Radical changes to the way people work over the past three years, driven by the adoption of remote work due to the pandemic, have prompted numerous companies in Japan to overhaul the role of the office.

Whether they are mostly continuing remote work or embracing in person operations, the firms have a similar concept in mind — that the office should be a place to boost communication and strengthen networks within the organization.

As a result, some companies have remodeled their offices — at times in a novel, quirky fashion — and re-imagined their role, aiming to turn them into something beyond just being a workplace.