Ajirochaya is a project that will convey its history and culture in the same location for the next 100 years and on.
The purpose of this project is to renovate and open up five buildings owned by Ajiroen, a long-established retail shop specialized in Japanese tea in Yokoyama-cho, Hachioji City, to local people as a commercial and cultural facility. Located seven or eight minutes by foot from the north gate of JR Hachioji Station, the rectangular plot is sandwiched between Koshu Kaido Avenue and a public walk on the north and south sides. On this plot five buildings stand close together: two storehouses (kura) built in the late 19th century to early 20th century, a Japanese-style house and a shop built immediately after World War II, and a reinforced concrete building built in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. As part of this project, a small town block was created as a conglomeration of the history of Hachioji and the consolidated elements of the community by rebuilding the shop, renovating the four other buildings, laying a garden path (roji) north and south through the elongated plot, and making a small open space garden (niwa) facing the public walk.
The kura is a public space created by renovating a two-story storehouse that was more than 100 years old, built in the middle of the Meiji period (Meiji period: 1868 to 1912). It will play a role as a cultural facility for Ajirochaya as it will be used as the venue for exhibitions, lecture meetings, concerts, rakugo performance and other forms of entertainment. To retain as much of the hundred-something-year-old building as possible, so that the history of the building can be felt in every part of the building, only its exterior walls, some of the interior walls, and the electrical work was redone.