Our place is a 94 year-old Japanese traditional house turned into a non-profit bookstore. We are located in the Uchiko town within the mountains of Shikoku island and provide a comfortable space to our community to read, learn, and share time together.
What we do:
• Free working space (Shared office)
• Book rentals
• Book donation
• Events space (talks, workshops, movies & more)
We plan to accept short & long-term stays for travelers, freelancers, university students, and anyone who wants to bring creativity to our humble bookstore and community.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will be able to experience the authentic and peaceful life of the rural Japanese mountains. You will be a part of our community and will be invited to all local events like festival, markets, dinners and more. We are excited to teach you about our culture, help you practice Japanese, learn to cook some of our delicious dishes, and anything else that will enrich your experience here.
We are looking for people who can bring creative skills and are interested in making our local community grow.
Some of the things that we would like help with are:
• Art & Design
• Photography / Film
• Writing / Translation
• Social Media
• DIY Projects (Carpentry, Arts & Crafts, etc)
• Community Building
• Basic help around the Bookstore and House (cooking, cleaning, maintenance, talking to customers, etc)
The bookstore is located in a traditional Japanese house built in 1925, private or shared rooms are available on the second floor. Like the house, the rooms are traditional with tatami floors, futon beds, and there is no AC (the mountains provide all the fresh breeze we need!). You will have full access to all amenities of the house including kitchen, modern toilet & shower (with hot water), washing machine, and fast Wi-Fi.
We are located in Uchiko, a pleasant mountain town in the Ehime prefecture of Shikoku island. The bookstore is located right on the main shopping street of Oda, walking distance from local cafes, shops and restaurants. We can also drive you to visit nearby towns and destinations like waterfalls, hiking, rivers, etc.
We are a 20 minute drive from the Uchiko JR station. On days off I can always take you to the station so you can explore on your own.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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