For the second time in the article series “Where you can find good music in Japan,” music critic Mitsutaka Nagira nurses a cup of coffee at Araiyakushi’s local jazz kissa (cafes) rompercicci, located further north of Nakano Broadway.
For almost a decade, rompercicci has been one of his go-to jazz kissa since its opening. This ordinary “no-talking” jazz kissa might not harmonize well with Nagira, a music journalist at the forefront of the jazz music scene, but what has drawn him for more than ten years?
Quality time with music from speakers
To begin with, I often go to places where music is playing. I like to be in places where music is carefully selected and played, and I like the kind of mood that can only be found in a space created by people who love music. When I go to such places, I spend time alone with a book or with a friend who I can be with in a few words. It is a special time for me.
Of course, I have my preferences, and there are places where the music suits me and there are places where it doesn’t, but there are a few places that are “amazing” beyond what I like or dislike. There have been times when I went there not to work, but just to relax and have a cup of coffee, but the music selection (or disc selection) was so great that I was inspired to work.
The first of such “amazing stores” is rompercicci in Araiyakushi, located further north past Nakano Broadway.