About Us

A Community is a Living Thing

“Life is better shared”

Welcome to Ryozan Park

As an international family communicating in three languages, we understand the rewards that come with diverse perspectives.

It has been wonderful to see the place where our family has lived for 100 years invigorated by new ideas, cultures, and friendship since Ryozan Park opened. Families have blossomed, and individuals flourished in a vibrant community that believes in collaboration, work-life balance and equality. A community is a living thing, and ours continues to evolve, year on year, growing in texture and richness with each new member.

We look forward to meeting you,

The Takezawas.

Timeline

Our journey so far

2011

Inspired by the efforts of international students in supporting Japan after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Nori returns home after five years in Washington DC with plans to invigorate his local community. Rachel is working as an announcer at NHK World TV and writing a thesis on gender equality in the Japanese workplace. They meet in December.

2012

Ryozan Park Share House opens in April. Rooms are full after just a few months and the community begins to flourish.

2013

Shared offices open in the Sugamo Grand Toho building and attract international startups. Nori and Rachel research the best ways to add value to their community, promote work-life balance and support working mothers in Tokyo.

2015

Following the success of the offices and share house in Sugamo, Ryozan Park Otsuka opens with private offices, coworking and a part-time daycare called Kosodate Village.

2018

Kosodate Village is replaced by Ryozan Park Preschool, offering full-time curriculum-based preschool education in English.

2019

Office membership continues to grow. Two additional coworking spaces open in Sugamo: gallery-style Annex and cafe-style Lounge, which features a bar powered by a local craft beer company.

2011

Inspired by the efforts of international students in supporting Japan after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Nori returns home after five years in Washington DC with plans to invigorate his local community. Rachel is working as an announcer at NHK World TV and writing a thesis on gender equality in the Japanese workplace. They meet in December.

2012

Ryozan Park Share House opens in April. Rooms are full after just a few months and the community begins to flourish.

2013

Shared offices open in the Sugamo Grand Toho building and attract international startups. Nori and Rachel research the best ways to add value to their community, promote work-life balance and support working mothers in Tokyo.

2015

Following the success of the offices and share house in Sugamo, Ryozan Park Otsuka opens with private offices, coworking and a part-time daycare called Kosodate Village.

2018

Kosodate Village is replaced by Ryozan Park Preschool, offering full-time curriculum-based preschool education in English.

2019

Office membership continues to grow. Two additional coworking spaces open in Sugamo: gallery-style Annex and cafe-style Lounge, which features a bar powered by a local craft beer company.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ”

Jane Howard
Meet the Team

What I love about Ryozan Parks is…

Noritaka & Rachel

Owners

Nori: … the alchemy that happens when you put like-minded individuals in a stimulating environment: new ways of thinking, new values, new ways of working, new collaborations and even new families are created.

Rachel: … being able to raise my children in a village-style community, where help, advice, support, ideas and good times are readily available.

Naomi

Ryozan Park Preschool Director

… it’s a place where everyone, from children to adults, can grow through their connection to one another. I love that it’s a place outside of the family home where you can say ‘I’m back!” and everyone welcomes you warmly.

Shingo

Community Manager

… being surrounded by friends that support you through challenges. It’s also a place where you can learn about child care, culture and social issues. That’s Ryozan Park: a place where I feel I’m always growing.

Akira

Incubation Manager

… it’s a community of people who make life decisions based on their own standards rather than the norm. Themes of life, work and personal growth can be explored while extending both global and local networks.

Kuv Ahmad

Kuv

Marketing & Incubation Manager

… being part of a community that genuinely cares for each other. And it’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who work across a variety of sectors. It makes working here feel like I’m doing something for the benefit of the area and for the next generation.

Join the Team

Do you want a job that encourages diversity and work-life balance, where you can meet new people in a village-like environment, supporting the needs of individuals, where you can have your voice heard be an integral part of a small team? Check below for opportunities or email to let us know how your expertise could enhance our community.

Preschool Teacher Internship

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

Ken Blanchard
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