of the Oita Chiyusasa party were quite controversial.

rgin – bottom: 30px; "> I will close the shop once, but someday I want to revive, so somehow I left behind the remains for that day.If you say so, that speakers are great for all this as well And since the players also have quite a volume, it's a story about what to do, and a lot of people have taken care of it for a long time.
It means that I spent five years while it was in a while.

The central library, the parking lot of the JRA horse race world, or the town creation meeting lastly said that "Because this is an important asset for the wild hairs" and keeping them keeping in good faith by various people First of all it was the biggest.
In such a case, while a place called Noge Hana * Hana is active in the activity of the town, there was a story saying "Why did everyone forget the matter of chikusa", and there was a person who especially speculated about Chisa . And I restored the Chigusa one day in the form of an event with the actual size.

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The material when dismantling Chigusa at that time appeared in the form of a picture.
Chigusa of old days was a building which was very old and broke easily on the second floor of wooden building, but when I broke I was taking pictures. That's a tremendous number. There were hundreds of them. I redesigned the design drawing based on that picture and made what I restored to the size of 70% to Hana * Hana. At that time, about 1,700 people came for business in 10 days.

Searching for a shop started from there saying whether to end with one such event.
If I was looking for a place to restart Chigusa seriously, I just happened to be free next door. Originally it was an old bar, I had it for 10 years since I closed it, but somehow it got in touch with the ownerI found the place and borrowed the place was the summer of 2011.

Prior to that, in the midst of the Great East Japan Earthquake, our familiar jazz fellows suffered a disaster, happened to be on the Kanagawa newspaper, pulling out a record from the rubble, "I can not lose this I will definitely restart it again. "I read the article by Mr. Toyama at h.IMAGINE, and we were inspired.
I guess we will not be able to do either. With five body satisfaction, in such a downtown area, how many blessings are there with this companion? Let's resume with them! When. h. It was that Mr. Toyama of IMAGINE would set up a shop again at the Ofunato, so we also moved it together with our goal.

And that Yokohama City will use the support system, use empty stores, be support of the afflicted areas. So while submitting a plan to Yokohama City and receiving assistance, rent assistance is half, but it did for 1 year.
It was an unfortunate event of the earthquake in such a form for one year, but it is that this shop resumed by receiving other power with it as a machine, and the store started.

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Ryu: That's right, then the shop opens in March 2012.

Mr. Fujisawa: Well, it will be resumed together with the ship of Funato. However, because Ofunato was serious and the land itself was thrown away, we are doing a bulk rise in a wide range.
Since then I have been building up a shop for 6 years and finished with the foundation work and I am working as a temporary shop while moving and I think that a full-fledged shop will be resumed next year.
I am in touch with Mr. Toyama on March 11 this yearHow old are you after that? I think that I will continue to talk with them and continue together.

Ryu: For Chigusa h. IMAGINE is like a brother shop.

Mr. Fujisawa: Well, I'm sorry, but for us it is not only to be pushed back, but also to be a force by receiving the impact of being kicked from behind.

Ryu: That's right. There is a strong bond that encourages each other.
Mr. Yoshida's "How to make a shop for listening to sound" What kind of measures have been devised to make a shop?

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Mr. Fujisawa: For us, securing a place first is top priority, we have not thoughtfully honestly good good for acoustics. However, although it happened by chance, it means that there are old shops that are not inferior to the original Chisaka. So, basically I did not handle it. Do not put your hands, because there is a second floor, I put a bottle of pipes down because I'm having trouble coming down.
It is funny and sounds familiar.
There was a speaker, there was a player, there was an amplifier, actually it felt that I gradually became familiar with somewhere, including not only that but also buildings.
In the wooden house like this I feel like something like this will absorb it gently while absorbing, maybe it will visually return to the senses as well.
Especially hands are not added.

Ryu: I'm listening and thinking that the sound is good. It sounds kind and deep.

Ryu: Audio was designed and produced by Mr. Hiroyuki Takahashi (engineer of Victor Company). Although it seems to be the original containing the name of Chigusa, is there any time since Mr. Yoshida?

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Mr. Fujisawa: Yes. Mr. Yoshida received a call in 1945. It is a translation pulled by the battlefield. While it is not, all of this part is burned in Yokohama Great Air Raid in April 1954.
Everything he kept in mind is lost there.
He returns home fortunately, but there is nothing in it.
Even so I want to do jazz. I want you to listen and want to listen together. So that old group of people at the time wanted to go and gathered.
People who bring records, people who can handle sound equipment, people gathered in various places and made it. I cherish the result of that fruition.
Even if it is a speaker, amp, player, everyone gathers up, the contents change little by little, but even now I take care of it.

Just saying from a detailed person of the sound, it is useless, it is told that you should change all parts, but there are also circumstances that I can not easily change because of that kind of circumstances.
It might be told that it is impossible for us to listen to such customers purely as sounds. However, there is a person who still has some noise, including Chigusa, which is the sound of Chikusa. For a while yet Chigasa modelI think I will go on.

Ryu: I think it's wonderful. There are many people listening to the sound of the Chikusa seriously as I enter the Chisuga, I am still still, but as usual, the customers often listen to the sounds are not they?

Mr. Fujisawa: I wonder, this too. Since jazz was originally a music for enjoying and dancing as well, Mr. Chigusa would be responsible for Ms. Yoshida (lol), because there was a quiet place to listen quietly, so it became that kind of feeling Because there is also.
When you come to this shop, you can talk about speaking, but sometimes you can not chat in a coffee shop, it is good, is free. Here we are exchanging and doing the standstill, so the correspondence is different depending on the person.

Ryu: That's right, I got easier to join with listening to it (laugh).
How many records are there now?

Mr. Fujisawa: It's about 3000 sheets. There are things that have not yet been issued. Originally there were about 6000 prints, which was halved. The rest is in the underground warehouse in Sakuragi-cho. It is said that elderly fans of old age can pick up it. Those people know about Chigusa by newspaper or mass media and call me. Actually my dad is leaving this, is not it? And.
As much as possible I try to get it.
Of course there are things to dub, but it is okay if there are things that can be frightened when listening many times.
Sometimes things will come out occasionally.

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Ryu: FujisawaDid he listen to jazz?

Mr. Fujisawa: I did not listen at all, but I lived in the neighborhood of a jazz cafe, Chigurasa, which was located in Noge 1 chome. Just to restart the shop here, I think that it is one of the pipes for such association that I had to get the cooperation and support of local people.

Ryu: That 's right, it is only strange stories that do not appear on the net. How do you usually choose music?

Mr. Fujisawa: When Yusa who became the chairman of the last Chigusa society in the sense of selection says the opening on March 11, 2012, "What are you going to do?", "I have already decided Bill Evans My Foolish Heart "I said. Mr. Yoshida is my favorite song, and when I opened a shop without fail, I started with this song.
So when we opened our shop for the first time in 5 years, we decided this song. I actually did so.
Mr. Yoshida sometimes liked the song, and he seems to see the tone of the record player with this song.
If you do the same adjustment with the same adjustment, you will know that it is different today or somewhere wrong.
So it is a tradition to say that Chiguza's tradition is to start a shop with this song that is also a favorite song in that aspect. And after that, the customer gets over it and it is not a lottery, though it is spending this (laugh). There is nothing in particular.

Ryu: That's right. There are many requests.

Mr. Fujisawa: Yes, there are plenty. Half of it is a request, half is just to listen, is not it? Everyone is detailed.
Conversely tell me the names of musicians you do not know. It makes me record that I have never heard. This is a pleasant story. It is an unexpected gift.

Ryu: You are doing live, do you regularly hold a live performance?

Mr. Fujisawa: I did it every week until last year, but now it is about twice a month. Still there are many people who want to do with Chigusa. If the child of Okinawa decides to do with Chigusa, please cry. It seemed to me that Chigusa is so much more than that we think that role or existence in the world of jazz is invisible. That is why I think that I want to release as much as possible although there are business issues.

Ryu: It is a shop loved by various people both for customers and musicians too.

Mr. Fujisawa: Yes. In Yokohama, I want to support especially young musicians, such as having to take over to the younger generation, so that I do not lose something that Mr. Yoshida has cultivated in the wild in an easy form. That was Yoshida's dream of enriching Japanese jazz.
Because it is impossible just for a coffee shop, it is hard to have a laboratory, organize a jazz-related event, organize such a job, or have to work together in a town.
Under such circumstances, paid staff and volunteers support each other.
People who have favorite music and coffee and have fun members coming to visit are enough for such people to strengthen the fundamental part.

I think that jazz tea ceremony is not established in this era.
However, Chigusa has many circumstances that it is inevitable, many people often cooperate because many people want to go. I am involved in making use of each special skill.
It is that the backgrounds of various people, including the record packing experts and coffee brewing, are involved in Chikusa.
So somehow barely been continuing for six years.

Ryu: It is truly wonderful that Chigusa is made by the power and thought of many people.

Ryu: Please give a message to the female reader at the end.

Mr. Fujisawa: Recently many young ladies come by themselves. There are a lot of people who are interested in movies, want to read novels, or those who want to spend one person's time slowly.
Do not think of complicated things, think that what you think is really good is a good thing, be comfortable.

Ryu: I will ask again. Thank you very much!

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How was it. The 6th "Woman in Jazz ♡"
I have been to the historic space, Noge jazz café Chigusa.
The story which is not included in the net I heard this time was the thought and action of many people who made the current Chigusa and protected it.
You may spend a single time while immersing in that space, and you may see an important feeling.
Please come and visit Chigusa and have time.

Jazz tea chestnut (Noge)

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