- Quality time at Kamejikan in Kamakura!
- Kamejikan is a place where you can find the true spirit of human nature.
- Creating a place where anyone can meet.
- An 88-year-old house converted into a guesthouse with the help of other people.
Quality time at Kamejikan in Kamakura!
Today, I’d like to introduce to you a guesthouse in Kamakura, a seaside town that can be accessed from Tokyo in about an hour. This town is known for its temples and other tourist attractions. Kamejikan is a guesthouse located in an area of Kamakura called Zaimokuza, and is especially relaxing with an old taste of Japan.
It’s a residential area where you can feel free to relax.
Kamejikan is a place where you can find the true spirit of human nature.
Where do you think this guesthouse got its name?
It is actually named after a character in a famous fairly tale by Michael Ende. Kamejikan, (turtle’s time) was named after Cassiopeia, the turtle that appears in the story, “Momo”.
The owner of the guesthouse, Mr. Sakurai, has had a lot of experience travelling around the world. He said that he realized one thing from his travels, “humans should live a lifestyle that involves more communication.”
He started the guesthouse with his friends and named it Kamejikan, in hopes for people to get away from their hectic daily lives and relax.
Creating a place where anyone can meet.
Through travelling, he saw diversity and possibilities that exist in this world, and thought that he wanted to start something that could make good use of his experiences. This is the reason why he started the guesthouse, so that he can meet people from all over the world and create a new place where anyone can meet and interact.
In fact, half of the guests come from Europe and Asia.
It’s really a place where you can meet people from all over the world.
They hold events on weekends such as a pop up café and bar that serves healthy food and drinks. Mr. Sakurai says that guests can interact with local people and build trusting relationships with them.
An 88-year-old house converted into a guesthouse with the help of other people.
The reason why they use this house, is because it sustains old nostalgia that has been preserved for years. This house was built after the Great Kanto Earthquake and was built with the highest quality of wood at the time, which took 18 months to construct. The carpenter they hired specialized in shrine and temples, so he made a Kamidana (household Shinto alter) for the house in thanks for the business given to him. This house has such a heartwarming story.
Kamejikan proposed a contract with the former owner to take over the establishment in 8 months’ time, and because they both have a passion and love for the house, the owner agreed.
After that, the building became a guesthouse in 3 months!
The original structure of the house was left as is.
Mr. Sakurai said he experienced an amazing moment, when the house was revived with the help of others.
I thought the reason why people gather here to meet Mr. Sakurai, is because he is such a nice person with an entertaining character. In addition to that, the staff is very nice and guests are very pleased with this.
You can interact with anyone here regardless your age, race, and occupation.
Why not drop by Kamejikan to forget your busy day walking around Kamakura?
【writer Takayuki Minakuchi from COMINCA TIMES】
This article is from COMINCA TIMES, a website that introduces initiatives that utilize old houses in Japan.
3-17-21 Zaimokuza, Kamakura city, Kanagawa Prefecture