Help maintain and create gardens on the bank of Omura Bay, Japan



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  • Description


    This place was designed on the bank of Omura Bay by an architect in 2001 as his last residence. This is the home where the architect who designed Japan's first skyscraper has re-examined the relationship between nature and building. It was built on a small cape called “Nagi nose” and was built by a traditional method using almost exclusively Kyushu wood. The view is wonderful overlooking Omura Bay. The purpose of our project is to care for this historic house, to renovate the garden and to create a new kitchen garden

    The owner of the project, Jonathan, lives in England and he visits occasionally.

    Tyler handles the messaging so you will receive communication from him as well. Volunteers will live together themselves and cook for themselves. Food is provided which is orientated towards what is commonly sold and available in Japan.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will have the privilege of maintaining this historic house and improving the landscape in keeping with Japanese landscape tradition. Various events and tours will also allow volunteers to experience this special house in a completely unique way. Every month there is a special event at the house celebrating various aspects of Japanese culture, for instance a miso making day and a talk from a thatched roof expert who has worked on the actual roof of the house. You will also be immersed in a typical Japanese village allowing for very real cultural exchange with local Japanese people. We are also close to the Nagasaki Peace Park (30km). Nagasaki (33km) also features a reconstruction of the Dutch trading post, the first ever European trading post in Japan. Huis Ten Bosch (26km), a celebrated reconstruction of a Dutch town which many Japanese visit as an alternative to travelling to Europe.

  • Help


    The overall plan is to not only care but to renovate the garden and create a kitchen garden. Help is required in preparing, creating and maintaining all these areas. Help is outdoors in all weather, even when it rains and can be physically demanding. Help involves things such as cutting bamboo down, building pathways, carrying logs, building rock walls, digging, cutting up trees, pruning, weeding, planting, using heavy duty strimmers and whatever else needs doing. On average we have around four volunteers here at a time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will live in a traditional, wooden Japanese house in the nearby village. All modern amenities are provided, shower, washing machine, cooker, bread maker, rice cooker, microwave/oven, internet etc. You will usually be required to share a room with other volunteers. The owner of the project lives in England and visits often. Food is provided for 3 meals a day and all diets can be catered for.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This place sits directly on majestic Omura Bay, essentially an inland sea perfect for swimming and dolphin sightings.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    We work from 8am - 1pm (with a one hour break for breakfast from 9-10) Monday to Friday and the rest of the time is yours. When volunteers work a weekend day at the kids language events a day off during the week will given.

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Host ref number: 387891188992