As I stepped into the building, I saw a nostalgic scene. There were desks lined up in a row and I could see a blackboard behind them. It was as if I had wandered into a junior high school I had attended somewhere in the past. But upon closer inspection, I realized that it was not quite the same school I had attended. There were fewer desks lined up in the classrooms and the blackboard was divided into several sections instead of one large one. This is 3331 Arts Chiyoda, an art center that was renovated from a closed junior high school.
What used to be classrooms have been turned into art galleries, studios, creative offices, community spaces, and cafes. The photo shows the cafe operating on the ground floor, which was originally a school and thus resembles a classroom.
When I came to the cafe, there were no fragments of classes left on the blackboard, no teachers, and the classroom was quiet. Most of the students seemed to have gone home. It looked as if only one person was studying in detention in the after-school loneliness.
|Jun 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|BACK SHOT CAFE DESK KANDA SCHOOL|
June 4, 2021
RICOH GR III