“Ajisai” becomes “Mio” apartments

Hydrangeas in JapanRoem has now – inexplicably – switched the name of their apartment complex from “Ajisai” to “Mio”:


Bringing Luxury Leasing to Japantown San Jose

Mio offers a rare collection of modern residences with deep-rooted tradition in the heart of San Jose’s historic Japantown, just steps from unique dining and outdoor shopping destinations, and centrally located near major tech employers and the San Jose International Airport. The property will feature a mix of high-end finishes and luxurious common areas for entertaining, including a rooftop deck with views of downtown, and a resort-style spa for relaxation and rejuvenation. Once complete, Mio will provide 103 residences to renters looking for a unique living experience in dynamic Japantown.

I wonder what tempted them to discard the name “Ajisai” (Japanese for hydrangea)? The only nod that they were willing to give to Japanese culture is now gone. The last we heard, Roem abandoned their plan (agreed with San Jose city government) to bring low-income housing with retail. That’s now a pipe dream. Now, they tout this infill development as “luxury apartments” (with a rail freight line in the backyard!).

One has to wonder when Japantown is going to finally win the respect that it deserves.