Home, we all probably have heard that word too much too often these days as “stayhome” has been a daily chant all around the world every single day, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since many people find themselves staying home more in recent periods, it is probably a good time to be talking about the housing realm in Japan, which is phenomenally exceptional in its own way.
Matcha, sakura, bullet train, sushi, kimono, Mount Fuji—apart from these pronounced representations of Japan as a whole—the small-sized house is another perspicuous depiction of the country. As much as it is peculiar amongst non-Japanese, this local’s social norm of living in a limited footprint abode is probably not as bad as it sounds.
Housing in Japan is typically available in three types—マンション (manshon, “condominium”), アパート(apāto, “apartment”) and 戸建て (kodate, “detached house”)—the latter are known to be the most common house type of a family home but the formers are no less of an ideal dwelling for a family of up to four. Several factors have contributed to the downsized living in Japan, especially in the capital’s neighborhood. The main one being land scarcity due to the fact that 73% of the land available is considered mountainous, and a large percentage of the flat land is used for farming and agriculture purposes. For these reasons, ergo high property prices and as a result, small dwellings are often the answer to residents’ choices.
Marie-Kondo-ing can never be easier
All my baby’s clothes and other small stuff are inside this one dresser
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