Working from home: House has bookstore and Café inside

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Bookstores are a dying breed; it's hard to make a living when you are competing with Amazon and the e-reader. But for many, they are like a second home. Here is an interesting retirement idea: build a bookstore into your home. In Izu, home of many hot springs and a popular weekend getaway from Tokyo (and an amazing train where all the seats face sideways to catch panoramic views of the coast), a retired couple did exactly that. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow-Wow built "a house with a bookshop and a cafe where their neighbors and visitors can stop by. - See more at:"

As a retirement project and a labor of love, a bookstore might actually have a chance.

Izu Book Cafe from JA+U on Vimeo.

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