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...
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.
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 team.jimdo.com. There's even a short interview with Mr. Ogawa, a Jimdo café visitor!