A one-of-a-kind atmosphere achieved by the Dejima scenery background, creating a feeling of nostalgia which makes this bar unique.DJM casual bar
Casual bar DJM (pronounced "Dejem"), on Dejima Juban Street, is just beside the Nagasaki Dejima Museum. The view of the lit up Western-style building from the bar's large window creates a fascinating, foreign ambience. The fascinating character of the owner, combined with Dejima scenery, allows guests to immerse in nostalgia.
photo of Western-style building
A one-of-a-kind atmosphere achieved by the Dejima scenery background, creating a feeling of nostalgia which makes this bar unique.
Neighboring DJM is a Western-style building, with an appearance which reminds us of the passing of time. Aside it is “Dejima-no-ki”, a commemorative tree planted at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate to represent relations between Japan and the Netherlands. Prior to the opening of DJM, the space was used as an office by the owner of Garcon Ken, a restaurant on the first floor of Dejima Juban Street. In love with the view from the window, she decided to turn the space into a bar, and participated in the designs herself. The ceiling was elevated and a new atmosphere was born, bringing harmony between the atmosphere and window view of Dejima.
The theme of the atmosphere, “woman”, is expressed with round featured ornaments which decorate the empty space.
The owner’s favorite is the sofa seat at the left of the entrance, where guests can enjoy the atmosphere of Dejima.
The owner’s fascinating character collaborates with the unique world of Dejima within this atmosphere.
Natasha, the owner, has a “non-Japanese” vibe to her. Natasha is a nickname, and her real name is Miho Fujisawa. Originally, Miho sold jewelry in Tokyo. She would spend time with upper class women, negotiating business and drinking before it is even dark outside… almost like a social gathering in Paris. Such experiences may have contributed in creating Miho’s international vibe.
Though this private business was successful at the time, attracting attention from a number of magazines, Miho returned to her hometown Nagasaki after her 25 year life in Tokyo, and eventually opened DJM.
DJM is a great bar for tourists to experience the life of Dejima. Feel your heart melt as the owner gently hands you your drink.Text: Mayumi Kotsubo
Picture: Mayumi Kotsubo