The Japanese people are clearly obsessed with minimalism, especially when it comes to their houses.
This minimalist practice comes with their culture and traditional heritage, where there is a big influence of Zen Buddhism which teaches them to live in simplicity. Less is more, as they say.
However, it is also a question of practicality: being minimalist is cheaper. Plus, as Japan is frequently beset by earthquakes, it doesn’t make sense to have a lot of valuable possessions at your place if you could lose everything.
Now, let’s have a look inside some of the Japanese homes taken over with minimalism.
In Japan, some bedrooms are so stripped down that they don't even have beds.
What does a minimalist keep in his fridge? Not much.
The bathrooms also keep it simple.
This one couldn't be more austere. There aren't any consumerist products in sight.
Sink counters exist to keep stuff on them. All you need is a toothbrush, and that doesn't require one.
A window ledge can be just as useful as a sink counter.
Everything has its place.
Just one spoon and one fork is necessary.
Minimalist Saeko Kushibiki stores away her futon mattress in her apartment. Out of sight, out of mind.
Even living rooms are decluttered. The only furniture items here are a desk and a chair.
But sometimes not even a chair.
It's all about having only simple objects ...
... but that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful.
The lack of furniture means more space to stretch out.
It's easy to keep your kitchen counter clean if you don't have much to put on it.
This ceiling lamp is just a plain white circle.
Because there aren't many items in the first place, the ones you need are easy to find.
They're easily within reach.
Hanging objects on simple hooks is a clean, popular storage strategy among minimalists.
Part of the minimalist philosophy is keeping together the objects that belong together.
It's a way to declutter your life ...
... and your mind.
Each object has its own place and purpose ...
... but sometimes minimalism means not owning a mop.
There's a certain beauty to it.
There's nothing to distract you ...
... and you never need to think about which pot to use for which dish.
Windows and decorations don't compete with each other.
Some scenes are perfect for Instagram ...
... even in the least likely situations.
You get to think of your possessions in a fresh way.
The negative space speaks louder than the spaces filled with stuff.