In March, I met a woman with a wonderful smile at a meeting.She seemed to be running a hotel in Osaka, Hotel Noum OSAKA. She is Tomoko Miyajima, the CEO of Hotel Noum OSAKA. She seemed to be running a hotel in Osaka, Hotel Noum OSAKA.I liked the coffee and sweets there and often visited the cafe. I also found out that we lived in the same area, and our friendship quickly grew. And that’s how this interview came about.
You might not know that Osaka is an water metropolis, where culture, commerce, and finance flourished along with the river. Even today, there are 33 rivers, large and small, in Osaka City, and for the past 10 years, the government has been actively promoting waterfront life and people’s livelihood under the concept of “Water Metropolis Osaka. In particular, Nakanoshima, also known as the “City Island of Osaka,” has played a major role in the development of Osaka. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the area was 135 warehouses of various clans, and in the modern era (1868-1912), securities, finance and social circles flourished in the Nakanoshima area, which still retains a unique, mature and cultural flavor. On the east side of the Nakanoshima neighborhood, in a corner where the old Yodo River, the Okawa River, flows in front of you and a lush green park spreads out, is Noum, where you can feel a fresh, foreign atmosphere.
Tomoko Miyajima was born in Yamagata Prefecture. While studying at Fukushima University, she met Takahiro Homma (later the founder of Backpackers’ Japan), who would have a great impact on her life. In this interview, we talked a lot about her life from that time to the present when she is running Noum.
Interview by Junko Sasanuki (chignitta)
Photographs: Hotel Noum OSAKA、Yoshihiro Taniguchi (chignitta)