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Child-rearing Café “eatoco” had been running a place where children and parents can relax together with other people form the local community. They also started selling organic vegetables, bread, and some baked sweets at the market. Now, they are preparing for opening a new child-rearing café and looking for a location near Nishiarai, Tokyo. We interviewed the representative, Ms. Naoko Abe.
What was your occupation before running this organization?
I used to work for an editorial company making real estate letterzines, but I was not so into the staid business field. When I had to edit the book no one would read, I realized that I have to work for the people who actually I can see right in front.
What is on the origin to start Child-rearing Café?
After giving my birth to the first child, I wanted to have a little time to rest while someone can watch over my baby. If “someone” could be your friend, you need to make a phone call to ask for a visit from time to time. I wanted to have a cozy place where any mothers can come anytime they want to relax without feeling uneasy. Children do not have to be watched over not only from parents but should be supported by the entire community like a decade ago.
If you have an unusual idea like no one would listen to, it is easy to end up not making an action and you will regret later. I just kept telling other mothers of my unusual idea establishing Child-rearing Café. Then some people who have a variety of talent felt the same way and we all struggled to make it to the real.
When you become 40s, you think about how you want to live in your life rather than how other people think who you are. I wish all the people could think the same so that they can live freely.
What would you like to attain through running Child-rearing Café?
I would like to provide a place where the neighbors and mothers who are exhausted after taking care of children can relax together. Therefore, we need an assistant like grandmother who can watch over children only a short time. This will be the place where all generations can communicate without boundaries. In Japan, there are many nuclear families so we no longer have a chance to speak to elderly people. When grandmothers and grandfathers have a role in the café, they would feel like they can be of assistance still.
What is the effect for the children when they can communicate with different generations?
They become more patient, gentle, and keep a look out for the elderlies.
Last year when I run café, some people just came for the food, wanted to hung out with children, or just interested in the café, but I think my goal has been achieved to 80 %. I am looking for a new location for the café near Nishiarai station now since the last place was too far away from my place.
What is the ideal image of the new café?
I would like to create a place to heal mothers rather than nursing kids. So it could be stylish despite it is in Adachi-ku.
I would like to stick to natural food like organic vegetables and meat without hormone use. Ever since my children were born, I am more sensitive for food they intake. Making broth with seaweed and dried bonito build up children’s gustation.
I will find a location and prepare for the new café soon so that all the mothers can come to relax with great atmosphere. Please contact me if you ever know the open space near Nishiarai, Tokyo.
Thank you very much for your time and wish you the best for opening Child-rearing Café.
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