The community manager system was started four years ago.
As the number of Kizunaya sharehouses increased, we felt that it was hard to create a community. Building a community in one house and building a community in multiple houses look the same, but different. That’s what we felt as Kizunaya sharehouse grew.
We, Kizunaya sharehouse, claim to be a “sharehouse with community,” and we want to make sure that this is not just words, but the proper shape of a community. However, at the time, we really didn’t know what we were doing when we started.
Even if a lot of people get together, it doesn’t mean that a community will be created on its own.
(An empty living room is still lonely.)
(The living room, where everyone gathers, is still warm.）
Apparently, the coziness of a share house is determined by the atmosphere of the living room.
When you hold a lot of dinner parties, it’s easy for everyone to get along naturally. The time spent around the dining table is proportional to the trust each of you.
To work on something together with a common goal to make the relationship stronger.
(Photos from the Kizunaya event, an abandoned school camp)
The higher the level of common understanding among tenants about cleaning, manners and rules, the more secure they feel about their homes.
(It’s still nice to have a space where you don’t leave your personal belongings behind.)
Since all of the managers originally lived in a share house, through our own experiences and through repeated trial and error, we’ve been able to establish a stable, homey community that’s typical of Kizunaya sharehouse.
When we came to the conclusion that we could create a comfortable community, we decided to move on. The next question that came to mind was, “How can we create a comfortable community where we (the administrators) are not present?”
A community that doesn’t thrive without us (the administrators) is not a good community for everyone. That’s right! They love living in a share house with the same passion as us, and want to do something for everyone. Let’s think about building a community together with members who are filled with the desire to “make a share house” and are interested in doing so. If there was one person in each house with such a desire, perhaps a cozy community could be created in every house! It was with this in mind that we started the “Community Manager System”.
When we introduced the community manager system, we would talk to house families whom we thought, “This girl has such wonderful ideas,” or “I wish I could manage a house with him,” and they would always say something like this.
“Are you sure it’s okay with me?
“Thank you for asking me! I’ll do my best!
“I’m glad. I’d like to try! .
We were more than happy to hear this.
In a normal share house, we’d probably ask the residents to do a few things like cleaning and ordering supplies. I think other sharehouse companies do so the same. I don’t think it’s very common for people to be thanked when we ask them for help. If we ask them to order the supplies, they said, “I’d be happy to do that.” “Are you sure it’s me?” “Thank you very much!” This is not the common case.
The kind of management and operation we want to do with the community manager is, of course, the kind of work we leave to them, but more than that, it’s the kind of work that says, “I want to think about building a community with you, and make the house you live in even better together.” “I want to think about your life with you.” We’re sure there’s no other share house like it, and I can’t thank the members who’ve stood in front of me as community managers enough.
The members who have joined us so far are truly fascinating people, and they’ve had the opportunity to care for the house members of the share house, reach out to us, and sometimes make the atmosphere more lively, and wonder how they can make their lives more comfortable. We’d like to thank all the community managers for their hard work and dedication. Thank you very, very much to all the community managers. We’re really grateful to everyone for finding Kizunaya sharehouse.
And now, everyone in the house without a community manager. We’re sure that the current atmosphere of the house is due to the fact that everyone who lives here is thinking independently and creating a comfortable home in their own way. We are also very grateful for their willingness to accept small requests, and to provide various consultations and feedback about the house. Thank you very much for everything.
The community manager system, however, will be abolished in 2021.
Why? Doesn’t the community matter anymore? Is it going to be the same as before?
Yes, yes, yes!! And we can also say no, it’s not. We’ve decided to abolish the community manager system because we want to create an even warmer and cozier atmosphere than before, and because we want to be a community share house where everyone who lives here plays a leading role, and where everyone can be their own place.
That’s why we decided to abolish the community manager system.
We received hints and insights from the community managers we’ve been working with to manage the house. As we talked together, the community managers themselves had a strong desire to “love this house and want to do something for everyone,” but at the same time, they also shared a common desire to “not have a community that can’t thrive without us.”
In some ways, having a role makes it easier to liven up the house and communicate the rules, but if you are too tied down to that role, you may lose sight of who you really are. Roles are sometimes rewarding and important in a community, but it’s not the same as being tied down to a role that says “this is what you should do.”
Also, in the Kizunaya sharehouse community, when a problem arises, the starting point for communication is not “I want you to do this,” but rather “What can I do?” We want to think about building a community together from the beginning. In building a community, it is very important to have an equal relationship with each other, rather than being divided into “givers” and “takers”.
Hearing the voice of such a community manager, we thought again about the community we want to create.
The community we want to create at Kizunaya sharehouse is one where everyone feels comfortable, and the most important thing is for everyone to feel at home. While it’s important to have a common understanding of the value of the share house that Kizunaya wants to create, we also want to make sure that everyone feels the value of the share house in their own way.
Rather than a community where a certain person takes the lead and makes things happen, we’d like to create a community where everyone plays a leading role, where everyone’s strengths are utilized and everyone’s “I want to do it!”
Rather than a community with many people who think “I want you to do something for me”, rather than a community with many people who want to do something, we want to create a community with many people who want to do something for others.
What is important in community life is not “I feel uncomfortable because this person doesn’t do this for me!” but rather “What can I do for everyone?”
When we thought about the community of the Kizunaya sharehouse again, we came up with this answer. When we came up with this answer, we decided to let go of the community manager system that we had been using as a single system.
Although the community manager system will be abolished, Kizunaya sharehouse will be closer to the residents than ever before, and we hope to be a share house that can provide many opportunities to create a comfortable community for everyone. We want to be a share house that gives you many opportunities to create a community.
We’d like to provide many opportunities for community building, such as a point system to encourage people to hold dinner parties, and “Manabi-ba” to support those who want to try something new. We also have a system of instructors who can support anyone who wants to try something. We also have a family ambassador system to help people find their favorite things in life, and a club activity system to support small communities within the house that are connected by mutual interests.
(Thanks for using the club activity system! Have fun with everyone!)
(After all, dinner with everyone is delicious and a joy… a dinner party…)
In addition to the above, we’re also planning to create many other programs that everyone can enjoy and make use of while staying at the share house. The Kizunaya sharehouse is a place where people can enjoy spending time together. We’d be happy if those who want to do so could freely use the share house as an opportunity to connect with other families.
We have set up various inquiry forms so that you can directly contact the administrators with your concerns and problems. If you have any problems, you can directly contact the administrators from now on. For more details, please check the community board in the house. Although we are still in our infancy as administrators, we will continue to improve and refine our services as quickly and sincerely as possible. Thank you for your cooperation, especially when it comes to repairs.
In the future, we plan to create a community where all residents of Kizunaya sharehouses can participate, think about community building with the management, and share information about the community of each house with other families. It’s by request, and anyone interested can participate. We will let you know the details when they are finalized, so please look forward to it.
Kizunaya sharehouse’s desire for community is important.
Nothing has changed in the past or the present. If there are 350 residents, there will be 350 different ways for you to find the value of living in a share house. We’re very happy.
May your shared life become even more fulfilling, with everyone taking the lead! We’d like to continue to be a platform where everyone can create their own share house (community). Please keep up the good work!