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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. The manager, Todd, is American. Todd's wife and 7-year-old child also live in the house.
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.
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
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 very close to the Nagasaki Peace Park. Nagasaki also features a reconstruction of the Dutch trading post, the first ever European trading post in Japan. Huis Ten Bosch, a celebrated reconstruction of a Dutch town which many Japanese visit as an alternative to travelling to Europe.
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.
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 and the manager also lives in the house. Food is provided for 3 meals a day and all diets can be catered for.
This place sits directly on majestic Omura Bay, essentially an inland sea perfect for swimming and dolphin sightings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
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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