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もう一度聞きたい音 in 図書館 | 尾張旭でコワーキングスペース・レンタルスペースならKURASIMARKET

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もう一度聞きたい音 in 図書館

2021年4月26日

こんにちは。KURASI MARKETの中川です。

アメリカのケンタッキー州への留学

私は高校を卒業してすぐにアメリカのケンタッキー州に留学をしました。

なぜケンタッキー州なの?とよく聞かれます。フライドチキンが好きなの? ともよく聞かれます。

好きですがフライドチキン目的で行ったわけではありません。笑 

理由のひとつは、ニューヨークやロサンゼルスなどの大きな都市と比べると日本人が少ない環境だと思ったからです。

私は自分に甘いので、きっと日本語を話したくなってしまう。まずは英語しか話せない環境にどっぷりひたりたかったのです。行ってみると案外たくさんの日本人がいましたが。笑

お伝えしたいケンタッキーでの経験はたくさんありますが、今回は、アメリカでの私の第二の家とも言えるケンタッキー州立大学(UK)の図書館、William T. Young Library(ウィリアム T ヤング図書館)の思い出をお話したいと思います。

William T. Young Library(ウィリアムTヤング図書館)

図書館に通うきっかけ

私は特に勉強が好きなわけでもないごく普通の学生でしたが、とにかくUKの図書館に入り浸っていました。

家にはたくさんのdistraction(気を散らすこと)があります。テレビ、ミュージックプレイヤー、キッチンと私を誘惑してくる物ばかりでした。 

現地の学生のように英語が単能でない私は、宿題ひとつ終わらせるのにもかなりの時間がかかりました。

そんな状況だったので、最初は仕方なく図書館を利用し始めたんだったなと思い出しました。

図書館での滞在

私の図書館での滞在時間は、だいたい夜9時から夜中の2時頃。もちろん夕方に行く時もありましたが、混雑をさけるために夜遅くに利用することが多かったです。

少しずつ学生が減っていく様子が、さみしくもありましが、この巨大な空間をひとり占めできるような感覚がたまらなく好きでもありました。

出典:THE PAINTING COMPANY より引用

というのも、UKの図書館は、真ん中が吹き抜けになっている地上5階建ての建物で、1階から最上階までが、ひとつの大きな空間なのです。

全ての階を感じることができるので、人が居ればとてもにぎやかですが、居なくなれば静けさもひときわです。

夜9時頃には、まだ利用者が居ますが、夜中の12時を過ぎるとかなりひとけが無くなります。

図書館で聞いた音

そしてさらに時間が過ぎ、さみしく感じ始める頃に、ウィーーンと遠くの方から音がし始めます。 しーんと静まり返った館内にその音が響きわたるのです。 

初めてその音を聞いた時、しばらく何の音なのかわからなかったのですが、その音が近づくにつれて掃除機の音だと気づきました。 

ねむいし、さみしいし、少しこわく感じるほどひとけが無い時に、この掃除機の音を聞き、私は感動したのを覚えています。

掃除機の音に? おおげさじゃない? と思われるかもしれませんが、真夜中にこの超巨大な空間に私しか居ないのかも!と思いきや、私同様起きていて、働いてくれている人の存在を感じ、本当に嬉しかったのです。 

もちろん街に行けばたくさんの人がバーやコンビニに居たり、真夜中でも起きている人はたくさんいるのですが、その図書館の中では、私と掃除機をかけてくれている彼しか居ないような気がして、勝手に仲間意識が生まれてしまいました。 

そう感じたのはまちがいなく私だけです。彼は何も感じていなかったでしょう。笑  

何年もこの掃除機の音を聞き、勝手に仲間意識を持つことで、夜中でもがんばって勉強することができました。 

当時は、私も学生でとても若く、見知らぬ人に話かけるなんてことはなかなかできなかったのですが、もし今またウイリアム T ヤング図書館に行き、この掃除機の音を聞くことができたなら、迷わずその人に話かけに行くと思います。 お仕事の邪魔になるでしょうが。笑

他の人にとってはなんでもないこの掃除機の音が、私にとってはいまだにもう一度聞きたいと思う大切な音なのです。

KURASI MARKET

人それぞれ心地よいと感じることがちがいますよね。 ここKURASI MARKETは、掃除機の音は聞こえてきませんし 笑、巨大な吹き抜けの建物でもないですが、洋楽の音楽が流れ、ゆったりとした時間が流れている空間です。 

コワーキングスペースで勉強をしたり、リモートワークでそれぞれの仕事をしたり、レンタルスペースで打ち合わせや撮影をしたり、それぞれの空間の楽しみ方があります。 

みなさんにとってKURASI MARKETが、ステキな空間になることを楽しみにしています。

Sound I want to hear again in the library

Hello! I am Nakagawa from KURASI MARKET.

I studied abroad in Kentucky, USA, right after I graduated from high school.

“Why Kentucky? ” I am often asked.
“Do you like fried chicken?” I am also often asked.

I like fried chicken, but I didn’t go there for the fried chicken. lol! 

One of the reasons is that I thought Kentucky had fewer Japanese people than other big cities like New York or Los Angeles.

I was indulgent to myself, so I was sure I would want to speak Japanese if I had chances to speak Japanese.

I wanted to put myself in an environment where I could only speak English. But when I went there, I found that there were a lot more Japanese people than I expected. lol!

Even though I have many experiences in Kentucky that I would like to share with you, this time I would like to talk about my memories of the William T. Young Library.

The William T. Young Library is the library of University of Kentucky (UK), which can be called my second home in America at that time.

I was just an ordinary student who didn’t particularly like to study, but I spent a lot of time in the UK library.

I had a lot of distractions at home. The TV, the music player, the kitchen, and all the other things that tempted me.

It took me a long time to complete a single homework assignment because I was not as fluent in English as the local students.

So, I needed to have some place where I could concentrate to study. That is why I started using the library at first.

I spent most of my time at the library between 9:00 pm and 2:00 am. There were times when I went there in the early evening, but I usually used the library late at night to avoid the crowds.

I was sad to see the number of students leaving little by little, but I also loved the feeling of having this huge space all to myself.

The UK library is a five-story building with an atrium in the middle. So it is one big space from the first floor to the top floor.

You can feel all the floors, so when there are people, it’s very lively. But it’s very quiet when there are no people.

Around 9:00 pm, I saw many people in the building, but the place became quite empty after midnight.

As time passed and I started to feel lonely, I heard a sound “whine” in the distance. The sound echoes through the quiet building.

When I first heard the sound, I didn’t know what it was for a while, but as it got closer, I realized it was the sound of a vacuum cleaner.  

I remember I was moved by the sound of this vacuum cleaner at a time when I felt sleepy, lonely, and a little scared in that empty place.

You are moved by the sound of a vacuum cleaner? Isn’t that a bit dramatic? You might think I was a little exaggerating.

However, I felt like I was the only one left in this huge space in the middle of the night!

I was really happy to find out that there was someone who was awake and working, just like me.

Of course, if you go to the city, you can find many people in bars and convenience stores, and there are many people who are awake even in the middle of the night.

But in that library, I felt as if it was only me and him who was vacuuming. And I felt a sense of camaraderie on my own. lol!  

I’m pretty sure I was the only one who felt that way though. I’m sure he didn’t feel a thing. lol!

For years, I listened to the sound of the vacuum cleaner and felt a sense of camaraderie that allowed me to study hard even in the middle of the night. 

At that time, I was too young to talk to a stranger, but if I could go to the William T. Young Library again and hear the sound of the vacuum cleaner, I would not hesitate to go and talk to the vacuum guy. I’m sure it would interrupt his work. lol!

The sound of the vacuum cleaner is probably nothing to other people, but to me, it is an important sound that I still want to hear again.

Everyone has a different sense of comfort, right? Here at the Kurasi Market, you won’t hear the sound of a vacuum cleaner, and it’s not a huge atrium building. But it’s a space where Western music is playing and a relaxing time is flowing.

There are many ways to enjoy the space, such as studying in the coworking space, working remotely on your respective jobs, or having meetings and shooting in the rental space.

I am looking forward to making Kurasi Market a wonderful space for everyone.