vol.6 Living with "OLD" - “オールド”な生活。

コロナの自粛期間があって、もっぱら多くなった家飲み。それまでは外飲みばかりで、家ではまず飲まなかったのですが、これはこれで、いいものですね。1日の終わりに飲む、オールドのソーダ割が気持ちいい。外の店が営業再開しても、家飲みは自分にとって“新しい生活様式”になりそうです。ただやっぱり、普段はみんなでワイワイ、店で飲みたい。あの場の雰囲気は、家には持ち帰れない。ところで、みんなで飲んでいると、ふと人が何を飲んでいるのか興味が湧きます。“見た目に反して、かわいいお酒飲むんだ”とか、“この人、ひたすら日本酒縛りだな”とか。どうでもいいことなんですが、何気ないお酒一つとってみても、意外とその人の価値観が見えてきたり。見た目ではわからない、それぞれの嗜好を考察するのが面白かったりするんです。

映画でいえば、「007」のジェームズ・ボンドの決まり文句は、“マティーニをウォッカで、ステアでなくシェイクで。” MI6の中でも自由に動き回る、ボンドの枠に囚われないイメージが具現化されたお酒で、落ち着いてゆっくり飲むものを、あえてキンキンに冷やし、サッと飲む。この人はカッコイイけど、やっぱり安定した生活には向かない、破天荒タイプなんだろうなと想像します。一方、三島由紀夫が愛したお酒も、ドライマティーニ。以前読んだ情報には、完全なトラディショナルスタイルが好きだった、と書いてありました。おそらくこの人は、王道とか、完璧というものに、ずっと執着していたんだろうなと。どこまでいっても常に劣等感の塊で、自分自身の不完全さが見えてしまうことが、何より不安だったんでしょうね。だから、身につける道具や、飲むものも、格式ある正統派に拘っていたんじゃないでしょうか。好きなお酒って、一番リラックスしている時に頼むもの。何も考えていなくても、身に備えている、その人本来の“らしさ”が現れるような気がします。


お酒は「嗜む」と表現されるように、飲む人が、好んで親しむスタイルそのもの。何がいいとか悪いではなく、一人ひとりのこだわりが、他の人には真似できないカッコ良さだったりします。そしてお酒の場は、それぞれの良さを出し合って、老若男女、身分関係なくシェアできる場所。話し合うこと自体が楽しいから、時には答えのない、どうでもいい話が一番意味があったり。そういえば、酒場の空気感って、気の重くなるような雰囲気を見たことがないような。連日の二日酔いで、行く前に気が重くても、行ってしまえば楽しかったり。結局、飲むことはもちろん、心と心をやり取りできる、集まれる場が自分は好きです。早くいつものように、変わらず飲みにいきたい今日この頃です。


BODHI / Satoshi Mizutani




There was a period of self-restraint in corona, and the number of house drinks increased. Until then, I only drank outside, and I didn't drink at home, but this is a good thing. I like the old soda discount that I drink at the end of the day. Even if the outside store reopens, drinking home is likely to become a "new lifestyle" for me. After all, everyone wants to drink at the store. The atmosphere of that place cannot be brought home. By the way, when everyone drinks, I suddenly get interested in what people are drinking. "I drink cute sake contrary to what it looks like," or "This person is just binding on sake." It doesn't really matter, but even if you try a casual liquor, you'll be surprised to see the person's sense of values. It's interesting to consider each taste, which is not apparent.


Speaking of movies, James Bond's cliché of "007" is "Martini with vodka, not with steer but with shake."  In MI6, the image that was not bound by the frame of Bond was embodied. What you drink calmly and slowly with liquor, dare to cool it and drink it quickly. I think this person is cool, but after all I think that he is a terrible type who is not suitable for a stable life. On the other hand, the sake that Yukio Mishima loved is also dry martini. The information I read before stated that I liked the perfect traditional style. Perhaps this person had been obsessed with royal roads and perfection. Whatever I was worried about, I was always worried that I could see the imperfections of myself that were always inferior. That's why the tools you wear and the drinks you make are probably related to the formal orthodox school. My favorite drink is what I ask when I'm most relaxed. Even if I don't think about anything, I feel that the original “likeness” of the person that I am prepared for appears.


Alcohol is a style that people drink and like, as it is said to be "taste". What is good and bad is that each person's attention is good enough that other people can not imitate. And the place where you can drink sake is a place where you can share the goodness of each and share it regardless of age or sex. It's fun to talk to each other, so sometimes an unanswered story is the most meaningful. Speaking of which, it's as if you haven't seen the atmosphere of a bar that feels heavy. Even if I have a hangover every day and feel heavy before I go, it's fun if I go there. After all, I like not only drinking, but also the place where people can get together and interact with each other. As usual, I want to go drinking as usual today.


BODHI / Satoshi Mizutani


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