TENTO is a shared office built with thinning trees in Yamakita machi, the westernmost part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is located in the shared workplace “mass × mass*” in Naka-Ku, Yokohama City.
The name “TENTO” means the place where entrepreneurs attempting to solve social problems through business methods can gather. They eat, exchange information, and socialize together in a mountain lodge, TENTO.
One of the features of TENTO is that the booths are made of locally grown thinned wood. Wouldn’t it be nice to save the forest and the water in the local area by working in Yokohama? To keep the forest healthy and maintain vital water sources, the TENTO office is made of thinning trees in Yamakita machi, which is the source of Yokohama’s water.
The residents of the office can visit Yamakita machi too. By stepping into the forest, they will be able to inspirations for new ideas and interact with other shared office residents through events such as camping and barbecues.
As of 2021, there is another TENTO base in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, called “Numashin COMPASS | TENTO Numazu,” built with the nearest thinned wood in Mt. Shidaka as well.
*mass × mass (Kannai Future Center) is a shared workplace operated by Kannai Innovation Initiative Co.. It functions as a community platform with co-working space and workshop studio all in one.