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005:現代都市のピクニック風景
picnic scene in the contemporary city

Tokyo Picnic Club's 6th annual picnic was held in Yokohama. Yokohama has been the biggest port city in Japan since re-opening of Japan to foreign countries 150 years ago. We enjoyed this industrial harbor view with ships and cranes. We, Tokyo Picnic Club, are interested in finding a new value in contemporary urbanscape, as well as in promoting beautiful urban green spaces. We hope picnic can help people to enjoy and feel engaged in urban spaces.

今年で開港150年になる横浜でのピクニック.今回は,船とクレーンがあるこのインダストリアルな港の風景を楽しむピクニックとなった.東京ピクニッククラブは,都市の中の美しい緑の空間を活用する提案を行うとともに,こうした産業の場を含む現代の都市的な風景に新たな刺激的な価値を見出していくことに興味がある.ピクニックを通して都市空間を楽しみ都市に参加するきっかけができるように.

(by picnicienne)

004:ブラウンフィールド・ピクニック・ビール
brownfield picnic beer

It is a pleasure that Alastair Gilmour, awarded beer writer in UK, has mentioned our "brownfield picnic beer" in his column in Journal newspaper in North East of England.


... it's a fine example of a speciality brew, a Belgian-style strong dark ale which for all the world is reminiscent of one of that country's decent, spicy wheat beers. It's bottle-conditioned, extremely lively, with an initial aroma of ginger that we then decide is a combination of coriander and orange peel. A hint of cinnamon joined the palate along with an earthy vegetableness then the aftertaste returned to a whiff of orange.
And, you know what it accompanied brilliantly? We decided there was too much going on inside the glass to partner something equally flavoursome (it has four malts and four hop varieties in its make-up), so sliced a large triangle of cold mince pie. Its slightly fatty flaky pastry and musty but rich meatiness had food and drink sitting down together, conversing beautifully.
("Raw talent" by Alastair Gilmour)


We, Japanese, have had a fine sense of association between landscape and food as well as between season and food. Tokyo Picnic Club has quested contemporary combination of landscape and food for the 21st century. "Greenfield picnic beer" and "brownfield picnic beer" are one of our challenges. And this summer we're trying to develop new combinations in NewcastleGateshead.

(by picnicienne)

003:ピクノポリス・プロジェクトの準備
developing Picnopolis project

TPC members visited NecastleGateshead to develop our project "Picnopolis NewcastleGateshead". We walked around to hunt great picnic sites and meet local food producers and retailers to develop original picnic recipe. People's reactions to our project were much more positive than we had expected. NewcastleGateshead is at the forefront of creative cities. We found that this situation is supported by those who are positive and enthusiastic about the cities.

「ピクノポリス・ニューカッスルゲイツヘッド」プロジェクトの準備のため,英国はニューカッスル/ゲイツヘッドに行ってきました.この町の中で素晴らしいピクニックサイトを見つけるために奔走し,この町オリジナルのピクニックレシピを開発するために,地域の食に関わる人たちと会って話してきました.人々の反応は思った以上に良く,プロジェクトへの意欲をますます強くしました.ニューカッスルゲイツヘッドは,「創造都市」の新しい旗手とも言える都市です.その状況は,都市に対して前向きで熱心な人々に支えられているのだということを再認識する訪問でもありました.
(by picnicienne)

002:新宿御苑の開園時間
Opening Hours of Shinjuku Gyoen Park in Tokyo

開園時間=朝の9時から16時まで。で、門が16時半に閉められる。つまり、働いている人は公園は使えませんのでよろしく、っていう意味なのだけど、なぜ、この高密度の東京でそういう物言いがありえるのか(しかも「ごゆっくりとお楽しみ下さい」と書いてある)。日没に合わせて閉門時間を弾力的に変えることくらいできるでしょう。
...という思いが東京ピクニッククラブの出発点にありました。ちなみに、代々木公園の開園時間は冬期は早朝5時から17時まで。夏期は5時から20時まで。

One of the biggest park in Tokyo closes its gates at 16:30, and have no seasonal changes for its opening hours. It means that if you are working from morning to evening, you never can have a rest there. I feel it so exclusive and ridiculous, and that's the reason why Tokyo Picnic Club had started to fight for the Picnic Right. Also, on the information board, you can see they're saying "Enjoy yourself!". wow...
(by o)

001:1802年のPic-Nic Club
First Pic-Nic Club in 1802

図は1802年3月15日にロンドンで結成されたピクニッククラブの様子。彼らの活動によってピクニックは流行語となり、世界に広まることとなる。最初のピクニックは屋内で行われた社交(もしくは不埒なバカ騒ぎ)。それが19世紀半ばの公園の誕生、20世紀初頭の車の発明により、公共空間での集まりへと変貌していく。
現代のピクニックはいかにあるべきか。彼らの誕生200周年を記念して2002年に結成された東京ピクニッククラブは、それを追究したいと考えています。

On 15th March, 1802, the first "Pic-Nic Club" was founded in London. The word of Picnic became popular by their activities, and then it had spread over the world. Tokyo Picnic club was established in 2002, to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of original Picnic Club, to explore the modern picnic in our urban circumstance.
(by o)

 

    

 


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