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Tsutomu Kinoshita Column


from  Chigasaki / Japan

Tsutomu Kinoshita
creative director / art director / designer

Based in Chigasaki,

Sponsored the design office "Aloha Design".

Art director & editor-in-chief of WEB magazine "STAY SALTY".



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Go to the sea even if you are depressed.
Even if you are not depressed, go to the sea.



Sunny Ocean.
Calm ocean.
For an hour.
I laid back and watched the calm waves and the sky.

Even after a long time,
my home beach is always there,
and it soothes me just the same as it always has.
Every time I come here,
not only my body but also
even if my mind is tired and exhausted,
even if something sticks in my heart,
Even if the ducts of my mind are tangled up and twisted,
Even if the cells of your heart are about to become necrotic,
I think that this is the only place to wrap up all these difficulties
I realize that this is the only place where I can reset and heal gently.

Of course, there are many unpleasant and difficult things that happen in life.
But living is not a hardship, is it?
There are many more joyful things that happen.
Don't be dismayed by the hard things that are a natural part of life.
I want to cherish the fun and soft things that are born.
And I feel that these things will gradually become irreplaceable.
I think that is the important treasure that becomes the strength and foundation for living in the present.


If you feel stuck, go to the sea.
Even if you are not stuck, go to the sea.
Whatever the pace and wherever I work from now on,
I don't think that the fundamental of my work will ever change.

And this is my ocean.
Without a doubt, this is my home beach
And this is definitely my home beach and one of my most precious treasures.




I think I fell asleep when I came to my senses.
That's a lie.
Actually, I came here to take a nap,
I was asleep when I woke up...that was a lie.
But the gentle sunlight and the soft sea breeze
The soft sea breeze
and the gentle sound of the waves.
I was able to sleep well even though it was only for about 30 minutes.

I was back to normal!
I am full of such treasures, not only in this place.
I am grateful for that,
I will continue to do my best.



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What it means to live by the sea. per.1


When you live by the sea.
When you live by the sea, you can see things that people who don't live by the sea can't experience.
It means and feels different things to different people and events.
It can be a scene of longing, or it can be a scene of astonishment.
It can be a scene of longing, or it can be a scene of astonishment, but whatever the case, it is often accompanied by fresh surprise and joy.

I was born and raised in Kyoto.
I was born and raised in Kyoto, living in a basin far from the sea.
The sea has always been a dream of mine.
It is a distant place where I can make wonderful memories every year.
The sea has always been a place of longing, a distant place where you can make wonderful memories every year, and a wonderful stage in TV and movies.

As a boy, I grew up in a place that was very far from the sea.
As a boy growing up in such a place far away from the sea, I spent my days as a baseball player in a place that had nothing to do with the sea.
Not only baseball, but everything in my life has nothing to do with the ocean.
Especially when I was a boy, the ocean was not a place I could go by myself.
The ocean was just a family vacation or a stage for TV dramas.

Time passed, and so did I, until I arrived at this seaside.
My son has become a baseball player, just like I was when I was a boy.
Seemingly the same path.
But when I look at this photo of my son's baseball days, there is an overwhelming and absolute difference.
What is this scenery?
Beyond the baseball boy, there's the ocean and Eboshi Rock!

This is the everyday life of people who live by the sea?
And once again, I was so happy to be living by the sea.
You live by the sea.
I was struck by a strange feeling of envy towards those who live by the sea.
This is On the Beach in the early morning of Risshun.



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Those who return to the sea


The moment when you are driving along the road and you see the ocean on the other side of the road.
When I was living in Kyoto, it was one of my favorite moments, whether it was the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, or even Nanko in Osaka.
The sea was irreplaceable and precious to me. LOL!
Of course, even today, I still love the sea at Nagisubashi Bridge, which suddenly appears as you pass through the tunnel after crossing Zushiwa, and the sea at Zaikiza Beach, which appears as you pass through the tunnel at Zushi Marina.

When I first moved to Chigasaki from Kyoto, it was like a dream.
Every time I came back, the ocean would appear before my eyes.
Depending on the time of day, the R134 coastal road could always be crowded with oncoming traffic.
When I went out, the oncoming lane would be crowded with people coming to Shonan, and when I came back, the oncoming lane would be crowded with people returning from Shonan.

So for me, the ocean became the place to go home.

Enoshima is coming into view, my house is near
It's just like the lyrics say.
I enjoyed every day because I felt that I was living by the sea. 


I think it's very important to live where you want to live.
I think it's very important to live where you want to live, and I think people prioritize different things such as rent and distance to work.

Of course, if you think that distance to the office is more important, or if you think that living in Tokyo is better than living in the countryside, that's totally fine.
But as far as I'm concerned, the most important thing is where you live.
If you choose a place that you don't want to live, even if it's just across the street, you will always regret it.
So when it comes to the big choice, whether to live near my office or near the ocean, I think I would definitely choose the latter.

We can't choose where we are born, we can only choose where we live.
But when we are on our own, we can choose where we want to live.

We can choose where we want to live.
But if you choose a place where it is convenient to commute to work because it is far away from your work place, what is wrong with you if you say, "I liked 〇〇 better" or "I envy you for living in ●●"? LOL.
If you have a place you want to live, why don't you just live there and commute from there?
I still commute two hours door-to-door to my office in Kagurazaka.
I still commute two hours door-to-door to my office in Kagurazaka, which I sometimes find difficult, but living in Chigasaki is more important, and the commute is not a problem for me.

I'm glad I live here.
I'm glad I chose this place.
It's a matter of whether or not you feel that way, so for me, I think I made the right choice.

Well, to put it bluntly.
"If you like it, why don't you just choose to like it? Without discernment!
That's what I'm saying. (laughs)


However, there are times when I feel a little disappointed when I live in the ocean.
It's that the sight of the ocean in front of me, which I used to love so much, no longer moves me.
It has become the norm and you get used to it.
This is what Terry Ito said on TV once.
He said, "That's a little sad.
That's exactly what I feel.
It's a bit of an extravagant concern, though. Laughter

I've gotten dirty too.
I'm disappointed, but at the same time, I'm grateful to be living by the sea. lol


But that was when I went to Nishi-Izu with my family and parents.
We were driving on a winding road in the mountains.
I was saying to myself, "Enough with the mountains!
As we were driving along, the sea of Nishi-Izu suddenly opened up in front of us.
"Ooooh! The ocean!
I couldn't help but revive that feeling I loved so much.
Summer is all about the ocean!
I was so excited as I gripped the steering wheel.

Thank God!
I told myself that I thought I had gotten dirty.
Don't worry! It wasn't dirty yet. (laughs)
I was just used to the sea of Shonan.
I'm a person who is 100% impressed when I see an ocean I don't know yet.
The ocean is still wonderful.
I'm fine! (laughs)
And here we are again today.
We're heading back to the ocean, illuminated by the western sun.



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Get to higher ground !


The other side of the world.
The aftermath of a major earthquake in far, far away Chile can come across the Grand Ocean to Japan.
When that happens, a tsunami warning will be issued for Chigasaki as well.
I've received several emails directly from Fujisawa City with detailed information on my cell phone.
I don't remember registering for anything, but I received the size forecast and details of the warning.
Moreover, I don't know how they were able to send the information directly to me, a resident of Chigasaki City, but I am very grateful for the information.
Fortunately, there was no damage in Chigasaki at that time.

There was flooding in the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region due to the high tide level.
It was really good that there was no serious damage.

Living by the sea

In the event of a Tonankai earthquake, which is said to be certain to happen one day, we must assume tsunami damage.
There are predictions of tsunami damage depending on where it happened.
That kind of information is at a soft level.
It's a land where you can hear and see naturally.
Living by the ocean means that you have to be prepared for that.
You have to be prepared for it.

We were told that the tsunami was between 1 and 2 meters high at that time.
And that's when the tsunami was expected to hit.
My son, who was in elementary school at the time, went to the park with his friends to play.
I forgot to nail him to never go near the ocean.
And he was still playing in front of that friend's house.
I thought it would be nice to wait for another friend.
Your wife called your friend's mother.
They weren't there anymore.
'I forgot to tell you, I hope it's okay...'
And then the mother...
It's okay. I told you that if a tsunami comes, you should run to high ground! W W
How generous.
Well, I guess that's true because I know that 2 meters doesn't mean a tsunami is going to wash in over the 134. w w w


We teach the elementary school children around here to stay away from the ocean easily, both at school and on a regular basis.

Still, there are some elementary school children who are surfers who are usually in the ocean.
So children who live by the ocean know that tsunamis exist.
But we can't say that we know what to do if we find out that a really big tsunami is coming.
But I don't think it's right to blame a lax response.
I feel that it's precisely during small tsunamis that it's actually important to bring tsunamis into the conversation with this kind of response and advice.
If a tsunami comes, get to high ground.
If water comes to this park, on which playground equipment would you climb?
If the water comes over the pine forest, which apartment building would you run to?
Which direction would you run to if the water flowed down that road from the sea?
This kind of simulation is very important in the event of a small tsunami.
It's also an important opportunity to make children think.

If a tsunami hits, run for high ground!
It's like a motto, and I think it's good advice. LOL.



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Southern All Stars were there in the summer


The year was 1999.
I was working in Kyoto when Korinsha Publishing went bankrupt and I became a freelancer.
I was based in Kyoto for about a year, but my main work was in Tokyo, so I decided to move here.
I had already rented an office in Ebisu, Tokyo, and I was looking for a new place for my family to live.
We had already decided to live by the sea, so I went to Chigasaki with my wife to look for a house.

Early spring of 2000.
We got off at the station in Chigasaki for the first time in our lives, and the first thing we did was to see Southern All Stars' music.
The first thing we did was to sign a petition to make the Southern All Stars' live performance in Chigasaki a reality.

"Please sign the petition for the realization of Southern All Stars' live performance in Chigasaki!"

We were approached by a person who was signing a petition on the overpass in front of the station.
'We're here to find a house to live in, but we don't live here yet, do we?'
That's okay. You're going to live in Chigasaki, right? Welcome to Chigasaki. Please do so! w w w.
We were also fans of Southern, so we were totally fine with the signing.
I feel like a resident of Chigasaki, even though I don't have a house yet.
I signed it with mixed feelings of happiness, embarrassment, and apology. LOL.

Six months later, in the summer 2000.
As Chigasaki residents, we were listening to the Southern All Stars live in Chigasaki from home.
And I felt like that signature was helpful, and I felt a little bit proud to be one of the signatories. LOL.

The sea.

Sea breeze.

Wind storm.

Sand damage.


The sound of fighter jet blasts.

And then, lured by the raw sound of the sea breeze washing over the house. The sound of the rehearsal of The Sisters of Latien Street, which I heard as I rushed to the beach next to the baseball field on my bicycle.
That first summer in Chigasaki was the first summer of everything.
It was also a summer that I will never forget.
I've been longing for it for a long time.
That was the summer I was most excited about the joy of living by the ocean!


That day's show was broadcast live on WOWOW.
I had recorded it on video, so I burned it back onto DVD and it's still in my library.
It's an important icon of that summer.
And the first thing we did for that summer when we got down to the station in Chigasaki.
Signing a petition to make Southern's Chigasaki concert a reality.
I think it was something very good.
The first time I got off the train wasn't the first time I stepped in a poop or got tangled up with a bad guys. LOL.
Symbolic goodness.
The joy of helping to make that legendary live show that was supposed to be impossible.


It's been 20 years since then.
The summer of that year that changed everything in my life.
I am completely connected to the present from that wonderful summer.



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Like beach combing.


Most of the houses that live by the sea have "things picked up from the sea".

Driftwood or wood chips.

Sometimes they are floats and rare foreign cans.
Of course, such things are related to the person's hobbies and tastes, so each person has different types and quantities.
Well, if you say junk, it's true, but

Beautiful things can also be an accent for your interior.
So each person picks up something different.

Beach combing is the collection and collection of such items, and the crafting and enjoyment.

There is also the phrase, "everyone who lives by the sea has once picked it up."
This photo is called beach glass (or sea glass),

It is a piece of glass that is made by waving waves over a long time and being carved on the rock or the sea floor.
Most people who live by the sea have the experience of picking it up.

There are many places that you can find and some places that you can't because of the tide.

Chigasaki is also a place that is relatively hard to find because it doesn't come with large items.
Even if it's hard to find, it's something you can find by searching the beach often.
The rocky beach of "Sarushima" off the coast of Yokosuka is covered with big beach glasses.

You can find beach glasses of different colors on the Morito coast than in Chigasaki.
Since it seems easy to gather on the beach where there are many rocks and reefs,

Only small items that can ride on the waves come to the beach where sandy beaches continue like Chigasaki.

There are also colors that are hard to find and colors that are common,

You can easily find "white", "brown", or "green".

Conversely, the colors that are difficult to find are "blue", "yellow", and "red".

For me, I feel like going for a walk on the beach and exploring beach glasses for souvenirs I played with children.
So it's not like going on an expedition to various parts of the world to pick up "beach glasses of amazing color".
Still, on the beach in Chigasaki, which is hard to find

I look for "yellow" and "red" beach glasses (laughs).
Even if you didn't feel like it at first, when you started looking for it, the children who were small started to look for it.
But I still think.
The purpose of beach combing to collect beach glasses is not,

I guess it may be because they live near the sea.
Gather gradually.
This may also be a fine form of collection, but again the purpose is not to collect.
"Picking things up" is part of playing at the sea.

Someday "a beach glass with a very beautiful color"

I feel like I can meet "a wonderful treasure",

By the way, what do you do, you spend quite a lot of time searching for something (laughs)?

I can't go to shops or far.

It's such a time, so take a walk to the beach,

I will try to find the treasure so that it will not be crowded.

Let's do a relaxing beach combing. w

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