It is not uncommon to hear laughter resonating throughout ohashi, a share house in Miyazu, a coastal city in Kyoto Prefecture. Present during such lively conversations in the renovated Japanese-style folk building that is over 100 years old is 23-year-old Honoka Kai, a "trainee manager" of the house who listens to occupants talk about their interactions with locals over drinks.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Translated by Kyodo News.