Bring creative projects to a local non-profit bookstore in the peaceful Uchiko town, Japan

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  • Last activity: 24 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    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)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 914619184374

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