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Switching Gears to Remote Work Switching Gears to Remote Work
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.103
As a freelance editor, I have no office. In the daytime, I go out for interviews and photography, and after the evening I go through multiple editorial departments, and then work mainly at home. I was often told, "It's amazing to be able to work at home," but I had to do so regardless of what I liked. He is a freelancer who works on rainy days, windy days, motivated days, hangovers and tough days. I have learned "remote work techniques".
In 2020, many strangely many people said, "Comfortable! It is the year to look for "Remote work techniques". The answer varies depending on the content of the work, the family structure, and the floor plan of the house, but the point is that "how to switch your feelings" in the context of everyday and work. GINZA SIX is such a "motivation switch" (is this old?……) It's a perfect place to find. First of all, the building is excellent. It's not like the usual "parker and sneakers", but I want to change into a little beautiful clothes, make up properly, and step in with the feeling of "I'm going out!" Okay.
Go through the entrance from the crowd in Ginza and turn to the world of GINZA SIX shopping. The escalator has a sense of elevation since you moved the floor. When I'm at home all the time, I don't have such a "switching time", so I feel like I'm going to do something.
The destination is CIBONE CASE on the 4th floor. The works, interiors and design products of creators in Japan and abroad are lined up. Even in a room with a sense of life, the mood changes due to one "thing".
The tree bottle cover of <Mt.Hari> (15,000 yen * All + tax, which are decorated and decorated in the middle of the Christmas season. It seems to be a brand where Japanese needle artists propose interior items like Hariyama in a sewing box. There is no one with the same pattern, it is fluffy, and it is cute to wear it on a wine bottle as shown on display. "It's nice to put this on the wine you want to drink at Christmas and wait for the day," he said. I have to find something useful for my work.
When you drop your eyes on your feet, you will find <Hender Scheme> leather slippers (12,000 yen). This is perfect for changing your mind! I think that the first step in the success of remote work is to "wash your face and change clothes when you wake up in the morning" (it's natural as a person, so it's not something to say with your face), but even if you change clothes, your feet are barefoot And room socks don't tighten your feelings. This leather slipper, which uses the same leather as the one used on the bottom of the leather shoes and has a tassel like a traditional shoe and a white stitch, can be used as a tension between the outer shoes.
When you get to the desk, you want to put only mugs and hot water that you like beside you. In terms of personal preferences, I like not only coffee but also Japanese tea (I heard that green tea catechin is effective in preventing and improving hangovers). I want to drink at (7,000 yen each). The traditional pattern of Fuefuki is carrying a digital camera, riding a skateboard, turning a record, and so on.…"This is like that person," he said.
"CIBONE CASE" has a rich selection of vessels by Japanese writers, and there is no same thing as one because it is a handmade work. The work of Shohei Ono (9,000 yen) was picked up on this day. He has a potter, Tetsuhei Ono, as his father, and is a writer who makes his own glaze raw materials. Even though I work remotely, I enjoy lunchtime. If you want to finish your lunch at work with a single plate as much as possible, this vessel is a salted plum with just the size and depth. Even if you rely on our house, if you serve it, you will feel a little good lunch.
In addition, diffusers (8,900 yen) of LABORATORIO OLFATTIVO, an experimental project on scents born in Italy, and succulent plants (35,000 yen) based in Hiroshima, etc. There are many things that help create a cozy space at "CIBONESECA".
In fact, no one can do so even if they want to move to a house with a work room, arrange work desks and chairs, or change the environment significantly. But you can change the switch just by changing the slippers, drinking water and diffusers. The important thing is to know what changes make your feelings easier to switch.
For example, "sound" may be one of the "motivation switches". At least it's very important for me, radio until I wake up and finish the email in the morning, intelligence when I work hard and write a manuscript, I'm going to work hard with high BPM when I have to work hard.……I am making Spotify a full operation to inspire myself. Next, we went to "Mono and Oto SIT BACK & RELLAX", a 2F premium audio select Shops” for a limited time until February 28, 2021 with the aim of improving the sound environment.
The store is lined with high-quality audio with Bluetooth and excellent design. The speakers of the Swedish audio brand "TRANSPARENT" can be removed and replaced because each part is modules, and it seems that sustainability has been realized. The "STEL SPEAKER" (300,000 yen) of the black body with a presence is also chic, and the transparent type "TRANSPARENT SPEAKER" (138,800 yen) made of tempered glass is like an art piece.
This is from the Swiss audio brand "GENEVA" (18,500 yen / 24,800 yen). A small size like a compact camera, a straight and simple design, and a stretched antenna give a classic impression. It does not get in the way on the desk, and it seems to be easy to use to keep it in the kitchen. It is said that it is possible to regenerate continuously for 20 hours from full charging with a small but powerful sound. Even for non-permanent use, there is no loss to keep it.
"Everything is nice, but what's good?……"The staff taught me carefully. "We import and sell only overseas audio brands that we fell in love with, and we sell our own products and products that we thought were interesting." Started business in 2017. On September 6, 2020, he just opened his first real store in GINZA SIX.
When I started thinking, "I want to hear good sounds with good equipment," I was worried about the headphones and also worried about the portable speakers (59,800 yen) of "Marshall". Oh, I want to go camping with this.……I'm sorry. I wonder if I'll go to the music festival next year.……I'm sorry. I started to derail again, so I tightened my mind and went to Ginza Tsutaya Shoten on the 6th floor.
Bahn! The big rake appeared in front of me. It's a collaboration between artist Takeru Amano and Shimizuya Art Department. "Shimizuya" is a long-established store in Miyoshi Saitama, founded in 1925, and started the Ministry of Art with the idea of "creating even more appeal of Kumate with positive interpretation and imagination." I thought, "I want a good rake someday" while being a thin freelancer, but I was checking on Instagram etc. in the shade, so I was impressed to see the real thing and was impressed.……I'm sorry. want……I'm sorry.
I thought it would be nice to have a lot of business so that I could buy a big rake, and I felt that I had to go home and return to work soon. GINZA SIX seems to have pushed the "motivation switch" firmly.
Before returning home, check "GINZA SIX ART CONTAINER". Works based on the concept of "new meeting" are displayed in eight containers in the museum. What I was worried about was the work of artist WAKU on the 2nd floor. If you look at the neon tube that glows in a container painted black inside, you will almost forget the time for a moment, but you have not forgotten the time. By reading the QR code on the concept board, you can share your current location, so I thought, "Let's visit privately and meet here." To do that, I'll go home soon and work harder on remote work.
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Text: Rio Hirai Photos: Megumi Edit: Yuka Okada (81)
As someone who works as a freelance editor, I don’t have an office. In the afternoon, I’ll go research an article or attend a photoshoot. In the evening, I’ll check in with any number of editorial departments. Beyond that, I do almost all my work at home. People would often say: “I can’t believe you actually get work done at home.” But, like it or not, I’ve had no choice. On rainy days, on windy days, on days when I’m raring to go, on days when I’m really hung over, it doesn’t matter: if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Such is the life of a freelancer. That’s why, after so many years, I’ve accumulated certain skills and techniques for making remote work a pleasant experience.
Strangely enough, in 2020, a whole lot of people have had to find their own ways to make remote work more enjoyable. No doubt their solutions differed depending on their job, family circumstances, and floor plan. One key for everyone has been figuring out how to switch gears between work and private life in a place where work and private space are intermingled. GINZA SIX is actually the perfect place to go find that switch that will get you going. First off, the building is gorgeous. I forego my typical hoodie-and-sneakers look, change into some nice clothes, do my makeup, take a deep breath, and…“I’m off!” I’m ready to step in. So, here we go!
I leave the Ginza throng and pass through the entrance into the dazzling world of GINZA SIX. Moving up the floors on the escalator, I’m overcome with elation. When you’re at home all the time, there isn’t much opportunity to switch gears like this, so you end up idling about and not doing a lot.
I’m headed to CIBONE CASE on the fourth floor, home to interior and design products from creators from Japan and beyond. Even in abundantly lived-in rooms, adding just a single new object can change the mood.
We’re in the middle of the Christmas season, so the store interior is suitably and strikingly decorated. My eye is drawn to the Mt. Hari tree-shaped bottle cover (15,000 yen; all prices listed before tax), the pride of a Japanese sewing artist who makes fascinating home décor articles like pincushions in a needlework box. Soft and fluffy, no two of the patterns are the same. The effect of putting them on wine bottles, as in the display here, is just adorable. I could put one on a bottle of wine to drink for Christmas, then await the big day—that’d be great…but I digress. My job here is to find things that will help me work.
I look down at my feet and find these Hender Scheme leather slippers (12,000 yen). How perfect would these be for switching gears! The first step toward successful remote work, I think, is getting up in the morning, washing your face and getting dressed (not that this is at all anything unusual I can boast of, I hasten to add!]). But though you’re dressed, with bare feet or just comfy socks, it can still be hard to get into work mode. The leather of the soles is the same as the leather found on normal leather shoes; the tassel is something you might find on a traditional loafer, while the white stitching adds an accent. The slippers strike the right balance between indoor and outdoor shoes, the right level of tension when focusing on work.
I like to have a favorite coffee mug or teacup next to me when I’m at my desk. I like coffee, naturally, and green tea (the catechin in green tea, I hear, helps prevent and relieve hangovers). So drinking green tea from this Kutani teacup (from Kamide Choemon Pottery) (7,000 yen each) would be ideal. The flute player, a traditional design, holds a boombox while riding a skateboard and spinning records in a way that suggests he might be someone you know, someone you’re close to. The sight is immediately reassuring.
CIBONE CASE features a large selection of bowls by Japanese artists. Each hand-made article is unique. The one I’m holding here is by Shohei Ono (9,000 yen), whose father is Teppei Ono, the ceramicist. Shohei Ono makes his own glazes. The blue glaze on this particular bowl is breathtaking.
Even people working remotely look forward to lunch. If you’re busy and considering having a single dish, this bowl would be just the perfect size and depth. For example, if you order out with Uber Eats, you can fill up the bowl and have, no doubt, a pretty nice lunch.
You’ll find many things at CIBONE CASE that can help energize your space and make it a pleasant place to work, including this diffuser (8,900 yen) from LABORATORIO OLFATTIVO, an experimental aroma project started in Italy, and this succulent plant (35,000 yen) from Qusamura, based in Hiroshima.
Certainly not everyone can move to a house with a home office, set aside a desk and chair just for work, or change their work environment in significant ways. But you can mark the transformation just as decisively with a pair of slippers, or a teacup, or a new diffuser. The key lies in knowing yourself and what changes will help you shift in and out of work mode.
For example, sound can be another way to flip the switch. For me, at least, this is pretty important. From the time I wake up to the time I’m done with email, I listen to the radio. If I have to concentrate especially hard or write an article, it’s instrumental music. When I really have to dig in and make progress, I’ll up the tempo and rev myself up by making maximum use of Spotify. This means my next task is to improve my audio environment. MONO & SOUND SIT BACK & RELAX, a premium audiophile destination, is here on the second floor for limited time (until February 28, 2021). And that’s where I go.
Inside, you’ll find Bluetooth-enabled audio devices featuring exceptional sound quality and design. These speakers, from the Swedish audio brand Transparent, are made up of modules that can be removed and exchanged separately, which they say represents its advocation of sustainability. The impressive, black-bodied STEEL SPEAKER (300,000 yen) is especially striking. TRANSPARENT SPEAKER (138,800 yen), a transparent model made of reinforced glass, looks like an art piece.
These are from the Swiss audio maker GENEVA (18,500 yen / 24,800 yen). They’re small, about the size of a compact camera. Their simple rectilinear lines and extendable antenna combine for a classic look. Placed on a desk, they don’t get in the way. They’d work well in a kitchen, too. They’re small, yes, but the sound is powerful. With a full charge, they can play continuously for 20 hours. Having one for emergencies wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
As I’m thinking, Well, they all look great, I have no idea…, the sales attendant carefully explains things to me. “We import and sell, under license, only the overseas audio brands we really like. Plus, we curate and sell products handled by our company and other products we find interesting.” An online store of the same name was launched in 2017. This store at GINZA SIX has been around since September 6 of last year. It’s the company’s first brick-and-mortar venture.
I start to think, yeah, I’d like to listen to great audio on a good device…these headphones look interesting…and I’m into this Marshall portable speaker (59,800 yen)…maybe I’d take this on camping trips…I wonder if I can go to a music festival next year…Oops, I’m getting off track again. I pull myself together and head to Ginza Tsutaya Books on the sixth floor.
And just like that, a kumade decorative rake (representing success, wealth, and good fortune) slides into view. It’s a collaboration between the artist Takeru Amano and Shimizuya’s Art Division. A venerable maker of kumade rakes founded in 1925 in Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture, Shimizuya launched its Art Division to promote the appeal of kumade that highlight creativity and progressive interpretations. Though I’m just a freelancer, I’ve thought about getting a real kumade someday. I’ve furtively checked them out on Instagram and other places. But seeing a real one in person is amazing—I so want one!
I wonder, perhaps if I hit it big in business I’ll be able to buy a big one someday…Now though, I realize I need to get back home to work. GINZA SIX seems to have flipped my switch back to work mode.
On my way out, I check out GINZA SIX ART CONTAINER. Eight containers set up around the complex feature works based on the theme of new meetup spots. I’m especially fond of the work by the artist WAKU on the second floor. While gazing at the bright neon tubes inside the container painted jet-black inside, for a moment I almost lose track of time, unintentionally. The idea is that you scan the QR code on the concept board to share your current location with others. The next time I’m here on my own time, I’m considering making this my meetup spot. I guess I really do need to head home and get back to remote working.
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Text: Rio Hirai Photos: Megumi Edit: Yuka Okada(81)
Editor and writer. Born in Tokyo in 1989. Worked as an editorial assistant during college and began freelancing in 2015. Writes and edits for magazines like POPEYE, Hanako (Magazine House), SPUR (Shueisha), and others; also involved in online, advertising, and other media, including her role as editor-in-chief of ASBS.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram