Restoring the former Kawachi Cotton wholesale store “Chakichian” and transforming it to “a place for work and interaction”
Chakichian is a place where hard working producers as well as genuine and high quality products (=”HONMA-MON”) in this area come together. It is also a place where young artists can play active roles.
We would like to offer a relaxing place for this area where many people can gather at these 250 years old buildings.
It’s easy to abandon the 250 years old buildings. However, once they are abandoned, they will never come back again. Then we would rather utilize the space and contribute to people’s lives.
The buildings being old, we believe that they have advantage of carrying on the cultures and industries in the area as well as conserving them.
We would also like to spread Kawachi Cotton as a former cotton wholesale store.
Our aim is not only to promote our local attractions but to utilize the buildings and offer a pleasant meeting place.
You can learn about our events at Chakichian. Please feel free to participate!
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MESSAGE FROM THE OWNER
I am Koji Hagiwara, the owner of Chakichian and the president of Chaya Kichibee LLC.
When I inherited the position of the nineteenth generation of the head of our family, I resolved to maintain and preserve these buildings.
However, I felt that there is a limit to how much an individual can do to maintain this old private house in this time. I thought it would be then better to open up the space to wider public where local people can also enjoy their time.
In May, 2017, with the help of 10 colleagues, we launched the Chakichian Project as a revitalization project. In April, 2018, we founded Chaya Kichibee LLC. Since then, we have been maintaining and managing the residences, as well as carrying out event planning and gallery management. The renovation of the buildings is expected to take more than 20 years. we really appreciate your continued support, guidance and encouragement.
ABOUT THE FACILITIES
Here we introduce the facilities at Chakichian. We have spaces available for events and the gallery for exhibition. Some spaces are still available for business, etc. for renting. Please feel free to contact us.
Indoor Gallery & Event Space
We renovated a part of the old private house into this cafe so people can come and relax at the foot of Mt. Takayasu. The owners of the cafe are Cherry and Rico. Hagiwara first met Cherry at a networking event during the self-introduction session. “I am renovating the old private house and looking for someone to help with opening a cafe there,” said Hagiwara. “I am a musician. My dream is to open a cafe,” said Cherry. Hagiwara and Cherry instantly got along with each other, and within a few days, Cherry visited Hagiwara to view Chakichian. Things went fast after while doing DIY together and working on some events at Chakichian with the help of Cherry. In July, they were about to open the cafe. It is their hope to further grow the space together.
Our aim is to create and provide tableware that will make people care about their lives and feel happy in them, as well as giving them relaxing atmosphere. Dish artist, sato in Osaka and a ceramist, shizu are the artists of kitoutsuwa.
Tranforming Chakichian to a relaxing space for this area as well as a place where young artists can play active roles.
Our objective is to grow Chakichian with you all into a warm space where people in this area can feel free to gather as well as a place that encourages unknown artists with skills and passion to be leading artists by providing them with opportunities for events and exhibitions. Thank you for your support with Chakichian in this endeavour.
A list of media that covered and featured Chakichian.
Chakichian was featured in the section of “Producing Centers and Development of Agriculture and Industries in Kawachi Region” in “Konomachi Archive” issued by Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Realty.
The Hagiwara’s had been running the cotton wholesale business under the name of Chaya Kichibee over generations. The nickname “Chakichi” suggests people’s fond for the store. Upon renovation, we took the nickname and renamed this space “Chakichian.”
- English (United States)