Text : Keiko Nakamura
Photo : Yuuki Sato
A concept shop, which has folk crafts selected and beloved by a photographer, managed by photo and illustration magazine company.
When you go down south from crowded Ujibashi-dori shopping street, you will encounter a quiet residential area. Right in front of a gorgeous Japanese house, there is an elegant row house and Nanakumo on that corner.
When you open an old retro Yuragi glass door (fluctuated glass door), you will see displayed folk crafts such as dishes and baskets in the dim light space.
Nanakumo is the concept shop by ‘JAPANGRAPH - 47 things in Japanese life style’ which is a magazine focuses on Japanese local people and their life style and it opens in July, 2014.
All the special products, which were featured on the magazines about ’Shiga’, ‘Iwate’, ‘Ehime’, ‘Gunma’, and ‘Shimane’ since 2009 and also ‘Aichi’ planned to issue after March in this year, line up on a special corner. These are all selected carefully by Mr.Yoshiyuki Mori who is the chief editor and also a photographer as well. For example, Iriyama Menpa, which was featured on ‘Gunma’ issue, is the rare bento box with a pine tree. The man who makes Iriyama Menpa in the deep mountain of Nakanojo-machi handcrafts all the process such as cutting, lumbering, and producing Menpa all alone. Mr.Mori got impressed and took photographs of this man’s lifestyle and his work of art with words. He usually uses this bento box for lunch and he said, “It keeps the moisture inside even if time passes and a smell of red pine tree pleases me when I open it”. Therefore, he sells this bento box with confidence.
Other than that, there are ‘Mikawa-tsuchi Stove’ which can grill saury perfectly and Mr.Mori’s favorite and reasonable ‘Akebi basket’. I was really into his talk about all these items that he visited its craftsmen’s place.
When he came back to Uji from Tokyo and started renovating this 70 to 80 year-old row house, he used trowel instead of camera and pen and put himself into plastering to the walls with his friends together. Almost all interior decoration was created by themselves and furnished something elegant and cool into this space. I see a courtyard organized and taken care very well. I was looking at the beautiful courtyard and Mr.Mori’s wife, Yukiko told me, “When the summer time comes, White Magnolia sieboldii flower will show up outside. We also have some exhibitions here, so why don’t you come back here again?” When the new issue comes out and when the season changes, I would like to visit this place again. I left this place with a happy feeling of having another favorite shop in my life.
<BOOKS & FOLKART Nanakumo>
ADDRESS : 144 Ujimyoraku Uji city (MAP)
PHONE : +81(0)774-21-8118
HOURS : 12:00 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday)
WEBSITE : http://japangraph.net/japangraph-blog/