Experience Inaka First-Hand
We started Akiya & Inaka because we saw an opportunity, not to sell a bunch of cheap houses, but to use those cheap houses as a diving board into a wider world of experiences, culture, and business.
Tokyo has historically proven to be only so good a place for entrepreneurial pursuits. With rigid business practices, high cost of living, and a hardware mindset, it is difficult for new ideas to get off the ground there. While we wouldn’t make the case that it is easy to pursue entrepreneurial activities in rural Japan, there are far fewer major hurdles to establishing oneself. But this is, of course, a Big Step to take from the comfort of the Big City.
That got us thinking… a hands-on experience about making it in inaka would be nice!
The Rural Solution
Kaori & Byron live out in Fujino, Kanagawa, a rural community with a well-known history as an artistic enclave for the more enterprising spirits of the Kanto region. They run the organic Kasamatsu Farms, and operate the lovely Yokomura Eco-lodge in a renovated kominka. They have also come on board with A&I to host experiences for Inaka Clubbers!
Their activities on the outskirts of Tokyo are some of the most impressive we’ve seen thus far, but they have a dark secret: they come from Tokyo Big Business.
That’s right, folks, get in on this experience and you’ll be working with people behind a sprawling organic farm, hand-renovated akiya B&B, and *much* more who came from the city, just like you.
Which should make you say, “huh. I bet they’d be great to talk to!” And you’d be right!
Walk the Talk
A lot of the articles about akiya and inaka swirling around out there are fun but lack nuance. And we get it: there’s a lot to be attracted to. Free houses, off-the-grid living, improved quality of life – it’s all good stuff. But the thing the articles miss is that there’s a correct way to do it. Not everywhere is well-suited to your particular needs, nor are all akiya $500 (and we say don’t bother with those).
And so what better way to learn how to extract yourself from the city than going to experience it yourself with a successful couple with 7 years hands-on prior experience?
Connect with Kaori & Byron, and they will show you wonders. From starting your own farm to the intricacies of early education and everything in between. If you’ve got questions about how to live a different kind of life, experience this and you’ll have the resources to answer them yourself.