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HOUSES IN TOKYO | MODERN HOUSES IN JAPAN | TRADITIONAL HOUSES IN JAPAN
This inspiration came because I had lived in Japan for eight years. I just wanted to share my little experience during my stay in Japan. Living in Japan is fun. I can say that the houses in Japan are very comfortable. But I have no desire to buy a house in Japan. Because in my opinion, the price of houses in Japan are very expensive. Especially around Tokyo, Ginza. But the main reason is because I don’t have much money…
Housing in Japan includes modern and traditional styles. Two patterns of residences are predominant in contemporary Japan: the single-family detached house and the multiple-unit building, either owned by an individual or corporation and rented as apartments to tenants, or owned by occupants. Additional kinds of housing, especially for unmarried people, include boarding houses [which are popular among college students], dormitories [common in companies], and barracks [for members of the Self-Defense Forces, police and some other public employees].
To complement your curiosity about the houses in Tokyo, Japan; the following is for your information or guidance.
MODERN HOUSES IN JAPAN
Housing is typically listed in real estate advertisements in the format of a number of rooms plus letter designators indicating the presence of common room areas, for example: 1R or 2LDK.
R designating room, L for living room, D for dining room, and K for kitchen. In this format, the bathroom and toilet are not mentioned but are included with the exception of some very small 1R or 1K’s. L, D and K are not really separate and are part of or next to the kitchen. An LDK is bigger than a DK. The number before the letters indicates the number of additional multipurpose rooms. Often the rooms are separated by removable sliding doors, fusuma, so large single rooms can be created.
Additionally, advertisements quote the sizes of the rooms — most importantly, the living room — with measurements in tatami mats, traditional mats woven from rice straw that are of a standard size: 180 cm by 90 cm [5 feet, 10 inches by 3 feet] in the Tokyo region, and 191 cm by 95.5 cm in western Japan: “2DK; one six-tatami Japanese-style room, one six -tatami Western – style room” is an example.
In Japan, multiple-unit blocks are referred to as one of two types:
- Apaato buildings; which are usually only a few stories in height, without a central secure entrance.
- Manshon more modern; expensive buildings with multiple floors, elevators, and a communal secure gate, with centralised postboxes; they are usually more sturdily built than apaato, normally of reinforced concrete [RC] construction.
TRADITIONAL HOUSES IN JAPAN
Traditional Japanese housing does not have a designated use for each room aside from the entrance area [genkan], kitchen, bathroom, and toilet. Any room can be a living room, dining room, study, or bedroom. This is possible because all the necessary furniture is portable, being stored in oshiire, a small section of the house used for storage.
It is important to note that in Japan, living room is expressed as i-ma, living ‘space’. This is because the size of a room can be changed by altering the partitioning. Large traditional houses often have only one ima [living room / space] under the roof, while kitchen, bathroom, and toilet are attached on the side of the house as extensions.
Somewhat similar to modern offices, partitions within the house are created by fusuma, sliding doors made from wood and paper, which are portable and easily removed. Fusuma seal each partition from top to bottom so it can create a mini room within the house. On the edge of a house are roka, wooden floored passages, that are similar to hallways. Roka and ima are partitioned by shoji, sliding and portable doors that are also made from paper and wood. Unlike fusuma, paper used for shoji is very thin so outside light can pass through into the house.
This was before glass was used for sliding doors. Roka and outside of the house are either partitioned by walls or portable wooden boards that are used to seal the house at night. Extended roofs protect the roka from getting wet when it rains, except during typhoon season where the house gets sealed completely. Roofs of traditional houses in Japan are made of wood and clay, with tiles or thatched areas on top.
For large gatherings, these partitions are removed to create one large meeting room. During a normal day, partitions can create much smaller and more manageable living spaces. Therefore, kitchen, bathroom, toilet, and genkan with one multipurpose living space create one complete Japanese housing unit. However, the bathroom, toilet, and even kitchen can be communal.
Therefore, the minimum Japanese housing arrangement, which is still possible to find if one is looking for the cheapest room to rent, consists of just genkan and one living room / space.
Source : en.wikipedia.org