Kan Yamamoto


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Kan Yamamoto is a Japanese entrepreneur. Kan started Kamino Wallet in 2018 and is based in Kochi.[1]

Kan Yamamoto, founder of Kamino WalletKan Yamamoto, founder of Kamino Wallet

Company

Kamino Wallet

Twitter

@KanYamamoto (2.38K followers)

Instagram

@monto.studio (88 followers)

Career

Early Career

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Kamino Wallet

Kan started Kamino Wallet in 2018. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Kamino Wallet?

I am a self-employed graphic designer who also works as a woodworker/lumberjack. I was born and grew up in Kochi, Japan but moved to Europe and have spent my twenties in Switzerland and Berlin, where I practiced graphic design and the fine arts. After I graduated from the University of Art Berlin in 2011, I returned to Japan to dig deep into my cultural roots and to contribute to the local community.

> I thought the best thing would be to learn how to create small businesses myself. And by doing it, I could be an example for the younger generation to show that it doesn't matter where you live. You could build a global business, however small it is.

Now I am living in a mountainous village in a suburban area of the city of Kochi. I love living near to nature, and the quality of life here is irreplaceable, but one of the biggest problems in rural areas is that there are no jobs. So I thought the best thing would be to learn how to create small businesses myself. And by doing it, I could be an example for the younger generation to show that it doesn't matter where you live. You could build a global business, however small it is.

With my background in art and design, I am a maker by nature, so I naturally looked for ideas for products that I can make myself by hand without much investment. A wallet was my first choice because I genuinely needed it as a consumer but couldn't find the right one that is slim, functional, and eco-friendly on the market.

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starting-a-1k-month-side-hustle-selling-washable-paper-wallets My workshop in the village of Tosayama, Kochi, Japan

Source [1]

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