Brett originally came from America and taught English in Ojika for two years, during which he grew to love the island.
Yo grew up in Nakadori, the island next to Ojika. She was away living in various parts of the world for 14 years, and has now returned.Neither of us is an Ojika expert compared to the locals but we think the island is worth a hundred visits or even a lifetime, and we try to learn what we can and present it to others in our own way.
What Ojika offers is not limited to its natural beauty. The history and the culture are astonishingly rich, due largely to Ojika’s geography, which is unique within the Goto archipelago. Ojika still maintains many aspects of traditional rural Japan. Life on an isolated island is not exactly convenient, but this isolation has allowed traditional practices and skills to survive.

However, like other parts of rural Japan, the population is aging and their valuable knowledge and skills have few hands to be passed on to.

We want to see the natural environment, communities and culture persist. We start with our own lifestyle; trying to produce what we consume while learning a little simpler way of living. Our programs includes some of those sustainable lifestyle experiences and stories.

Find out more at our main website:  www.gotoexperience.com

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  1. Hello Brett,

    I found your blog by accident when I was researching kominkas. I love what you have done to your place, especially how you preserve the original designs and materials as much as you could.

    I am currently thinking of purchasing a small kominka in Tochigi and I wonder if I can ask you privately regarding the estimated cost of actually making it livable. It is a pretty old house and left to rot when I saw it (the family moved to a newer house and never came back), so a restoration is definitely on the book but my Japanese is limited and I can’t seem to get a ball park figure without getting professionals to go look at the place (charges incurring of course). Also, would like to ask you about traditional construction methods for a small place like yours in the future.

    Thanks for any help you can give!

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