Misaki is a young writer and creative from Shizuoka Prefecture, but she first started her career, as many do, in Tokyo, where she worked for a media company. In fact, it was her time in Tokyo that brought her to Shimokawa to begin with, as her work involved interviewing people around Japan about their countryside lifestyles, and one unexpected project brought her to the area. As work went on, the idea of helping local areas get noticed started to brew in her mind, but she wanted to pursue that goal in a truly rural place, away from the big city.
The call came from Shimokawa, and without thinking twice she packed her bags and set out on a new adventure, joining the town’s marketing and promotion office, and doing the most important thing when moving to rural Japan: Meeting the locals and diving deep into the area right away!
Soon Misaki saw the opportunity to start a guesthouse, a place where travelers from all over Japan and the world can connect with the local community and experience Shimokawa on a deeper level; just as she had experienced while backpacking to places like Finland, Kenya, and Morocco.
Along with a local adventure guide, she founded Anshare Guesthouse (https://www.airbnb.jp/rooms/26283713), and for the past year has been welcoming guests from every corner of the world. Her main goal is promoting Shimokawa, especially showing the beauty of the region to other young people seeking their own adventures. For Misaki, the challenge of going to a remote place with no trains and small populations–yet surrounded by beautiful nature and endless opportunities– is to connect with it and utilize it creatively. We learned all of this under the glow of the light fixtures that Misaki crafted using local wood, adding a design flourish that feels perfect in Hokkaido, but would suit a modern Tokyo apartment as well.