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from  Chigasaki / Japan

Tsutomu Kinoshita
creative director / art director / designer

Based in Kagurazaka and Chigasaki,

Sponsored the design office "Aloha Design".

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


DAYS / Tsutomu Kinoshita Column


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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