01Desk in one of the 56 single rooms designed by Taiji Fujimori
02Top-floor restaurant with naked light bulbs and an angular ceiling
03One of two training spaces in the centre
04A hot spring onsen bath – one of the highlights of the Hakone region
05Glass walls make the most of natural surroundings
06An angular roof caps the L-shaped building with two interior courtyards
07The rooms have doors opening onto wooden decks
08Lobby with G-shaped table and seating units. The low stools can be flipped on their side and turned into tables
Since establishing itself as Japan’s first full-scale printing firm in 1876, Dai Nippon Printing has become a household name. Its services have diversified to include packaging, printing magazines and books, electronic components and information media supplies. With more than 38,000 staff, the provision of training – in inspiring surroundings – is clearly top of its agenda. Since “Hakone Training Center Number 2” opened its doors last June, more than 1,000 staff have visited. The centre is also available for hire by DNP’s 30,000 customer companies.
Sumio Iwanami (44)
Assistant general manager of education and training department
“I come here once a month to take seminars and it’s very different from conventional venues. With all this open space, I feel like I’m taking a seminar in the middle of nature. It’s a very inspiring setting.”
Takajyu Nogi (49)
A general sales manager in publication printing operations, taking part in a seminar on sales
“It is very different being here compared to daily office life. It’s extremely peaceful and makes me want to sit quietly and reflect on my life. It’s giving me confidence to go back to the city with fresh ideas.”
Fujimori, who studied under Teruaki Ohashi, set up his three-staff furniture design practice in Meguro 11 years ago. New projects include the recent launch of a series of office furnishings as well as a paper project exhibited at Roppongi’s Axis gallery and the interior redesign of the dining area at Tokyo Zokei University.