250 years old Kawachi cotton“Chakichian” is resuscitated as a place to work and interact with.
A place where local realms gather.The place where young artists are active is Chaiyuan.
We want to make this 250-year-old building into a place where many people from the area can gather and relax!
It would be possible to demolish this 250-year old building at any time, but once demolished, no one could ever recreate such a building. That’s why we wanted to make the fullest use of this building and make a place that people could use.
As a building built 250 years ago, it can recount the culture and industry of the region into the future.
Also, the building was originally a cotton wholesalers’, and we want to publicize Kawachi cotton.
By making full use of this building and communicating the charm of the area, it can grow into a fun space where everyone can gather!
This is information about the events held in Chakichian.
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I’m Koji Hagiwara, the representative of Chaya Kichibei, a joint venture company which owns the Chakichian.
When I inherited the position of the nineteenth generation of the head of our family, I resolved to maintain and preserve this building.
However, in modern society, there is a limit to how much an individual can do to maintain this old private house. It is better to open it up so that a lot of people can use it, creating a space that the local people can enjoy.
Then, in May 2007, we launched the Chakichian Project, a revitalization enterprise, with the help of ten colleagues.
In April 2018, we established Chaya Kichibei, a joint venture company, and we will maintain and manage the residences, as well as carrying out event planning and gallery management.
The renovation is expected to take more than 20 years, and we really appreciate your continued support, guidance and encouragement.
About the Facilities
Let us tell you about the facilities of the Chakichian. The Chakichian has established event spaces and exhibition galleries. Some spaces are still vacant, and can be used by a tenant, so please feel free to contact us.
Room Gallery & Event Space
Outdoor Event Space
So that many people can take their time and relax at the foot of Mount Takayasu, we have renovated some old houses to establish a stylish café. The Yukuru Café has two owners, Cherry and Rico. Cherry and Mr. Hagiwara met after introducing themselves at a social event.
Mr. Hagihara said he was restoring an old private house and looking for someone to help with a café in this old house. Cherry told him, “I play music, and I’ve always dreamed of opening a café in an old house!” Mr. Hagihara and Cherry got along really well, and after a few days, Cherry came to view the Chakichian. They chatted, and before they knew it they were doing DIY together and helping out with events at the Chakichian. And in July, they were about to open it. From now on, they are going to continue developing this space together.
By having people use our utensils, we aim to live carefully and happily, and create works that can allow us to feel the calmness of the air.
Utensils called Kito-Utsuwa are being crafted by the woodworker Sato, who lives in Osaka, and the potter Shizu, who lives in New Caledonia.
The Chakichian is a local place of relaxation where young artists are active.
All together, we plan to make the Chakichian a warm place where people in the area feel free to meet up casually.
And we want to continue making the Chakichian a place to support artists full of skills and ideas, but lacking opportunities because they have not yet built a name for themselves.
We look forward to your continued interest in the Chakichian,which will be a place for the activities of young artists in the area.
The Chakichian has been featured in the media!
Here are some of the media which have featured the Chakichian.
The Chakichian was introduced in Mitsui Sumitomo Trust Real Estate’s feature This Town’s Archive in a feature about the region’s agricultural and industrial production, and the development of Kawachi cotton.
Mr. Hagiwara inherited the cotton wholesalers’ trade name “Chaya Kichibei”, which had existed for generations. And the shortened form “Chakichi” suggests the fond feelings of the local people. Now, when renovating this old house, he named this place the Chakichian, after the tradename Chakichi.
- English (United States)