Kanazawa’s New Cafe Kanazawa Shiturae Opens in Higashi Chayamachi District

01.August.2020 | SPOT

HAKUICHI has renovated and opened the new Kanazawa Shitsurae cafe in Higashi Chayamachi on July 23, 2020. Higashi Chayamachi was built 200 years ago to this year. With a desire for this renovated tea house to exist for the next 200 years, it has been renovated and opened as the new Kanazawa Shitsurae.

Kanazawa Shitsurae

Located in the district of Higashi Chayamachi, which has been around since the Edo Period, Kanazawa Shitsurae is a breathtaking tea house and cafe. Stood proud at the welcoming entrance is a mikaeri-yanagi, a type of willow that is seen as a symbol of Chayamachi. The building which is now Kanazawa Shitsurae was built 200 years ago and is officially registered as a listed building of Kanazawa to be preserved. The renovations it has undergone for the new opening include earthquake resistance to ensure it can be passed over to the next generation. Its interior design has also been revamped, with high quality traditional crafts showcased throughout.

Gallery Shop

Kanazawa Shitsurae will serve as a flagship location for HAKUICHI’s traditional Ishikawa Prefecture with its own gallery and shop. The items will be displayed like an art museum where pieces can’t be put into a showcase. It will feature a line-up of gorgeous works from people considered National Treasures, traditional artisans, and more.

 

Yanagi-an: The Cafe

The second floor area is home to Yanagi-an, a relaxing cafe which overlooks Chayamachi. Customers can enjoy a cup of matcha poured inside a traditional handicraft cup together with some Kanazawa-style confections, parfaits with seasonal fruits, and more.

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    Yuasa: Thank you very much. My name is Yuasa, and I work at Sakura. We are a company specialising in custom housing, and have done so for the past 26 years since establishing. We centre on the Ishikawa Prefecture area, but also have galleries in Toyama, Gifu, and Kyoto.

     

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    Yuasa: It’s a cycle of achieving, and then aiming toward your next objective.

     

    Miyamori: You completely forget about the troubles, don’t you? <laughs>

     

    ーーーI see. And do you ever feel a sense of fulfilment at work?

     

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    ーーーYou both have warm feelings towards your staff and workers, don’t you?

     

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    Miyamori: Curry will save the planet! I’m aiming for the world with curry! For instance, if we were talking about ramen, and someone asked me which is more deliciousーeating ramen at a restaurant or at homeーI’d say eating it at a restaurant. But when it comes to curry, your mother’s is the most delicious. Basically, the curry you eat out isn’t growing or improving. Just like how Starbucks serves delicious coffee all around the world, I also want to serve delicious curry around the world.

     

    Yuasa: Your vision is really easy to understand <laughs>.

     

    Miyamori: Curry is actually a delicious form of Chinese food therapy. We can divide up allergies, so we make it delicious for everyone from children to the elderly. Also, when you eat curry, your bowel warms up, so with curry you can also look at increasing healthy life expectancy, building immunities, and fighting cancer. This curry is a Nobel Peace Prize meal! How about you, Mr Yuasa? What are you looking towards for the future?

     

    Yuasa: I want to build a company that tackles problems faced by customers, like adding value to buildings by making them earthquake-proof and lowering electricity costs, as well as seeing how to incorporate that into housing. Our customers are valuable so we’re seeking value. We want to make lots of houses that answer the question, “How can I live happily in this house?” I believe how people live happy lives in a house changes generation by generation, so I want to catch onto that and keep up with the times.

     

    Miyamori: You really are a company president, Mr Yuasa! I don’t even think of myself as well, and I don’t think my employees do either <laughs>. But it’s amazing how much thought you’re putting into ways of living, and I think that’s wonderful.

     

    Yuasa: Thank you. Before I met you, I thought you were a nonstandard person, but after listening to your story today, and seeing you in that uniform, my opinion has changed to conviction. It’s not everyday something like the Nobel Prize comes into conversation <laughs>. I believe things will get better for both yourself and your employees!

     

    Curryーand property. Two completely different worlds, but two company presidents hooked on innovation and growing their brands. Their ambitions and warm feelings they have towards their staff will encourage the people they work with and pave the way for new challenges brought about by adding new value to their companies. The day when the people of Japan are living in their wonderful Sakura homes and eating delicious Go! Go! Curry in them may already be on the horizon.

     

     

    Interview & Text: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: pon

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    プロジェクションマッピング「金箔総合ミュージアム 箔巧館」
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     体感型金箔ミュージアム
    体感型金箔ミュージアム2
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     金箔専門ショップ
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    The second wave of artists for the big music festival “OTONOKO,” which was help in Kanazawa last year to huge success, have finally been announced. The new artists added to the line-up include Taiiku Okazaki, DAISHI DANCE, tofubeats, and banvox.

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    The festival is hosted by none other than Yasutaka Nakata, whose influential career spans wide across the Japanese music industry. Nakata is well-known as being the producer for the huge J-pop artists Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. As well as that, he has created music for international ceremonies, as well as for a huge variety of movies both inside and outside Japan including for Hollywood. A representative musician, producer and DJ for Japan, he is well respected and recognised by artists all around the world.

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    Last year’s “OTONOKO” prospered greatly. The next festival will be held this year on December 2nd at Ishikawa Sangyo Tenji in Hall 4.

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    Tickets are now available at various playguides in Japan. It has also been announced that there will be a round-trip bus tour directly to the venue where the festival is being held. There are two plans in place: the first will give you the opportunity to be taken back to where you came from to reach the venue, while the second includes an overnight stay so that you can enjoy your time in Kanazawa. There will also be original OTONOKO merchandise for bus tour takers only. For more details, be sure to check the homepage. Reservations for the bus tour will take place over on the event’s official website on July 31st from 16:00.

     

    Nakata hopes to deliver his sound (“OTO”) to the world from his hometown of Kanagawa with OTONOKO, a new kind of festival the likes you have never seen.

     

    For the latest information and details regarding OTONOKO, please visit the event’s official homepage.

     

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    Yasutaka Nakata presents “OTONOKO 2017”

    Date/Time: December 2, 2017 – 11:00 OPEN / 13:00 START

    Venue: Ishikawaken Sangyo Tenjikan Hall 4

    Price: Advance Standing Ticket – ¥6,800 (tax included)

    Tickets now available at various playguides.

    Official Bus Tour: Reservations begin from 16:00 on July 31st

    http://travel.willer.co.jp/tour/campaign/live/otonoko/

     

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