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Living Large in Tiny Japanese Houses

| Design , Life in Japan

Home is where the heart is, regardless of the size, as demonstrated by Japan's "tiny houses." For reference, a "tiny house" typically refers to a house with less than 20 square meters (or about 215 square feet) of floor space. The idea is to maximize efficiency by fitting everything anyone could need in a space the size of eight tatami mats.

Living large in a tiny house

And the ways they maximize space are truly miraculous. While the living room is the hub of the home, other fixtures like the kitchen, bathroom and shower areas surround it like spokes on a wheel. Plus, less space means that by necessity you have to plan for a simpler life. In a way, tiny houses are bringing people together both literally and figuratively.