Narratives of ‘CAMPTON’ encountered with a certain traditional woody house, called “Machiya”, in central Kyoto.
This house is faced to the famous street in this area, called “Nene-no-Michi (Nene Street) ”which is along to a certain temple “Koidaiji Temple” where Nene who was the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi has prayed Hideyoshi’s restful after his dead.(Hideyoshi Toyotomi was the chief advisor of Emperor until beginning of Edo era).
It was a breath taking house with a noble tea-ceremony room and a beautiful seasonal garden, however, its roof was distorted by the weight of the Japanese roof tile and the floor was also tilted due to this house was 55 years old.
「We strongly felt that we have to transmit this house to posterity, keeping with the gorgeous shape. To remain this kind of history will be some benefit for Kyoto and also for Japan as well. this is our mission.」
Therefore we have set forth to re-utilize this kind of traditional woody house “Machiya” and to save this historical town, Kyoto as our company mission.
So we renovate Machiya by the traditional architectural method to reuse them as accommodation facility. That is why and how we start this company.
This is the prologue for ‘CAMPTON’
The company president Masao Ono originally worked for a major foreign capital bank as Vice President of Private Banking Department and he mainly dealt with real estate investment arrangement utilizing of foreign real estate for Japanese High Net Worth Individual. He also tried to keep and remain a certain traditional architecture through funds for remaking them to be a suitable property at present.
「Once crashed it, it will never come back. Rebuilt building is required years of 100 years to have same history.」
It is cheaper and time shortening to newly build but we chose to refurbish this kind of MACHIYA very carefully from its detail of wall to beam structure because we pay our respect to the ancestors before us.
We will use this MACHIYA near Koudaiji as our head office and we will open 10 machiya accommodation facility in 2016.
We hope to preserve scenery of an ancient capital, making more MACHIYA with new value by refurbishment.
Our company’s name「CAMPTON」comes from Ono’s favorite hotel in San Francisco. He wishes all employees do their job as a professional to create a luxurious space like that hotel.
We, “CAMPTON” will focus to operate and manage of Lodging without supply of any meal. (About meals)
We offer our guest to enjoy their shopping and to have their lunch and dinner at neighborhood shops and restaurant. We hope to exist and prosper with all of the industry in Kyoto.