Ibasho Café

What is the Ibasho Café? The Ibasho Café is a place where people gather in an informal manner. It is a place where people from the surrounding community can find their “Ibasho”, which is a Japanese word for “ a place where one can feel at home, and be oneself.” In the Ibasho Café, elders […]

Where we work?


In April, 2014, five months after the typhoon Yolanda alit in the Philippines, Ibasho teams and HelpAge-COSE members visited five communities affected by the typhoon, including Barangay Bagong Buhay. The visitors helped assess the communities’ needs and exchanged ideas with local elders about how Ibasho can help elders to develop their livelihood projects that also […]


Ibasho team has visited to Nepal in February, 2016, to launch our project with a social venture company, Bihani, founded by Santoshi Rana. It all started with an email from Santoshi, asking us “Nepal needs the Ibasho concept. How can we adapt it here?” Since we did not have resources to kick started at that […]


In 2011, over 18,000 people were killed and more than 65,000 people were displaced when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan. Entire communities were devastated, but among the survivors, both older and young spoke of elders who saved younger people’s lives by guiding them to higher ground and teaching them how to survive […]


This project is initiated by Dr. Mary Ann Tsao, who cares deeply about elders around the world. She learned about the difficult living situation of elderly monks, and put together an expert team to create a community where Bhutanese elderly monks are able to pursue spiritual growth through meditation and enjoy the fellowship of colleagues […]

Ivory Coast

This project started as La Maison du Père, a community for retired priests integrated with a local village to enable elderly priests to engage in teaching in a variety of ways. Ibasho has been involved in strategic planning, architectural and programmatic planning, and training collaborating with local organization. Project description generational community Technical high school […]

Sri Lanka

Renovation of a locally significant building into homes for elders without family members, and a community center for villagers to congregate. The building was donated by a retired collage professor in Sri Lanka. Ibasho involved in aging in community research, conceptual, and schematic design for this project collaborating with Hokkaido University, Japan. Project description Provide […]