Best Traditional Japanese House Design Ideas With Stunning Forest 12
Best Traditional Japanese House Design Ideas With Stunning Forest 12

30+ Best Traditional Japanese House Design Ideas With Stunning Forest

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Although many different types of housing can be seen in Japan, generally the living area is smaller than in other countries. Some houses are designed and furnished in a Western style, but most still retain the traditions of earlier housing styles.When I lived in a two room apartment in Tokyo it took sometime getting used to. The concept of having so little space was hard. I shared the apartment with a co-worker so I was unable to entertain or have friends over. Everything was different – the bedding, the floor, the bathroom and the kitchen, the windows.

For bedding I slept on a Futon which I had to lay and fold away everyday so that I could have room to use my room. A Futon is just a thin mattress with a sheet and something similar to a doona. I actually still use a futon even though I no longer live in Japan.You can only really use a Futon if you have Tatami flooring. Tatami are heavy rush mats that cover the more formal rooms and bedrooms in a house.

Neither shoes or slippers can be worn while walking on Tatami. Furniture is generally not placed on Tatami. Instead square cushions are used as seats.Some houses have a Tokonoma in a Tatami room. A Tokonama is a display area for beautiful objects and seasonal ornaments such as flower arrangements and hanging scrolls. Guest or visitors are always seated nearest the tokonoma.

The apartment I lived in had a box bath. It was quite strange as it looked more like an large open washing machine than a bath. Japanese love having long baths. This practice is referred to as Ofuro. An Ofuro bath is filled with very hot water. All the washing of the body takes place outside the bath. The same bath is shared by family members.

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