Hi. I am Hazuki, the owner of THE EVERGREEN HOSTEL. I’m writing how this hostel was made based on the writings that I had accumulated in the past.
■ October 16th, 2015 Going to Hiroshima
As soon as I had done my job on Friday, I hurried back home and crammed PC and clothes into the bag and headed to West Exit of Shinjuku Station.
It was my second time to take an overnight bus to Hiroshima. It’s hard and painful. It’s like a training.
It’s a sweatshop to make frequent business trips like this… (I decided though)
Moreover, the bus turns off the lights at 9:00 p.m. How fast!
I can’t go to sleep at 9:00 p.m.
However, it’s very helpful that the bus arrives at Hiroshima Station early in the morning.
I was about to get sick from an economy-class syndrome and I dropped by at my house in Hiroshima with an unsteady walk. I took a shower and left for the property.
Husband: “Not that this is anything new… But you’re so busy…”
Me: “Well, I’m sorry that I’m bustling around the house. Suppose I’m a dream or something! Bye!
Husband: “Yeah, right. Have a nice day.”
■ October 17th, 2015 Found advisors of designing!
It was a crystalline autumn sky in Hiroshima.
At 11:30 a.m. I greeted Mr. Ando, an architect. We exchanged cards. He looked younger than the photo on the website.
“I’m sorry, but I specialize in housing. I think a person who is good at designing stores should handle this. So, I’ll take my colleague with me today to the sight inspection of the property.”
Mr. Ando has a fascinating personality because he meets me in person and follows the entire project without leaving it with his colleague.
“It’ll be a long way to go, but our housing team is strong in some of the interior construction (such as small objects), so I’ll get involved with you more then.”
Aha. There’s a team which is good at stores and a team which is good at housing. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth…?
It’s just fun to learn something that I don’t know. I remembered people whom I exchanged words with over store development. They were maybe a team that handles stores.
While I was talking about my ideas and rough outlines, another designer came to our table. He was called by Mr. Ando. His name was Mr. Miyazaki, who had a detailed knowledge of store designing. I couldn’t thank them enough for getting along with a suspicious stranger like me.
While we were walking toward the property, Mr. Ando told me the very important thing.
“A town near here, ‘Tokaichi’ is powerful. There are so many nice cafes and stores that are featured on a magazine. There is also a map of the shopping street like this. Please take a look.”
The map of the town was a surprisingly cool design.
(I walked here slowly again at night. It was an atmospheric “town.”)
Then, I met Mr. N to do a sight inspection. He was amazed to see two men and said “Did you have designers to help you?”
I had seen many photos before, so I didn’t feel like it was my first time to enter the property… Mr. Ando and Mr. Miyazaki had different views compared to me. Especially, Mr. Miyazaki was a professional in store designing, so (it seemed that) he was checking disaster prevention equipment. The number and location of emergency lighting equipment, checking the building structure for smoke elimination, etc.
After that, we inspected Property C together. They said they need a week to send me the design and rough estimate for the two properties. I feel like I’ve gone ahead.
At night, I visited the website of the company where Mr. Ando is working and I noticed that I was on Instagram.
ぼくは住宅屋なんですが、クライアント様からゲストハウスプロジェクトの相談を頂きました。今日は顔合わせ。相談頂いた以上ほっとけなくて今日に至りました。基本、餅は餅屋という考えでおります。だから住宅屋のぼくはハブの役割に徹しようと思っています。ただ、月と雨建築舎の活動を見ていただいてお問い合わせ頂いているので、その想いはちゃんと汲み取り、カタチにできれば幸せだなってイメージしています。それも間接的だけど、自分の事業が誰かの役に立てるのかなって青臭いこと言ってみます。まだまだ何も分かっていない、ひよっ子の今だから出来ることをやってみようと思います。 ただ、クライアント様の人生がかかっています。借入、売上、収支などの全体的な事も考えて進めることができるか一週間考えます。ぼくには知識が無いので仲間に沢山力を借りて。#月と雨建築舎 #ゲストハウスプロジェクト#DIY#月を感じる心で雨を観る
At any rate, I didn’t know that Honkawacho and Tokaichi are so attractive…