|Uno Slope House|
|Bed and Breakfast for Naoshima Island and Seto Inland Sea visitors|
Uno Slope House used to be Max's family house. Max is a filmmaker, who lived in Brooklyn, New York for twenty years. He is now stationed in Uno for his next project and has started this alternative lodging with the hope that foreign visitors would gain a unique and memorable local experience during their stay in the Seto Inland region where he grew up.
With his experience of traveling the world as a documentary crew member for TV/film, Max knows international travelers' needs and is familiar with many different cultures. Yet he is very Japanese. He looks forward to enhancing your stay in his hometown.
An Uno-native Shiori attended college in upstate New York. Her family runs a local Japanese diner, Osaka-ya, that offers friendly, reasonable, and traditional Japanese dining and has become a favorite among our guests. She could give you hidden local tips as she has worked at the tourist information center at the Uno port during the Setouchi Art Festival.
Along with helping out at Uno Slope House, Atsushi is a working artist
(illustrator/print-artist) and has a studio at the artist-loft near the Uno station, called Ekihigashi-soko. It is a huge former warehouse that was turned into an art gallery and a collection of artists' studios. Stop by there (while waiting for the sleepy JR Uno train :)) to check out his work and the work of other local artists.
Saori, a former professional pastry chef in Tokyo, finds time to help Uno Slope House as well as bake cakes and cookies while busy raising her daughter. Her urban sweets are available at a monthly event held by Loch House, an Uno-based migrant women’s coop community.
While helping out at Uno Slope House, Yumiko, who recently arrived in Uno from Fukushima, runs her own bookstore and books, located in the Higashiyama building near Uno port. The newly-opened bookstore also holds craft-making workshops for children..
A weekend helper, Kumiko is also a Loch House member and an active volunteer at Kodomo-Mirai Ai (children-future love) Network, an NPO for the children whose families have recently migrated to Okayama from Fukushima and from the northeastern part of Japan. She has lived in Australia for a year.
Interested in self-grown vegetables and looking for a slower life, a Tokyo native Momoko found Uno Slope House after having lived in Australia and Canada in the previous years. She once took a bike tour of Japan and discovered much goodness of Japanese local cities, which she appreciates even more after her international experiences.
Max's nephew Wataru helps in transportation and other duties at Uno Slope House.
Masato & Toco-chan
Also helping in transportaion behicles, Max's old-time friend Masato and his lovely wife Toko-chan. They are the most reliable local natives.