At ABCDEDEN we help others through words, teaching and design. 

 We combine spiritual, practical, physical and invisible techniques for creative outcomes.  

Alice and Jamie have a shared enthusiasm for projects that care for human well being and the natural environment. 

Alice loves to share her life experiences with seminars and writing whilst Jamie is focused on his passion for design and architecture.

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Alice Eden
Creative Director

Alice was born in Kurashiki, Okayama and moved to Tokyo in 2009. She has worked as a counselor and web designer. 

Alice is currently running seminars on subjects such as self counseling, philosophy and spiritualism. She is also a keen writer and event organiser for Global Han’ei.  

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Jamie Eden
Director
BSc (Hons) Dip Arch

Jamie grew up in the Suffolk countryside in the UK and studied architecture for 5 years in Sheffield and London. He worked as an architectural designer in London prior to moving to Japan on a working holiday Visa in 2016. Jamie joined an international architecture practice in Tokyo and met Alice soon after.

Jamie is now working as a freelance architectural designer and developing his own projects in Japan.

He loves exploring and drawing urban environments and is excited to see a sketch or drawing transformed into a physical output.

Alice and Jamie story so far

Alice

When she was little she hardly ever spoke. As soon as she could start to stand and walk, she always left her mother’s house and walked over by herself to her mother’s grandmother who lives nearby. Her good memories of her early childhood were only with her grandmother and aunt (who lived with her grandmother). Her grandmother working as something similar to a counselor or a healer, and during her childhood, when Alice was small, she always sat nearby and watched interactions with people who came to consult with her grandmother. Her aunt was also a loving person like her grandmother, always helping people to move around.

She was still small and a childish age. When she was a child she received lots of love from these two women. That love continued to support her after a turning point in her life that occurred when she was in kindergarten. Some time before starting to go to kindergarten she moved and started to live together with her father’s grandmother and grandfather. The paternal grandmother was exactly the opposite of the maternal grandmother. The distance between her beloved grandmother and aunt was greater than before, and it was a moment when her life was a little painful for her. From that point on her stress and atopy got worse. There were problems in the family and she always cried alone in bed. She was always too sad, I didn’t want to live there, and I wanted to go home. She did not know where she wanted to go back, but I wanted to go back to where she came from and felt that she wanted to disappear. From then on she had a dark, dark childhood and elementary school days, went to junior high school and grew from 12 to 13 …

Jamie

Around that time, Jamie was born as the first child from English parents. Both are teachers. His father a strong character who is head teacher of an elementary school in England, and mother who is a bright primary school teacher like the sun.

As you can see without saying, Jamie received a lot of love from his parents. And he grew up worry free. When Jamie was still small and able to stand and walk freely and move freely, he started to make things with all his might with such small hands. Making a house with cardboard etc., make furniture. He was fascinated with creating a space. When he went out and started to play, he put up a tent. He liked to draw pictures of houses. He liked it and I couldn’t help it. (The little Jamie, now grown up, still has a pure heart of his little days, and just keeps doing what he likes. His wife, Alice, likes to look on at Jamie enjoying what he does. It makes her smile …)

Alice

At junior high school age some bright memories were made in contrast to her dark childhood. She began to notice that she liked music. A friend composed a song for her to sing. She was moved by the fun. At the same time, she sometimes began to experience the magical experience of channeling.

Jamie

Jamie, who had now grown a little larger became interested in the guitar and started practicing because of the influence of his older cousin (now playing in bands in England and Australia etc.). In addition to his favorite creative things in design and art, etc., his love and interest in music would be renewed again in the future.

Alice

As a young adult her father’s alcoholism had escalated and life at home became so uncomfortably that she ran away with her mother. After that, communication with Alice’s beloved aunt (mother’s sister) resumed who helped them during this hard time…. Alice then decided to follow her dream for a long time of moving to Tokyo. She decided to leave. When she finally started to walk her chosen life she had various experiences, and also experienced the big heartbreaks, unemployment and isolation “bottom bottom”, and from there gradually recovered in “self counseling”, and then met with Jamie, and new experiences began…

Jamie

Jamie came to Japan on a working holiday and soon found work as an architectural designer. And shortly after met Alice and fell in love. He planned to return home in a year, but was given a new visa from his company so postponed his return to the UK and is still in Japan for the time being. However, in the meantime, Jamie has married Alice and a surprising life has begun.

【「Alice & Jamie」のストーリー】

*アリス

小さい頃は、全然しゃべらない子供でした。立って歩くことができはじめると同時に、いつも、いつの間にか母の元からスタスタと離れ、近くに住んでいる母方の祖母のところへ。なので小さい頃の思い出といえば、祖母と(あとは祖母と一緒に住んでいた)叔母(母の姉)とのことばかり。祖母はカウンセラーや(今でいうと)ヒーラーのようなことをしていて、小さい私は、祖母の元に相談に来る人とのやりとりを、いつも側に座って見ているような子供時代でした。叔母も祖母のように愛情深い人で、いつも人を助けて動き回っていました。私は、小さい頃に、この二人から、可愛がられ愛情を沢山に受け取りました。その愛は、幼稚園あたりから起こる人生の転換期後の人生を支え続けてくれました。幼稚園に通いはじめる少し前くらいに、引っ越しがあり、父方の祖母と祖父と皆んなで一緒に住むことになりました。父方の祖母は、母方の祖母とは何もかもが正反対でした。大好きな祖母と叔母との距離が前より離れてしまい、小さい私にとって苦しい人生がスタートした瞬間でした。それからは、ストレスからか、アトピーが酷くなったり、家族の問題で、いつも一人でベッドの中で泣く毎日でした。いつも、悲しすぎて、ここで生きていたくなくて、帰りたくて仕方がありませんでした。どこに帰りたいのかは分かりませんでしたが、自分の来たところに帰りたくて、消えてしまいたい気持ちでした。そうして暗い暗い幼少期と小学生時代を過ごし、中学へと上がり、12歳から13歳へと成長していきます…

 



*ジェイミー

その頃、イギリスのとある小学校の先生である二人(ジェイミーの両親)の元に初めての子として誕生したのが、未来でアリスのパートナーとなるジェイミー。義父は2つの小学校で校長をするほどの人格者で、義母は太陽のように明るい小学校の先生。言わずとも分かるように、ご両親から愛情をたっぷりに受けました。そしてノビノビと育ちました。まだ小さいジェイミーは、一人で立って歩き自由に動けるようになると、その小さい手で、一生懸命に「ものづくり」をはじめるのでした。段ボールなどを使って家を作ったり、家具を作ったりし、自分の好きなスペースを作ることに夢中になっていました。外に出て遊びはじめる頃には、テントを貼ったりし、そこでも自分の空間を作るほど、とにかく、気がつけば何かを作っている。とにかく、家を作ること絵を描くことなどが好きで好きで仕方がない子供でした。(その小さいジェイミーは、今、大きくなっても、小さい頃の純粋なハートのまま変わらず、ただただ好きなことをし続けている。妻のアリスは横で、本当に好きなんだなぁと見ていて微笑ましくなるのです…)

*アリス

暗い幼少の時期から少し明るい思い出もできはじめる中学時代。音楽が好きであることに気がつきはじめる。友達が作曲し、アリスが作詞をする。その楽しさに感動する。それと同時に、ときどきチャネリングをする不思議な体験をしはじめる。

*ジェイミー

少し大きくなったジェイミーが時々一緒に過ごしたのがジェイミーの憧れの従兄弟のお兄ちゃん(現在はイギリスやオーストラリアなどでバンド活動をしている)の影響でギターに興味を持ちはじめ練習をはじめる。大好きなクリエイティブ・デザイン・アートなどに加え音楽への憧れと興味も新たに加わる。

(省略)

*アリス
大人になり、父のアル中が酷くなり、母と逃げるように家を出る。それをきっかけに、大好きな叔母(母の姉)との交流が再開し、叔母に助けてもらうことに…その後、母と叔母に背中を押されアリスはずっと前からの夢だった東京へと旅立つ。やっと自分の選んだ人生を歩みはじめ、いろんな経験をし、大失恋と失業と絶縁の「どん底」も味わい、そこから「セルフカウンセリング」で少しずつ立ち直った頃に、ジェイミーと出会い、新たな経験がはじまる…

*ジェイミー

ワーキングホリデーで来日し、すぐに建築デザイナーとして仕事にありつく。その上、アリスと出会ってしまい恋に落ちてしまう。一年で帰国する予定だったが、会社からはビザも出たので、とりあえず滞在を延期する。しかし、あれよあれよという間に、アリスと結婚することになり、意外な人生が幕を開ける。アリスとともに、新たな挑戦がはじまることに…

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