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Ryu Miho's "Woman in Jazz" 5th Minton House (JR Ishikawacho Station)

Ryu: The moment I opened the door, the ones that came into my eyes were records lined up in a rack. How many pieces are there?


Oidon: There are about 3500 pieces now. The 1975 opening began at over 200, but it was easy to get records freely at that time, and there weren't so many things like now, and I think it will be a CD in the 90's But I think there were about 3500 pieces at that stage.

Ryu: Aren't you buying records after being selected?

Oidon: That's right, but there is something like a staple that you have to put in place while doing Jazz. There was a way to arrange such things, and those who have arranged the previous album at that time are like a blue-hop, a standard, a prestige or a riverside, so it is like hip hop There were no stuff at that time, so in 75 years an album that almost crossed over came out and I started to align ECM system (ECM record). It takes a lot of time, effort and money to buy standard items, but we have collected fusions like Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and so on. At that time, the people who came to the shops were teenagers and twenties of the fusion generation, so there are many shops of Jazz in Yokohama, so young people have to huddle the shops of Jazz In a good time when people gather without having to do anything commercialdid.

Ryu: How did the customers gather and look inside the store?


Oidon: At that time, if I put a white bill of Suntory on the table and put ice and water on it, I felt that four or five people would fill the table and fill their seats. At that time it was easy to make. If you put a bottle, you will have a seat.
That was how I felt I could wait, even if I thought I was busy, even if the ice basket was not put on the table.

Ryu: It's been recently that one by one has been ordered.

Oidon: That's right.

Ryu: I think that it is less likely to be able to come as a group of 4 or 5 people in the Jazz Cafe like in the times of the time, and that less people talk about Jazz in the group. But what kind of stories have you been talking about often?


Oidon: At that time, I used to put a bottle and chattered, but when the talk was extremely exciting, I wrote a note saying 'I'm too shabby'. So I'm talking to some extent, but I'm asking you to refrain from talking loud for personal useIt was a form.
At that time, young people at that time went to Fusion as well if they had a hot topic artist in Japan, and I think that sharing of information from Swing Journal and monthly magazines has happened. Nowadays, there are a lot of people seeking the whole atmosphere and the sound as part of it.

Ryu: The records and speakers that I couldn't hear, and the ones that I couldn't see at home anymore, still there are many people who seek sound and atmosphere.

Oidon: That's right. After that, people in their late twenties and early twenties are getting older, and people in their 50s and 70s come. Young people are also welcome.

Ryu: Oiden looks very young, but it also means that your growth is also being seen.

Oidon: When I was 27 years old when I started this shop, when I was thinking that I could do nothing else and do what I want to do, someone who used to work at a college co-op before I was in the editorial department of monthly Jazz, so I thought about it and started Jazz. It didn't have to be Jazz, but it could have been rock, but there are a lot of albums that capture the moment of the moment. If so, just aligning the records would be difficult. In the 50's and 60's in the Jazz, I thought that it would be somehow manageable if the part called "now" and the part "past" were put together.

Ryu: Well, I understand why I chose Jazz. Why is it also called 'oidon'?

Oi-don: It's a poor talker, and if you just say it's a good characterIt was good. Because you are a business that holds your face and receives an order, and you can say it when you return. I can speak now. I was not able to speak if I entered the counter.
When I came to be called Oidon, I hated being called a master. At that time there was a manga called "Men Iodon" by Reiji Matsumoto and it was small and covered with something like a tulip hat, hiding her face, there was a daughter of a nearby ramen shop, and that child was attached when elementary school But
The character called Oi-don is a character that likes ramen rice and lives in a quarter tatami, so I went to eat ramen rice correctly, so it became delicious.


Ryu: You are also called by everyone.
I hear a lot of voices that there are many who are healed by the master, and I actually meet them so I feel relieved and laugh as they are relieved I still have the image that the jazz cafe has to be quiet, but I still have a feeling I feel relieved that this is only kind.

Oidon: That was good. I think it's amazing if there is someone who speaks in their own words in one album, but I don't know if there is a technique or not, but I think the piano or something is great, but with ordinary people It is not changing.
Well, I just listen to it every day.

Ryu: That's the biggest, isn't it? How is it chosen?

Oidon: Don't think too much, if there is a piano solo, put a piano trio, tenor, put a trumpet, and make a little bit of an instrumentIt is all about choosing in such a way while shifting.

Ryu: I see. The reason for the sudden change is that the atmosphere of the shop is broken.

Oi-don: But there are also things that lose change, but I also feel that some things will gain new things.


Ryu: This theme called Woman in Jazz. Do you want to introduce you to a single woman who can come alone?

Oidodon: The door is closed because it is cold now, but when the door is open, everyone is looking at the shop. The door here is very heavy. With the courage to enter, I think it will take some time to open a heavy door and feel comfortable. I can feel safe once I get in, but I think I have the courage to go there. So if you open the door a little, you will see your eyes, but if you enter it the sound will protect and I think the comfort is good. I want to tell you that it is not a light-hearted shop.

Ryu: That's what I intended.

Oidon: I think nowadays places that are not visible from outside are very important. The square and glass-covered shop has a private part that you can see from inside but you don't want to see it, so this invisible seat, table seat is a memorial to the person in their teens and 20sI think it was an important time to take, so I think that I will leave it because I think it was an important part whether it is parting or not.

Ryu: If you become an adult, you may feel different if you sit in the same seat again, but you will also have a variety of memories.

Oidodon: Well, in fact, the private space is a brick, but it is a mess with books, but it hasn't changed for 75 years. I cut a veneer version from one sheet to make a chair, but it has not changed yet. I made a lot of thought, and I cut the gravure of Swing Journal by hand before the opening of the store and drew it with charcoal. Nothing has changed since the opening of the store.


Ryu: That's right! cool. It is a shop that does not change, and it feels like you did a time slip, and it is a shop where you can cut the history. That's excellent.

Ryu: What's the shop recommendation?

Oidon: Johnny Walker's Double Black and Fore Roses and IW Harper are now cheaper to keep bottles.

Ryu: Also at this time, are there any recommended drinks that fit the Jazz?

Oidon: It's cold, so it's a hot wine. I only make it with power.
At a cafeThe chai comes out and pours it with a mug. It is more popular to use chai as it is made sweet by putting cinnamon on the leaf and boiling it with milk to make plenty of it.

Ryu: What does this store have for Oiden?

Oidon: You may come here, for example, once a year or once a week.
I am here every day. If I was not comfortable I would run away first. So here is a cozy place for me. That's the only thing that I am protecting. I wonder if the customer is not the first but I am the first. It will not last if it is not.

Ryu: That's right. What is Oidon's Jazz?

Oidon: What's all about life?


Ryu: Finally, please give a message to the female reader.

Oidon: Women act by themselves, including where they want to go, men can not do anything, but women have their own vitality and are free to move freely and it is enviable from the perspective of men I think. Behavioral patterns that say there is almost nothing to protect. It is a feeling that I want you to blow it out freely. Even if I say that I want it, it is a balloon. It is best to do what you want to do now, so it took me some time to find itThe moment I sat here is a good thing, so I only have to start from there, so I think it's a happy thing to be alive, to be late, not to be early, and to be alive now. Happiness is here right now.
I am the happiest now. Happiness is neither in the past nor in the future. Please do your best playing Jazz and Jazz vocals

Ryu: Thank you! I was also encouraged.

How was it. The 5th "Woman in Jazz"
This time, I visited the long-established jazz bar Minton House, which is quietly located in the narrow path of Yamashita-cho, near Yokohama Chinatown. If you open a heavy door, you will be healed by the sound and atmosphere while time slips. And if you talk about it, you may be more relaxed.

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