Well it has been a busy ten days. Had no chance to post this news until now. Since last Monday, I and three of the crew have been working our butts off to break down a second floor location that used to be a “Snack” bar. The building here in Jozankei has been unused for the last 15 years. Thanks to a few lucky connections, it looks like my partners and I will be opening a new Cafe/Bar/Gallery in this location, hopefully by the middle of October. Things came together very quickly over a few days, and on last Monday we gathered at the location and started working to tear out the old, so we can bring in the new.
The work has been very very hard. Walls, heaters, sofa, tile, ceiling, lighting, kitchen everything had to come out. It was disgusting, dusty, dirty, old, grime filled etc., etc., After a week we had almost everything torn out. Now we are at the clean up stage. The steel roof is rusty, the carpet and tile are very hard to scrape up, the list goes on and on. Thanks to Harada, Takamasa, and Mino for their hard work. My fingers are still hurting from pulling up that shitty carpet. If I could get my hands on the guy who put too much glue on there years ago when they laid that carpet… I would certainly have a word with the fella!
Respect to all deconstruction workers out there, it is not an easy job.
The first wall comes down.
Taking a break after pulling up a section of carpet.
Ceiling is history and electric system about to get cut off.
Walls stripped and kitchen gone!
Luckiest thing to happen, when we took out the old cigarette vending machine we heard coins jingling inside. After a little drilling and use of a crowbar, we broke it open and found about 15 bucks worth of change! It doesn’t buy a lot of drinks in Japan, but it felt good.
More coming soon on this project!