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A Typical Japanese Apartment And Its Interior

The house of the average Japanese person is relatively small, but it is designed in a clean, minimalist style. Despite the house being small and simple, most people like to have their own home because they can decorate it however they want. Throughout this post, we'll explore some typical Japanese houses and what can be found within them.

If you visit Japanese homes, you’ll notice that they look very different than the homes in your area. They are designed with minimalism in mind, using clean lines and a simple color palette.

Japanese culture has a few major influences that are responsible for the popularity of minimalist design:

The Japanese economy has seen some tough times recently. It hasn’t been this bad since the aftermath of World War II. The Japanese people are feeling the pressure and it shows in their home decorating choices. Many are choosing to simplify and streamline their daily needs.

The Japanese home has a small size. Why is it like this?

One of the main reasons why the Japanese home has a small size is due to the traditional belief that people should be sociable. When you live in a small house, you don’t have to care about privacy, so people tend to be more sociable. However, the need to get a place its more demanding in the main cities like Tokyo, Huge demand and lack of space to build more houses can count as a factor for the matter as well.

(image of the typical japanese plan , in tokyo)

In Japan, it is more natural to hear about a room having a certain amount of tatami mats rather than hearing how many square footage. This is happens due to the ancient practice of having only tatami mats in the room. A tatami (畳) is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms .Tatamis are made in standard sizes, twice as long as wide, about 0.9 m by 1.8 m depending on the region.

So if you plan on getting a house in Japan in the future and find yourself with these measurements in tatami. All it takes is a bit of math.

Since I am one of those, I often dream about it by picturing the future house and what I need and prefer. I go to to watch the price, size and layouts. So my expectations don't rise more than needed.

Did you know a lot of electronic stores have a "new life" category? Basically they have combos such as microwave, fridge and washing machine ready to buy at a saving cost.

Anyway, you can also find some stuff confusing at first like the : R, K, L , D and S . These are common letters used to identify how are the houses and apartments are separated inside. 

R = Room 
K = Kitchen
L = Living room
D = Dining room 
S = Service room

Simple examples: 
1K = one room apartment with kitchen
1DK = one room apartment with dining and kitchen area
1LDK = one room apartment with a living, dining and kitchen area

I have to say so far the LDK option is the best for me just to keep everything separate. 

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