Areas like Shinkaichi and Nagata Ward were the heart of the vibrant regions that supported the economy of Kobe before World War II. But with the changing times, the city center moved to the Sannomiya area. The area was also damaged in the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 20 years ago. However, recently those areas have started to show a new movement of younger generations being drawn there. Worldwide, new cultures have always been born from regions that are “on the margins" like these areas.
A Guest House in Shinkaichi with a Breath of Fresh Air
— Ms. Mikami, you are managing two guest houses in Shinkaichi, “Hostel Yume Nomad” and “Hostel Nakamura”. Why did you decide to start these guesthouses in Shinkaichi?
— Why did you come up with the idea of opening a guest house?
— I heard that you visited overseas before starting the guest houses.
— What kind of place do you want your guest houses to be? For example, Yume Nomad’s sign says hostel/gallery/cafe.
A Share House Above an Iron Factory
— Mr. Hashiguchi is living in a share house called “NAGANAGA” in Nagata Ward and works actively as a gardener. What kind of place is NAGANAGA?
— What kind of people live here besides you, Mr. Hashiguchi?
Reinterpreting the Meaning of a Place
— In the ground floor of a building that used to be a pharmacy, Mr. Gai Hirose and his assistant Josh are always making “something”. What are you making?
— Can you give us an example of what is a little different from before”?
— Josh, where are you from?