Projects


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 are respected as assets to the community and a vital source of wisdom. Drinks and snacks are available in the café, and are served by older members of their community.

Japan

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Ibasho Elder Care

Bhutan

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 at a property that King of Bhutan donated for this project.

Ibasho is privileged to be involved in the pre-design, conceptual and schematic design, and age-appropriate design consultancy.

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Where we work?

Japan

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Philippines

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 benefit younger members of community.

Ibasho team chose Barangay Bagong Buhay as the site for an Ibasho project in October 2014 and organized a launching workshop with a group of local ...

Bhutan

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 at a property that King of Bhutan donated for this project.

Ibasho is privileged to be involved in the pre-design, conceptual and schematic design, and age-appropriate design consultancy.

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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.

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Project description

generational community Technical high school for local residents Community Resource Center Library Clinic (and public health education center) Play ground Education facilities Village ...

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.

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Project description

Provide home for elders with no family Retrofit culturally significant housing Create multi-functional elder ...