Wakayama-based wine importer Biancorosso opened their wineshop/bar near Nakano Station in Tokyo and I attended its opening reception. The shop is located on the ground floor of the building that used to be Jiyu Ongaku Gakuen (Academy), a vocational school of music founded by my grandfather in 1946. The school was closed 4 years ago and Saori-san, an interior designer and the wife of my cousin Yusuke, gave a nice makeover to create a space where you can enjoy fine wines from around the world. I'm so glad the building built by my family in 1973 that holds a lot of memories now has a new life.

The lesson room next to the shop was preserved with some memorabilia from music school days. My uncle who used to be the director of the school is still delivering private lessons here. A photo of my grandfather Shingo Iwai as Don José in the opera "Carmen" is on the wall.

I coincidentally bumped into two former colleagues at my previous agency Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo, Kei (left) and Bruce, in front of the shop. Bruce is now running JKD Collective, Tokyo's leading creative studio and artist collective, and Kei also joined JKD.
店の前で偶然、前職ワイデン+ケネディ東京で同僚だったケイ(左)、そしてブルースと出会った。ブルースは今、東京を代表するクリエイティブスタジオ&アーティスト集団、JKD Collectiveを経営している。ケイもJKDに参加した。

With my current co-worker Moe.