Ibasho means “a place where you can feel like yourself” in Japanese. Located in Japan, Nepal, the Philippines and soon to be in Singapore, Ibasho projects are community hubs that guide older persons to be change agents in their community. Because Ibasho spaces are multi-generational, there is a constant negotiation of activity and noise.
Founder of the Ibasho project Emi Kiyota regards outdoor spaces as important refuges of privacy and peace. Transitions between indoor and outdoor should also be well considered for ease of movement so elderly can create their own boundaries between privacy and social connection.