"Spending time to myself while listening to jazz in the early afternoon"
The moment you open the door, you'll be greeted with the fragrant aroma of coffee, and it's refreshing and very comfortable!
We aimed for a bright and stylish shop that fits the European-style townscape, which is different from the conventional image of a jazz cafe (loud jazz playing, dark and smoky).
I think it takes a little courage for first-time women to enter a jazz cafe alone, but do women ever come to TOMMY'S BY THE PARK alone?
I don't know their names, but some regulars are sitting around here (at the counter). I think that many people spend their time listening to music, reading books, looking at their smartphones, and so on. Also, there are people who buy bread from the bakery next door and eat in with their babies around lunch time. I think it's the most jazz cafe where strollers come in lol
That's a big thank you to mom lol
Do you ever match the music that the master plays to the audience?
Currently, there are about 5,000 CDs in the store, but we try to select songs that suit our customers.
What kind of story does the master talk at the counter when the regulars come?
With the regulars (most of whom are in their 60s and 70s) who have been going to jazz cafes since they were young, the focus is on the jazz they are playing at that time. Even if you sit at the counter, there are people who value their own time, such as reading, so in that case, we may refrain from talking to them. The point is, it depends on the customer.
How long have you been going to jazz cafes, and have you been thinking about opening a jazz cafe?
When I became a university student, I became addicted to jazz and went to jazz cafes mainly in Tokyo. Ever since I was a student, I have always wanted to open a jazz café someday. My dream finally came true.
I've wanted to do this for a long time! What kind of image did you have when creating the store?
As I said earlier, I aimed for a bright and stylish store that matches the townscape. The decorated jacket is also a simple arrangement of what I think would be nice visually and artistically.
Discerning audio, after all, it is unique to jazz cafes.
I'm not an audiophile by any means, but I wanted to choose an audio system that would suit jazz. I want to listen to good sound that even masters can enjoy, and I wanted to use JBL speakers since I was young. The amplifier has a stylish blue glowing lamp, and the Macintosh, which is compatible with JBL, is a dream come true.
I can hear the sound clearly. Where is the seat in the store where you can hear the best?
Is it still a counter? Even at table seats away from the speakers, the speakers are floor-type, so the sound will be expansive.
It sounds kind of sweet.
Maybe it's because of Ryu's vocal sound source that I'm listening to right now lol
If it's so comfortable, even a single woman can enter.
Coffee is very delicious. Are you particular about your coffee?
I drank it and it was delicious, so I bought it from Terra Coffee, a home-roasted coffee shop in Hakuraku.
Where do you get your baked goods from?
Hand made by my wife.
Very nice, isn't it?
How should a woman enter when she is having lunch alone?
If you are going for lunch, you can buy it at the bakery next door and bring the tray as it is. In the case of eat-in, coffee is discounted. The bread of the bakery next door is rice flour bread, but it has a good reputation in the neighborhood.
It's a very comfortable shop, and it's become my own space.
I'm going to make my own time with my favorite book too!
How was it. 3rd "Woman in Jazz"
We sent an interview with the master of JAZZ and coffee "TOMMY'S BY THE PARK" in Nakamachidai, Yokohama.
"TOMMY'S BY THE PARK" is the master's dream itself.
That's why it's comfortable, and it's a place where you can make your own time no matter where you sit.
"Jazz in the early afternoon, a space for one person"
While enjoying coffee brewed by the master with one of your favorite books,
Please make some nice time for yourself.
TOMMY'S BY THE PARK