As the Japanese saying goes, “a person needs only half a tatami mat worth of space when awake, but a full tatami mat when asleep”. Defining the minimum amount of space needed in a house, the saying reflects the Japanese view that unnecessary luxuries should be eliminated from the living space.
In Japan, it’s customary for people to take off their shoes when they enter a house. Creating a space that is cleaner than that found outside is fundamental to the Japanese way of life. With the body in direct contact with the environment, today’s advanced sensory technology is able to create new forms of communication between houses and their occupants.
Enlisting an architect to design your house – no matter what your financial status – is another Japanese custom. It’s a tradition that drives the housing market, while nurturing the talent of architects. The evolution of housing from ancient times to the present day is notable within Japanese history and culture, and serves as a powerful indicator of future potential.