Located on the mountain side of Sannomiya, the Kitano-cho area has many apartments that were built for foreigners decades ago. More people are utilizing these apartments in recent years: some people use the spacious apartments designed for foreign residents as a combined home and office, and young people use some as shared office spaces. Access to Shin-Kobe Station and Kobe Airport is easy, so the area is also convenient for “nomad workers” who travel often for work.
Convenient, Yet Secluded
— Mr. Shimada (Yo Shimada, architect and owner of the Tato Architects architectural design office), you have set up your office and been working here for 10 years. What do you like particularly about your current environment?
— One very nice point about Kobe is that the urban district is very much compacted into a small area, isn’t it?
— Kitano is located up on the hill, offering it a nice view. Do you often use your rooftop space?
— What do you think about the location from the viewpoint of a client that wants to come up for a meeting?
The Person Who Played a Key Role
— Mr. Iwano and Mr. Morie, you both moved from Tokyo to Kobe in 2014 and founded “AKIND”, a company specialized in branding for business and public administration. Were either of you originally from Kobe?
— (日本語) 森江さんも関西出身？
— Why did you think “better in Kansai”?
— Why start up in Kobe, and not Osaka or Kyoto?
Information Is “Obtained”, Not Just “Received”
— Have you noticed any changes in the way you do business after your relocation from Tokyo to Kobe?