A home in Japan

A home in Japan

Japanese architecture fascinates me. It isn’t only the signature buildings like Skytree in Tokyo, or Hiroshima’s Peace Museum. The humble home can be as much a work of art as any grand design.

During our last couple of visits to Kobe, Takako and I took time to look at houses with different eyes. Our upcoming move has made us consider what it could be like to live in one. Not just now but in twenty or thirty years when we may find life a little more of a struggle thanks to old age.

I’ve always found large houses daunting. I grew up in a large, detached four bedroom house. It seemed so big, and when I struck out on my own I wondered what I’d do with all the space. As time has passed and my life has settled into a world of digital media rather than physical things, the quest for space has shrunk all the more. At one point I thought I’d spend the rest of my days in a small Victorian terraced cottage. It was enough and that was all I needed.

There are requirements for our home in Kobe. We want a decent kitchen space (I like to cook), a couple of bedrooms so we can have a home office, and a view across the mountains. We’ll move with not much physical stuff (4 suitcases and 6 boxes to be exact) and I doubt we’ll accumulate much more. We’re not hoarders.

Once we’ve moved I plan on making contact with architects and interior designers. I want to start showcasing their work and how they play with and explore home spaces.

Until then I’ll content myself with the 200+ photographs of Japanese homes I’ve taken over the years.

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