Friday Fun: Traditional Japanese Houses

Traditional old houses in Japan tend to lose their value and are difficult to restore. Few people want to be saddled with them, as they are frequently in remote locations and badly insulated. However, you can’t fault their aesthetics – and since these Friday posts are all about escapism, I will simply look for the positives: that elegant, minimalist style which is so good for my mental health. (They are also very much present in Studio Ghibli productions)

A countryside home – minka (people’s home, for the non-samurai classes), from Japan Objects.
The gardens are of course one of the most appealing features, so far removed from most city dwellings, from Japan Travel Magazine.
Some houses are on stilts or water, from Wonder Travel Blog.
A renovated house, combining Japanese and Western style, from CNN.
I can’t tell you how frequently I have longed for a kotatsu type table (that would be heated underneath, keeping your feet toasty). From Mansion Global.
The typical corridor going outside the main rooms, like a sort of porch, with sliding shoji doors. It feels like absolute peace! From Mansion Global.
One more inner courtyard to finish things off. I would never move from that veranda! From InDesign Singapore.

8 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Traditional Japanese Houses”

  1. Thank you for this, these are inspired choices. Sending warmth and hopes for a Zen-like weekend from here!

  2. I love minimalism, Marina Sofia, and I always find it a tonic to be in minimalist places. Any of these homes would be a restorative for me. I’m especially drawn to the one from Mansion Global, but they’re all wonderful.

  3. It’s the combination of wood, delicacy, greenery, aesthetic, and minimalism that appeals, along with a sense of timelessness and, as you say, the Studio Ghibli vibe. Any of these would suit me, thanks very much, though not so much the interior with Western furnishings…

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