Coffee & Websites at the Jimdo Café

Imagine the scene: you're getting ready to work on your website, grab a mug of coffee or tea, put the snack bowl in reach -- just like you're in a café! But you're sitting at home and not in a coffeeshop. Sometimes you'd like to talk with other Jimdo users face to face about a new feature or an issue you're having with with a particular layout... A Jimdo café sounds like it'd be perfect! But have you ever seen or heard of one, so it's all just a dream. Not in Japan! The JimdoFriends there would beg to differ...


Two Jimdo Cafés in Japan

These cafés really exist! In Japan, Jimdo users can get together, talk, and work on their websites. If they're so inclined, there are also courses to learn more about building a website. Takuya Kitahara opened the first Jimdo café in Tokyo. His idea was to create a place where Jimdo users and other interested people get together and learn from one another. Every Thursday, Takuya opens the doors of his Jimdo café in a room he's rented in an existing coffee shop. "Every visitor pays for drinks and courses, that's how I pay the rental fee," Takuya explained.


The same thought process and philosophy led to the Jimdo café in Nagoya! "I just stole Takuya's idea," Akira Nozaki admitted, "except I only have my café once a month and make it available to everyone -- whether they pay or not." For Akira, the most important thing is for people to get to know each other and Jimdo.


The Jimdo Café Idea is Spreading

These first two locations in Tokyo and Nagoya are just the beginning. Takuya is dreaming of an entire Jimdo shopping street in Tokyo. And both Jimdo café organizers are sure that the idea will spread very simply in Japan -- and maybe into other countries?


Want to read more about Takuya, Akira, and their idea. Then read the entire interview with Takuya & Akira on There's even a short interview with Mr. Ogawa, a Jimdo café visitor!


Comments: 12 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    eikoko (Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:36)

    good idea

  • #2

    Jose Villalobos (Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:47)

    Very Nice ;)

  • #3

    Chang Uk, Kim (in South Korea) (Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:35)

    very interesting

  • #4

    rentnmexico (Saturday, 10 September 2011 20:26)

    What a great idea to learn from one and other and to know other Jimdo users!

  • #5

    learninglanguagesl (Sunday, 11 September 2011 08:24)

    It is certainly a great idea. I would also love to meet with Jimdo users. Best wishes to Takuya Kitahara and Jimdo team. Larisa Rzhepishevska (Odessa, Ukraine)

  • #6

    trancongquoi (Sunday, 11 September 2011 09:54)

    Yes, I love Jimdo
    I like Jimdo Cafe, too

  • #7

    Sergiu Ghilescu (Sunday, 11 September 2011 10:29)

    Wow, Nice this idea.....

  • #8

    yanagilearning (Monday, 12 September 2011 07:58)

    where is this Jimdo cafe, the one in tokyo? I would like to go. What do you mean by, every visitor pays for drinks and courses? What courses?

  • #9

    Powen (Monday, 12 September 2011 19:55)

    I think you'll find more information in the Jimdo blog post in Japanese:お知らせ/

  • #10

    kindermusic-miriam (Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:36)

    How neat is that? Go, Jimdo, go!!

  • #11

    juhaniolutkoski (Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:55)

    let's go for coffee!

  • #12

    mastermindpr (Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:58)

    Could Jimdo host something similar in the San Francisco Bay Area? Maybe you could market it via Meet Up or as an event. I think that you'd sign up a lot of new users. I'd show up for expert advice and a free cappuccino!