A jazz cafe known as the first of its kind in Japan reopened Friday for a limited 10 days at a gallery in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, three years after it closed despite having earned the adoration of aspiring musicians such as now-prominent trumpeter Terumasa Hino.
‘‘Chigusa,’’ originally opened in 1933, was a destination for prospective musicians and jazz fans admiring the cafe’s record collection. Many of the records were formerly owned by American troops stationed in the country after Japan surrendered in World War II.
The revived version of the cafe uses antique tables and chairs from the old location to bring back the vintage feel of the original space.
A large photograph of the cafe’s ex-owner, the late Mamoru Yoshida, affectionately called ‘‘Oyaji (old man)’’ by his customers, is displayed.
‘‘Chigusa was a valuable asset that nurtured musicians,’’ said Yoshihiro Kawasaki, a teacher at Tokyo University of the Arts who led the resumption project. ‘‘I hope visitors will feel the atmosphere of the time,’’ he added.
The cafe inside the Noge Hana Hana gallery space in Yokohama’s Naka Ward is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Oct 17 with the entrance fee at 500 yen.