Living Rooms: Going Japanese

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Living Rooms: Going Japanese


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Japanese Style. I was originally going to do a post on stylish small apartments in Japan. This would have been a sequel on a post I did on Tiny Apartments in Hongkong. I was limited, however, by the few pictures that came up. I went as far as translating the phrase or its variations ‘tiny apartments in Japan or Tokyo’ via the online translator Here is the resulting phrase in Japanese: 東京の小さなアパート Success eludeth me. Perhaps lost in translation, the pictures I am searching for are all in exclusively Japanese language written websites. The phrase translated into Japanese is probably all wrong.


Having lived in tiny flats in Hongkong, ‘small’ continues to fascinate me. I refuse to give up though. The article on small apartments in Japan will have to remain a draft for now. Mmmmm…Maybe I should substitute ‘miniature’ for small. (Aha moment!)


This post has by process of natural elimination, as is the way of Darwinism – the fittest, strongest and ‘mostest’ pictures will survive – is now a highlight on Japanese inspired living rooms. The designs are beautiful, so don’t worry, continue to scroll down. This is not second choice mediocre image offerings.


Japanese style is everything that the Zen embodies: simple, pure, natural, peaceful. A summary description of the living rooms you see is that of openness and oneness with nature. Clutter can easily be concluded as a western notion. There is little id or ego in Japanese design. The personality of the homeowner is secondary. It is all about harmony and minimalism. Paper, stone, wood, tatami mats, shoji screens, futon seating are all in perfect place inviting all of us to come and ‘live in a relaxing, meditative state of being in the room’.


Inviting you all inside the Japanese inspired living room.











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