Arts and Crafts Village – アーツ&クラフツビレッジ

Okayama, November – 岡山、11月

I found Arts and Crafts Village from the Workaway Japan site. I traveled from Osaka to Mimasaka Oiwake Station, where I met my host Toyomi Harada. Amid mountainous forests was tiny and isolated Naka village. As soon as I settled in the Workaway House we had a yoga class.

Workaway Japanというサイト(Workaway:1日4時間、週5日ボランティアとしてお手伝いする代わりに住む場所と3食を提供してもらえるサイト)から、私はアーツ&クラフツビレッジを見つけました. 私は大阪から美作追分駅へ向かい、そこでホストの原田豊美さんに出会いました。山岳地帯の森の中には、小さくて佇む中村(中村:村の名前)がありました。ワークアウェイハウスに落ち着くとすぐにヨガのクラスがありました。

Toyomi and her carpenter husband Yasunori had lived there 25 years; they had a small cafe, wood workshop, weaving and indigo dyeing classes. The building was an old school, and there was a lot of space for those activities. Toyomi was an energetic 60-year-old, and she took care of everything; running the cafe, Airbnb guests, Workawayers, stray cats and vegetable fields.


My daily tasks were cleaning the yard, washing dishes and making fire to the cafe’s two fireplaces. This was the place where we usually spend time; we cooked, entertained guests and Toyomi even spun yarn in this former chemistry classroom. The old building was very cold during winter, and we had to burn wood from morning till late night.


The cafe
Arts and Crafts Village school building on the right
The cafe from outside
Toyomi spinning yarn at the exhibition in Okayama City
Yasu’s beautiful furniture

Arts and Crafts Village

3090 Naka, Misaki, Kume District, Okayama 709-3407, Japan


〒709-3407 岡山県久米郡美咲町中3090

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