2016年8月16日火曜日


Guest House “Kagaribi”


Owner Mr. Daisuke Abe & Mr. Toru Itagaki




Bright balefire has been lit in one of the block located in the commercial avenue near the west side of Kitasenju station, Tokyo. You can see beautiful new wooden color on the exterior appearance. Once you step inside of the guest house, it reminds you of Japanese traditional style house.  You can feel nostalgic from the dark color of wood and earthen floor, and they make you want to stay for a long time with a cup of tea. The guest house’s name is “kagaribi” and it has a meaning of “keep lightening up balefire so that many people can come here to gather”.








Two young owners renovated all the interior from scratch by themselves. Every time I come to visit them, they seem very happy and told me all the episodes regarding the wooden fittings.  Some of the interiors are donated from the people in this community. The guest house became a place where you can feel comfort and warm feeling of people.



Finally, it is the opening day, and congratulations!! How do you feel about accomplishing the construction?


We are thrilled to welcoming the guests. It is partly exciting but on the other side, we wonder how our gusts will take in this place. This is our first experience to run the guest house, so we have a slight bit of fear against uncertain things.

Please go to booking.com, our home page, or Facebook for reservation.


http://kagaribi-inn.tokyo/







Why did you decide to start a guest house?


There are good value and quality in the Japanese traditional houses and malted rice. We wanted to open the place where we can promote two things together at the same time and it was a guest house. We do not specialize in the guests from the overseas, but it is more for the wide variety of travelers from all the places.

The land owner of this place is a translator who lives in the overseas so he welcomed for what we wanted to start. We had a business novelty for this area and it was quite easy to get a permission from public administration. We thought about opening a guest house in Kawagoe or Saitama, but we are glad that we ended up in Kitasenju since it has better access.

There are too many guest houses in other area of central Tokyo like Asakusa. Kitasenju is a very convenient and unique place where many lines of subways and JR pass through. People use here as an entrance or via point to access the local regions.

Our place is located near the Arakawa river, and there is a great road for a bicycle. People who ride a bicycle could stay here to rest and travel to the local regions.






You have renovated this place by yourself. What is your feeling for this place?


We do not have any knowledge or skill like a professional workman, so we came through the entire process with anxiousness. There were not enough wooden fittings, so we have started drawing our idea on a piece of paper. As you can see this layout map, we wanted to make Japanese traditional style interior. We have worked on the construction for four months adhere to embodiment of our first idea. We are fully satisfied with completed guest house.



You got some of the wooden fittings from the people around here, your family, and friends. How did you make tight human connection in the short term?


There are very kind people in this area like the owner of public bath, our neighborhood, Adachi ward office, and people who saw our post on the Facebook. We have started this place without any connection between the area and people, so we just wanted to let people know what we are going to start. I guess these helpful people saw our post and were interested in the new idea. Then they came over to see the construction site, and some people introduced us to a professional workman or a person who is familiar with this community.



If you look closer at the wooden fittings, you can see the details where we used our ingenuity. I hope local people will understand what we are doing here. We also want to cooperate for the enlivenment of the community with the commercial district.





How do you want your guest especially from the overseas to use your guest house?


I want them to enjoy the down town in Tokyo. There are many low-price things, and people are warm. You can experience a public bath, and interaction of people exists in the community. We are thinking about many events for the guests. For example, introducing a tea ceremony, cooking malted rice, sharing our daily meal could be great experience of Japanese culture.



This is also an entrance of the provinces. It is a convenient place to access to Saitama, Gunma, and Ibakaraki for going on a hiking or visit a hot spring. It is close to Ueno and Nippori so that the access to Narita Airport is best. There is a shuttle bass from Kitasenju station to Haneda Airport.



How do you want to expand your business through this place?


We would like to sell pudding and sandwich incorporating with malted rice. We want to try something new for this area. Our guest house could be the place for advertisement of local area. Since we renovated this place from scratch, and I hope our guests will understand our passion. To host our guests with the best hospitality, we prepared snack boxes in each room.





Please give us the final message for the audience.


We made a short movie regarding our four months of renovation. I hope you can enjoy watching it and if you are interested in seeing the real place, we are more than happy to show you.
You will be able to see the traditional Japanese style in the wooden fittings in everywhere. It might be the common house style back in the old days, but young generation do not know these things. It will be the best place to experience nostalgic Japanese house.

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