Can the Shonan summertime occasion place work as an workplace?
SoraNews24 has a daily workplace in downtown Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, however on any given day we have lots of people working remotely as nicely, whether or not within the subject or telecommuting from dwelling. So it wasn’t such a shock once we wakened and had an early-morning message from our coworker Seiji Nakazawa which mentioned:
“Gonna be working from the home at the moment.”
No, the shock got here just a little later when Seiji despatched us this working-from-the-house snapshot he took.
For a second, we thought Seiji have to be completely rolling in money from his latest keep in mind idol lyric-writing gig, as a result of we do not him proudly owning a beach-front property. However it seems Seiji’s luxurious working-from-the-house setting is not a results of newfound wealth, however good old school wordplay.
See, when summer time rolls round in Japan, they construct short-term eating places on the seashores. They serve meals, however they’re particularly common as locations to chill out within the shade and have a drink, and a few additionally supply locker and bathe amenities. Principally, they’re like just a little home-away-from-home for day trippers, they usually’re known as umi no iewhich implies “seaside homes,” and that is the type of home Seiji was working from this present day.
Not each seaside in Japan has umi no ie, however within the Tokyo space, you will discover them each summer time on the Shonan coast, because the southern-facing shore of Kanagawa Prefecture known as. Specifically, there is a lengthy row of umi no ie close to Katase Enoshima Station.
Katase Enoshima, as luck would have it, is on the Odakyu practice line community, and nearly an hour south from Shinjuku. So it was an particularly tempting detour for Seiji as he rode the practice in direction of the SoraNews24 workplace, and after giving it some thought, he could not discover any good motive to attempt to combat mentioned temptation.
Just about as quickly as he stepped out of the station, he was greeted with coastal surroundings and the scent of sea breezes. After exiting the ticket gates, you are solely a few block away from the seaside, and Seiji began searching for an umi no ie to do some teleworking from.
Easier umi no ie have interiors and furnishings that is primarily simply picket planks, possibly with just a little bit of colourful paint. They’re solely in enterprise in the course of the summer time, in any case, so as soon as the season’s executed they get dismantled. Due to Shonan’s modern ambiance, although, you will discover some fancier examples blended in on the Enoshima seaside, and Seiji determined to saunter into considered one of them.
OK, possibly “saunter” is not the best phrase. Particularly on the weekends, umi no ie have a popularity as occasion locations. The type of enjoyable, energetic get-togethers that they make beer and sunscreen commercials about. Principally, the type of events that Seiji, as somebody who spent the primary few many years of his life as a painfully shy man, does not have a lot first-hand expertise with, and so he questioned if he’d get unusual appears to be like from the employees and different prospects.
His fears turned out to be totally unfounded although. Nobody batted an eye fixed when, after taking a seat and ordering some glowing mineral water, he pulled out his laptop computer and began typing away. A part of that could be as a result of the truth that it was a weekday afternoon, when enterprise tends to be fairly gradual at umi no ie and utilizing a settee seat all by himself wasn’t a problem, however in any case the wait employees was pleasant and accommodating.
In order he sat there, listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the wind gently tussling his hair, he thought to himself…
“That is superb. Why did not I do these years in the past?”
Even with the warmth wave Japan goes by means of, Seiji felt cool and comfy. Umi no Ie are designed in order that their again half (which faces the ocean) is as open as attainable, and customarily have strong picket roofs, so between the shade and the wind he was completely snug even with none air-con. With a laptop computer and smartphone for tethering, he was able to get to work…type of.
As luxurious and classy because it feels, there are a few issues to pay attention to if you are going to telework from an umi no ie. First, that stunning surroundings is usually a double-edged sword. It positively had Seiji feeling all types of optimistic vibes, which is at all times a plus for inventive work like writing. That mentioned, there’s additionally the tendency to stare off on the horizon and simply, like, let your thoughts wander, dude, with out making an attempt to power your ideas into issues like “deadlines,” “productiveness,” or “doing something my boss informed me I am speculated to do at the moment.”
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Subject #2: The background music, particularly the quantity. Umi no ie blur the road between a restaurant and a bar, so lots of them actually need to domesticate a energetic, party-like ambiance, and that always means loud music. The quantity specifically tends to get turned up on weekends and Friday nights, however some pump the occasion tunes even on weekday afternoons. That may make it onerous to focus on work if you have to get right down to fine-point particulars.
It is also essential to be sure to absolutely cost any obligatory gadgets earlier than you present up at an umi no ie to do some teleworking. Whereas some supply smartphone charging companies, basically you are not going to seek out energy retailers at each seat such as you would at a everlasting brick-and-mortar cafe.
▼ Seiji ultimately moved to a department of Hoshino Espresso to complete the second half of his shift.
Taking all that into consideration, an umi no ie may not be your best option for a full-day of labor should you’re on a decent schedule and actually need to hit some onerous productiveness targets. However as a spot to emotionally recharge whereas getting some free-form idea brainstorming executed?
Like Seiji mentioned, it is one thing he ought to have tried years in the past.
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