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Temporary Solitude Shelters

With households on lock-down, short-term rentals/hotels are offering a space for peace, solitude, and mental wellbeing.

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As our homes become our only destination to work, play, sleep, and eat, many couples and families are spending more time together. Alongside this, we're all grappling with the pain and fear of COVID-19. The confluence of factors can lead to fights, frustration, and crowded mental space. 

Kasoku, a short-term rental company has pivoted its services to provide temporary refuges for those seeking solitude. They also now offer free 30-minute divorce consultations to mend broken connections. 

For some, this period of social distancing will lead to a reappreciation of solitude. While loneliness can be harmful, solitude can be a method to heal and live well. And if it's seen as such, will it become commonplace for doctors to prescribe 30 minutes of solitude per day? Or, might clinics offer programmed solitude sessions?

What is the need are you focusing on?

With social distancing restrictions in place, couples and families in Japan are being faced with one another's round-the-clock presence; a rarity for a culture that spends considerable amounts of time at work. Due to this, people are seeking private havens and distance from their partners.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

The Tokyo-based company Kasoku is marketing its empty fully-furnished apartments as a way for stressed couples to get some time apart during the lockdown, like "temporary shelters" for people to escape the family, whether to work or just get some peace and quiet.

What is your profession?

Consultant, Strategy

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Business/Consulting


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